facilitiesGuidance to Sports Clubs

Sources of Help

Sport England offers advice and support to help ensure that everyone has access to high-quality facilities. They are also a statutory consultee on planning applications affecting playing field land. They have useful information on such things as design, asset transfers, making planning applications and sustainable clubs (energy efficiency). You can find lots of tools and guidance on the Sport England website

'Club Matters' has a wide range of handy tools and templates that could help you on your way including a whole section on facilities. It is free to register with Club Matters

You should contact your local town/parish and district/borough/city council on issues of planning applications, security of tenure (if applicable), possible funding support, if your development meets any of their strategic outcomes, perhaps promoting your club and if they are supportive of your developments in general.

Your National Governing Body of Sport (e.g. The Lawn Tennis Association or Bowls England) will be interested in your plans and may be able to offer further guidance. They may have a facilities strategy and/or someone who is responsible for overseeing facility developments. For local contacts see the Active Sussex website

Your County Sports Partnership, Active Sussex, is always happy to advise and point you in the right direction regarding various club development issues. For clubs seeking to apply for funding to develop their club, we can offer an initial consultation meeting for a small fee and potentially a bid writing service depending on the project. Contact Active Sussex for more details.

Top Tips To Making It Happen

  • Be ambitious but realistic in your plans; it will take considerable effort, time and funding
  • Gather local & strategic evidence on why your development is needed not just desired
  • Create a focussed project team separate from the main club committee
  • Draw up a fundraising plan and get as many club members and associates involved as possible
  • Ensure that you have a long security of tenure of the facility (without break clauses) if leased; typically 25 years
  • Seek partners to work with e.g. other sports, new users, sponsors & community groups
  • Write a development plan that takes the club beyond the life of the facility project
  • Be an expert in your catchment area and demonstrate your club's value in the community
  • Research all funding options checking that your project is able to meet the funding criteria

Sport England Information

HDSD Contact

Articles of Interest

May 2016 - Sport England Design Guidance Updates

facility design

Clubhouse Design Guidance Notes: 1

Project Management One of the most important tasks is for the club to set up a team of people to set out the needs and aspirations for the project and make key decisions along the way.

To find out more click here; https://www.sportengland.org/media/10280/1-clubhouse-project-management.pdf

Clubhouse Design Guidance Notes: 2 Design Although clubhouses are relatively small buildings, the way they are designed has a significant impact on how welcoming they feel and how well they operate.

To find out more click here; https://www.sportengland.org/media/10281/2-clubhouse-design.pdf

Clubhouse Design Guidance Notes: 3 Refurbishment This document provides guidance on the refurbishment, modernisation and improvement of an existing clubhouse.

To find out more click here; https://www.sportengland.org/media/10279/3-clubhouse-refurbishment.pdf

Clubhouse Design Guidance Notes: 4 Sustainability In this document the focus is on identifying practical measures that will make a clubhouse more comfortable, make more efficient use of energy and other resources and help change attitudes and behaviours.

To find out more click here; https://www.sportengland.org/media/10278/4-clubhouse-sustainability.pdf

Facilities Costs Second Quarter 2016

The following costs are for the development of community sports facilities and are based on providing good quality sports facilities for the 2nd Quarter 2016.. Tender prices are forecast to rise nationally by 2.5% to December 2016 although this is likely to be subject to significant regional variation. It is anticipated that construction output will rise nationally by 2.9% in 2016, compared to 6.8% in 2015.

To find out more click here; https://www.sportengland.org/media/10289/facility-costs-2q16.pdf

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