One-to-one help for sports clubs

DERBYSHIRE sports clubs are being offered the chance to receive one-to-one support to help them achieve goals such as increasing club membership or producing a club development plan, as part of a new Club Developers scheme.

Club Developers is being launched by Derbyshire Sport as part of its 2012 Legacy Programme, and aims to support around 60 clubs.

A workforce of ‘Club Developers’ with experience in sports development are currently being trained, and will work with selected clubs on a one-to-one basis for a short period of time.

Sports clubs which have plans or goals that they would like help with can now apply to be part of the scheme, and successful clubs will be matched with a Club Developer who will work with committee members towards targets set by the club.

Support could include help to develop a club development plan, a review of the club committee, an audit of the number of coaches and volunteers needed and help to recruit them, help to increase membership or promote the club, an audit of facility requirements, help to write a funding bid or support to achieve ClubMark status.

Andrea Stone, sport development manager at Derbyshire Sport, said: “The support offered will be steered by the needs and wants of each club, and will be on a case-by-case basis.

“There are lots of programmes, initiatives and funding pots available to support clubs, but committee members may not always know what is out there or where to find the information they need – which is where the Club Developers come in.

“We hope to be able to support 60 sport clubs to help them achieve their goals and also to help them become more strongly linked to the work of the key partners within the sports infrastructure in Derbyshire.”

Club Developers will be deployed through either local authorities or governing bodies, working with each selected club for an average of six to ten hours between April and September. Clubs should be able to commit to having at least three committee members directly involved.

Funding for the Club Developers scheme has been provided by Derbyshire County Council. It is open to sports clubs from any Sport England recognised sport which is based within Derbyshire, excluding Derby City.

To apply, clubs should download an application form from www.derbyshiresport.co.uk

Completed application forms should be sent to andrea.stone@derbyshire.gov.uk before the March 2 deadline.