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The sports club in 2030

The sports club in 2030 – what will our clubs, leisure centres and other places for community sport and physical activity look and feel like in ten years time?   Are you willing and able to embrace change in order to survive and prosper?​When we launched Sports...

Community Sports Volunteering Summit 2020

With community sports reliant on the volunteer workforce, knowing how to effectively recruit, retain and manage volunteers is crucial to organisational and service resilience – particularly in the context of increasing financial, social and regulatory pressures.
So, why do many, if not all, community sports clubs report that they struggle to recruit and retain skilled and passionate volunteers? And at the same time it appears that very few clubs do have active programmes for volunteer leadership and management.
We also come across sports bodies who tend to almost over-burden their club volunteers with all sorts of admin, reporting and governance work – could we not be a bit more considerate when it comes to asking clubs and volunteers for stuff!

Community Football Summit 2020

A myriad of community football providers and formats Community and grassroots football play a huge role in people’s lives, in sport and in our communities.  Whether played in a traditional club, a community setting, a small-sided facility or somewhere else...

Bridging the gaps

Bridging the gaps How policy-makers, grassroots-providers,sports bodies and health professionals could benefit from collaborating Answer: Go on a DIET (see more below)  Increasingly, we are experiencing two serious gaps that are affecting how we fund,...

Asset transfers

Asset transfers – a great way of developing community assets,  or a convenient way for local authorities to get rid of ramshackle facilities, or both? Asset transfers of community buildings and sports facilities have taken place across the UK for a few years now....

Report from Funding community sport conference

Report from Funding community sport conference The conference was held on 4th September 2019 at the University of Hertfordshire and run in partnership with  The starting point was that the funding landscape for community sport and physical activity is...