What are Satellite Clubs?
Sport England is working in partnership with National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs) and County Sports Partnerships (CSPs) by investing over £49 million of Lottery funding into the development of Satellite Clubs.
Research shows many young people stop playing sport when they leave school, satellite clubs aims to provide a supported pathway for young people to make the transition from school to community sport easier.
Satellites are extensions of community sports clubs identified as the ‘hub’ club who bring their expertise to a new setting. Aimed at attracting semi sporty 11-25 year olds satellite clubs will reflect local circumstances, bringing sport to young people in local familiar environments.
The creation of additional clubs will support an increase in the number of 11-25 year olds participating in 1x 30 minutes per week in community sport and reduce the drop off in sports participation.
Funding to support Satellite Clubs
Local funding: Sport England has awarded local delivery funding which will be profiled over 3 years to support the set-up and delivery of Satellite Clubs, to fill gaps in provision and meet the demands of young people. The funding can be used in a variety of ways to help set up and sustain the new clubs; for example, marketing of the new club, coach fees, facility hire, small items of equipment, training of coaches and volunteers.
Features of a satellite
- Based locally, usually in a secondary school or college.
- Held at a time when young people can access the facility.
- Run every week for at least 1 hour.
- Open to all young people across the local community.
- A clear identity as a community club.
- Targeted at specific groups for example, focus on disability, gender or age specific.
- Run by club coaches and volunteers – a key link to the club.
- Less formal structure, membership and rules based on the needs of young people.
- Its membership reflects the local population.
For a full guide to satellite clubs see the document below.