Sports clubs can develop in many different ways.
How each club should develop or what area’s they should prioritise is very much down to the club, their current position and their aspirations for the future.
However it is important that clubs ensure that they have measures relating to minimum standards of operation in place such as governing body affiliation and appropriate insurance.
Some of the areas in which clubs can develop are:
To get started with your club’s development, the best point can often be to reflect on the current development position of your club.
Consider the current strengths and weakness of your clubs operation and any particular threats or opportunities facing your club. This can help you to from an action plan to provide a step by step guide for how you plan to develop your club. In this process it is often useful to get a wide range of people from your club to input to make sure all sections of the club are ‘bought in’. An Action Plan Template is available to help you with this process.
The first question to ask yourself when starting a new club is “is there a need for a new club”? Consider if there is already another local club meeting the community needs in your sport.
If there is a need for a new club in the area, then consider the following:
If, after considering these key questions, there is a consensus to establish a new club it is important to get the basics building blocks in place. These include: