Realising the potential of community sports clubs

Support for community sports clubs

  • We focus our financial support and advice on boosting the youth sections of community sport clubs in the UK’s most deprived areas.
  • We work with inspirational club leaders who believe in the power of sport to help transform young lives but who lack the support to make the most of their clubs.
  • Community sports clubs provide a vehicle for regular and sustained participation with built-in pathways for progression.
  • Linking clubs effectively into NGB and local authority support networks and developing club-school links is crucial.

Our model for community sports club development

  • We focus on three key 'pillars' of club development:  Growth, Sustainability and Youth Development
  • Access Sport’s local project manager draws on local knowledge and face to face meetings to select the right clubs and, crucially, the right club leaders who have the motivation and potential to grow the youth sections of their clubs.
  • Each club then works face to face with our project manager to create a bespoke development plan over two years. Utilising £4,000 each club increases participation, reaches out to local kids, families and schools, increases capacity by creating new coaches and volunteers.
  • Our projects address the key barriers to participation by subsidising participation fees, providing free equipment, raising awareness of local sports opportunities, linking the club to local initiatives and to the NGBs and Sport England for long term support.
  • Particular focus is on bringing through local youngsters to give them the opportunity to learn coaching, life and management skills which improve their employability.
  • Our work across a range of sports creates a new generation of community serving, youth focused clubs, giving genuine choice in deprived areas where access to opportunities in general, and to sport in particular, is poor.
  • Good community clubs create the bridge into both regular year-round and adult participation which a pure schools led approach cannot achieve. Clubs also reach out to those who may be alienated from the school system.
  • In many cases we have helped clubs to double participation and more.


“The fire is burning and we need to fan the flame with charities like Access Sport, which does exactly what it says, giving kids access to sport.”

Olympic Rower and Access Sport Ambassador, Greg Searle MBE






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