Support for sports clubs overwhelmed by the Olympic effect
Sport clubs across the Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon area are taking up the opportunity of free support to help them cope with the increased level of demand following the greatest Olympic and Paralympic Games in history.
County Sport Partnership Active Devon is holding a free Club Support evening on Monday, October 8, 2012 at UCP Marjon, Plymouth for clubs from Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon.
The evenings offer clubs the opportunity to find out about the latest programmes and help available to manage and grow membership levels. The workshops will focus on developing school links and identifying and applying for funding.
The partnership regularly runs support and training events for clubs and coaches but has been prompted to organise additional events due to the increase in interest experienced by sports clubs across the area as a result of people being inspired to play sport as a result of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Senior development manager at Active Devon, Stuart Dudley told the Devon Week: “There is such a wealth of support available out there to help clubs manage this increase in demand, and sustain and expand membership levels.
“Active Devon works with a wide range of partners to deliver a number of National Lottery and/or Government funded initiatives such as Sport Makers which enables people inspired by the Games to give something back by getting involved in sports volunteering. Once trained, many of the volunteers go on to volunteer at sports clubs in their local area.
“The Club Support Evenings enable us to share a great deal of information on programmes like Sport Makers that offer clear benefits to clubs in addition to advice on where to find funding, ways to attract new members and ideas to develop sport clubs.
“Most club representatives are extremely busy and we have found in the past that this ‘one-stop-shop’ format is greatly appreciated with attending clubs gaining valuable support that has enabled many of them to go on and make successful funding applications to improve facilities, increase membership or develop provision.”
The level of interest in trying sport has been immense since the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics over a month ago. Active Devon saw a noticeable peak in web traffic whilst the Olympic and Paralympic Games were on with a 95% increase of visitors to their Sports Club pages and a 40% increase on their club search facility.
Sport Clubs interested in attending should visit www.activedevon.org/clubsupport for further details and complete our online booking form to reserve a place or call 01392 263674.