What are satellite clubs?
Satellite clubs are extensions, or outposts of community sports clubs which are normally established in a new venue, usually a secondary school or college and specifically target the 14-25 year old age group.
Satellite clubs are usually run by sports clubs who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to places where young people already meet. Coaches and volunteers from, or linked to, the community hub sports club work in partnership with the satellite host venue to create a new community satellite club.
Satellite clubs can help 'hub' clubs recruit new members and regular participants. They can build loyalty, reduce the drop off in participation amongst the 14-25 year old age group and retain members for longer.
It is also an opportunity to reach further into the community, raise the profile of the club, recruit new volunteers and leaders as well as encouraging long term sustainability of a sports club.
The Story So Far
In Birmingham, the satellite club programme so far has:
• Supported the creation of 129 new satellite clubs (of which 78 are still active)
• Engaged with over 80% of secondary schools and colleges to host a satellite club
• Supported over 50 community sports clubs/organisations to deliver satellite clubs
• Invested over £200,000 into the delivery of satellite clubs since 2013
If you are aged 14-25 and interested in joining a satellite club please click here.