Satellite Clubs

What is a satellite club?

Satellite clubs are extensions, or outposts of community sports clubs which are established in a new venue, usually a secondary school or college, and specifically target the 11-25 age group.

Coaches and volunteers from a community sports club work in partnership with the satellite host venue to create a new community satellite club.

By 2017, every secondary school in England will have been offered a satellite community sports club on its site. Each club will have a direct link to one or more NGBs, depending on the clubs in its area.

Satellite clubs may also be established in colleges, or other relevant education or community settings, depending on local need.

These clubs will help us grow the number of 11-25 year olds taking part in sport for at least 30 minutes every week, as well as reducing the number of young people dropping out of sport.

Sport England plans to invest up to £49 million into satellite clubs between 2012-17.

 

Satellite Club model

We know that the step from school or college sport to community sport is often too great for young people. This is why so many 11-25 year olds drop-out of sport.

Satellite clubs make it easier for young people to stay in sport, or to start playing sport for the first time.

They provide a stepping stone to a community club or regular participation through the creation of relevant, appealing and convenient sporting opportunities for young people.

 

How do we develop a successful satellite club?

Sport England has developed a satellite club guidance document for community sports clubs on how to plan, establish and sustain a successful satellite club. Please see the attached document below.

 

Satellite Club funding

Satellite clubs are invited to apply for grants of up to £850 to develop new and creative sessions for young people aged 11-18.

The application window will remain open until 30th September 2017 or until the 2017 funding allocation has been met (whichever is sooner).

To find out more, click here.

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