Club Matters

We strongly recommend that sports clubs and their volunteers sign up to Sport England's Club Matters programme. Club Matters provides guidance and support through workshop, online modules and mentoring approaches in a number of areas including:

Club finances
* Budgeting
* Generating income
* Managing costs
* Managing your money
* Tax and sports clubs
* Funding guidance
Club management
* Club structure
* Managing risk
* Effective committees
* Policies and procedures
* Facilities

Club people
* Volunteers
* Coaches
* Members and participants
* Inclusivity

Club marketing
* Market research
* Marketing strategy
* Traditional marketing
* Digital marketing
* Sponsorship
* Social media

There is also a range of template resources in the resource library on the site




Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections and it is also catered for through the Club Matters site

Clubmark accreditation is awarded to clubs that comply with minimum operating standards in four areas:

  • The playing programme
  • Duty of care and safeguarding and protecting children and young people
  • Knowing your club and its community
  • Club management

Clubs working towards accreditation can receive support and advice from their NGB, local authority sports development team and other partners such as county sports partnerships (CSPs). Circumstances will vary between clubs and sports but the process of accreditation is the same. There is only one set of paperwork to complete and in general most clubs are well on the way to achieving accreditation without realising it.

Clubmark can now be applied for online


Sported is an organisation that provides significant developmental and resource support to clubs and groups working with disadvantaged young people aged 11-25 years