Everything You Need To Know About Starting A Sports Club
Have you often wondered what it would be like to start your own sports club? Community sports clubs and leagues are a great way to give back to the community. And a fantastic way to relive some of the memories that you probably have as a child. Sports is a way to bring people together. And a great pastime for anybody looking to get more out of life.
But how do you set up your own sports club? It isn't obvious. Let's take a look at what's involved.
Do Your Research
First of all, you have to do your research. Find out what kindof sports the area is famous for. You can ask around at the local YMCA orleisure center to see which sports are the most popular. If you want a thrivingsports club, you don't want to offer something obscure. You want to do somethingthat's already being done in the local community. Remember, it's not aboutproviding a niche. It's about doing something that is going to draw people in
You can also talk to friends and colleagues about what types ofsports they would be interested in trying. Having a small cluster of peopleinvolved from the start is a great way to build membership.
Create A Venue
All sports clubs have to have a venue. But you'll have to thinkcarefully about what it is exactly that your club needs. Do you need a privatevenue with minimal spectator
areas? Or do you need somewhere with grandstand seating?
Do you need something that is close to public transport? Orwould the members of your club have their own means to get to you? Does yourclub need any specific facilities, like tennis courts? Or will a field suffice?
Grab The Attention Of Local Organisations
An excellent way to increase the visibility of your club is toinvolve other established organizations. Local churches and communityorganizations can help spread the message.
Set Out Your Budget
Anybody setting up a sports club needs to define a clear andcoherent budget. There's no point trying to set up your own golf club if you don't have the finances orthe marketing plan to do it. Think about what facilities your club will needand how much it will need to charge. Ask yourself whether members will bringtheir own equipment or whether it will have to be provided. Also, considerwhether you'll have to pay a coach or a referee or whether members themselves can do it.
Write Club Guidelines
It might seem a bit overkill to write down club guidelines,especially if you only meet once a week for a game of rounders. But sportsclubs, like any society involving people, generate conflict. That's why it's agood idea to have something official that you can refer to in the event thatsomething goes wrong.
It's also a good thing to have for definingroles in the club. You want a club chairperson and a treasurer. And having afew extra board members helps spread the workload across more people.