Club Leaders – Creating Better Business Skills for Sport
Ten thousand community sports clubs now have the chance to develop better business skills thanks to Sport England’s innovative new programme, Club Leaders.
Providing free training and support to those doing the day-to-day running of community sport, Club Leaders will help create a robust, economically sustainable and enterprising club network.
Olympic silver medalist, Roger Black MBE, said:
“Community sports clubs are the backbone of grassroots sport and are what help nurture our sports stars of tomorrow. I know first-hand how important the people who volunteer to help run these community clubs are, having seen it not only in my own athletics career but every Sunday when I take my children to play at our local sports club.
“By supporting those who keep our clubs going and by providing them with the skills to do that job more effectively, we will build a strong future for sport in this country beyond this year’s Games.”
People from sports clubs will be able to develop skills in business and financial planning, marketing, governance and facilities management in ways that suit them. There is an interactive website with e-learning modules, face-to-face seminars or people can sign up for one-to-one mentoring.
Sport England Chief Executive, Jennie Price, said:
“We asked the people who run clubs what they needed most, and their advice has guided every aspect of the Club Leaders offer: simple, flexible training and advice, delivered locally, and completely free. They are the unsung heroes of grassroots sport, and I am delighted we are able to offer them support as part of the legacy of London 2012.”
A Learning Bus will also tour the country, initially following the route of the Olympic Torch Relay, giving clubs in rural and inner city areas the chance to find out more, including:
- Speak to Club Leader trainers about getting involved in seminars or applying for the mentoring scheme
- Take advantage of the free computer to check out the website and see what’s on offer or take one of the e-learning modules.
Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson, said:
“Volunteers are vital for community sport to flourish so it is important that we nurture their talent and enthusiasm. This training and support offered by Sport England will help people develop the broad range of skills they need to run a successful and dynamic sports club.”
Club Leaders is being delivered by PwC, whose local staff will share their business expertise with the community sports sector.
The programme is part of Places People Play, the £135 million National Lottery-funded legacy programme that is bringing the inspiration and magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities all over the country.
To find out more, access the learning resources and find out where the bus will be stopping, visit www.sportenglandclubleaders.com/.