Many young people stop playing sport when they leave school, the Satellite Clubs project aims to prevent this by making the transition from school group to community club easier.

Vision

By 2017, all 96 secondary schools and 10 further education colleges in Merseyside will have been offered a satellite club on its site. Each club will have a direct link to one or more National Governing Bodies of Sport, depending on the clubs in its area.

What is a satellite club?

Satellite clubs are extensions of community sports clubs which are established in a new venue, usually a secondary school or college, and specifically target the 14-25 age group. Satellite clubs are usually run by sports clubs who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to places where young people already meet.  In addition to educational sites we are keen to position satellite clubs in youth and community facilities.

Coaches and volunteers from a local community club, work in partnership with the satellite clubs host venue to create a new community satellite club.

If there is no existing club for a sport in that area, satellite clubs can be set up with the support of the national governing body for that sport and with local coaches.

Why do we need satellite clubs?

Research has shown that the step from school or college sport to community sport is often too great for young people. This is one of the main reasons why so many 14-25 year olds drop-out. Satellite clubs make it easy for young people to stay in sport, or to start playing for the first time.

They provide a stepping stone into a community club, or regular participation through the creation of relevant, appealing and convenient sporting opportunities. Satellite clubs may have a range of different objectives, determined by local need and insight. These could include:

  • Increasing existing community club capacity due to high levels of demand for a particular sport
  • Broadening the scope of what a club can offer to attract a wider range of young people to the club
  • Focusing on opportunities for specific groups, such as disability sport or gender or age specific sessions.

Who are satellite clubs for?

Satellite clubs are aimed at 14-25 year olds and should reflect the likes and needs of teenagers and young adults in the local population. This includes those from under-represented groups within sport, such as females, black and minority ethnic groups and disabled young people.

What are the key features of a satellite club?

  • Based locally, – in secondary school, further education college or youth/community centres, but within geographical proximity to the original club
  • Open to all young people across the local community, not just those attending the secondary school or college
  • Run regularly (at least once a week) with delivery not limited to term time
  • Held at a time when young people in the local area can use the facility
  • Clearly identifiable as a community club
  • Run by community club coaches and volunteers – an essential link to the hub club
  • Structured less formally with more flexible membership and rules, such as those covering kit and equipment, in comparison to the hub club
  • Promoted and supported by coaches and volunteers who work to encourage regular participation and transition to the hub club or other exit routes within the sport.
  • Have a plan in place to become financially self sustainable.

Funding

As part of the Satellite Club project, satellite clubs can receive a share in funding towards:

  • Payment of coaches
  • Volunteering programmes to run projects
  • Resources and Materials
  • Training/Education Costs
  • Hire of Facilities
  • Marketing/Publicity
  • Small items of Equipment
  • Transport

For more information and to find out how your facility or club could help, please contact Jennie Platt on 0151 728 1813 or email j.platt@merseysidesport.com