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A satellite club is an extension of a community sports club (hub club), or a 'pop-up club' which is established in a new venue such as a school or college and targets the 14-25 age group. They aim to attract a new audience to sports clubs.

Satellite clubs are run by established sports clubs who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to local places where young people already meet. Satellite clubs help to create a link between school sport and community sport, encouraging a gradual transition. Identifying local needs determines the requirement for a satellite club as well as the type of sport.

Therefore to develop a high quality, sustainable satellite club network, in the first instance we are working closely with schools to identify a fundamental need/demand for sport and in turn we will aim to match this with supply from a local community club.

Benefits of a Satellite Club

For Clubs

For Host Sites

Increase club membership

Create new links with community clubs and increase access to a range of new partners

Increase access to local facilities

Raise your profile in the community

Potential to recruit new volunteers, leaders and coaches

Maximise the use of facilities

Higher profile in your community – great for attracting partners and funding

Create new avenues for young leaders to develop

Increase you clubs talent pool

Offer new sports or opportunities to students and the local community

Our approach is to effectively pump prime activity by supporting local community clubs to develop the necessary skills and infrastructure to develop long term sustainable satellite club provision.

Satellite Club - Castle Rock/ Coalville RFC

The Castle Rock Rugby Satellite Club ran by Coalville RFC has been a huge success from the beginning engaging with 40-50 young people on a weekly basis.

Throughout the last year, the Satellite Club has allowed Coalville RFC to provide further opportunities for young people at Castle Rock High School. A programme linked closely with the RFU and North West Leicestershire School Sport Partnership has helped with identifying the needs of the club to enable these sessions to run effectively and to be sustained for a period of time.

These sessions have changed the attitudes of so many young people and the results are clear in their approach towards community activity.

A group of 4-5 coaches have allowed sustainability for sessions on a weekly basis. These voluntary coaches from Coalville RFC are now supported by a cluster of young leaders who ensure quality coaching sessions emphasise 'fun and enjoyment'. So far the Satellite programme has brought 16 new players into Coalville RFC. Anyone who attends the Satellite Club sessions is automatically invited to Coalville RFC to train with their appropriate age group.

Are you interested in developing a Satellite Club?

If you are interested in developing a satellite club or want to find out more by download a Satellite Clubs Guide below.

For more information please contact:

Dan Mitchinson

Dan Mitchinson

Sports Development Officer

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

01509 564880

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