Helping young people take the step into community sport is at the heart of Sport England’s 2012-2017 Youth and Community Strategy. Satellite clubs can bridge the gaps between school, college and community sport.
The clubs provide new opportunities for young people to create lifelong sporting habits. Therefore clubs will help grow the number of 11-25 year olds taking part in sport. Furthermore the clubs aim to reduce the number of young people dropping out of sport.
By 2017, Sport England will have invested up to £49 million into satellite clubs. Sport England aim for every secondary school in England to have been offered a satellite community sports club on its site. Each satellite club will have a direct link to one or more NGBs, depending on the clubs in its area.
What is a Satellite Club?
Satellite clubs are extensions, or outposts of community sports clubs which are established in a new venue, usually a secondary school or college and specifically target the 11-25 age group.
The clubs are demand led and are based on what young people want. Coaches and volunteers from or linked to a community sports club work in partnership with the satellite host venue to create a new community Satellite Club.
Satellite Clubs in Sussex
Satellite clubs were established across Sussex in 2013, covering a range of sports. To date 88 clubs have been funded with almost 1,700 young people taking part.
Active Sussex aims to offer a satellite club to all secondary schools and colleges in Sussex by 2017.
Currently Year 4 applications have now closed for 2016 / 2017. However, Active Sussex will update you with further information as soon as it becomes available.
Sustaining Current Satellite Clubs
Finally, between April 2017 and September 2017 Active Sussex will be working with existing satellite clubs. As a result clubs will be assessed as to their sustainability and what we can do to help the clubs going forwards.
For information on making the most of your school site, please visit the Sport England Use Our School resource.
For more information please contact:
Education & Club Links Manager
01273 644139 / 07760 156122
Jo develops sports participation in young people aged 11+ by enhancing links between school & community sport. She also leads on the Sussex School Games.