New scheme to support Derbyshire sports clubs

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DERBYSHIRE sports clubs are being offered the chance to receive one-to-one support to help them achieve goals such as increasing club membership or producing a club development plan.

Club Developers is being launched by Derbyshire Sport as part of its 2012 Legacy Programme, and aims to support around 60 clubs in the county.

A specially-trained workforce of ‘Club Developers’ with experience in sports development will work with selected clubs on a one-to-one basis.

Sports clubs which have plans or goals that they would like help with can now apply to be part of the scheme, and successful clubs will be matched with a Club Developer who will work with committee members towards targets set by the club.

Andrea Stone, Sport Development Manager at Derbyshire Sport, said: “The support offered will be steered by the needs and wants of each club, and will be on a case-by-case basis.

“There are lots of programmes, initiatives and funding pots available to support clubs, but committee members may not always know what is out there or where to find the information they need – which is where the Club Developers come in.

“We hope to be able to support 60 sport clubs to help them achieve their goals and also to help them become more strongly linked to the work of the key partners within the sports infrastructure in Derbyshire.”

Support could include help to develop a club development plan, a review of the club committee, an audit of the number of coaches and volunteers needed and help to recruit them, help to increase membership or promote the club, an audit of facility requirements, help to write a funding bid or support to achieve ClubMark status.

To apply, clubs should download an application form from www.derbyshiresport.co.uk.

Completed application forms should be sent to andrea.stone@derbyshire.gov.uk before the March 2 deadline.