The Club Hub features guidance and resources to support established and developing clubs

Learning

To help support volunteers in our clubs, the ‘Learning’ section provides details for how to upskill and develop people in coaching, officiating, safeguarding and various other volunteer roles within the club. GBWR has produced a series of videos explaining the basics of chair mechanics and maintenance.

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As well as these helpful videos you can also find information on GBWR courses, which offer an extensive package of development, from face-to-face workshops and courses, to online webinars.

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When it comes to development and learning, there are also many external offers, details of which can all be found here:

UK Coaching

Sport England Club Matters

GBWR Courses

We provide support for the development for all GBWR members and clubs. Below you can find links to access the various courses we offer:

Coaching

Officiating

Safeguarding

Chair Maintenance

We have produced a series of helpful videos focusing on the basics of wheelchair rugby mechanics. The following videos focus on some of the main areas of maintaining and repairing a rugby wheelchair.

Sport England Club Matters

Sport England Club Matters Workshops are short training sessions, funded by Sport England and delivered across the country by Club Matters facilitators in a range of specific topics. The sessions will develop your skills, improve your knowledge and ultimately help you develop your club. They are for groups of at least four clubs and build upon the content of the online resources, but also include case studies, topical issues, exercises and a discussion section.

The workshops typically last approximately two hours and like all Club Matters support, workshops are open to anyone involved with a community sports club. The topics covered will mostly be relevant to those who have responsibility for, or involvement in running their club, either now or in the future. We encourage more than one person from a club to attend so that knowledge and business skills can be shared within their club.

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The workshops currently being run by Sport England Club Matters are listed below along with a short workshop description and their learning outcomes.

By following the links you can find details of when the next open workshop is taking place, and there is the option to register your interest in a workshop if there is not one currently organised.

GBWR’s Regional Development Officers will from time-to-time be organising ‘closed’ online workshops. These will be the same workshops detailed below but will enable us to include more personalised content – look out for more information from your local RDO once they have been organised.

  • Developing a Marketing Strategy

    There are now more ways of marketing your sports club than ever before. This workshop will guide you through the marketing minefield and help you attract new members, raise funds, or enhance your club’s profile.

    By the end of this workshop, delegates will be able to:

    • Understand the key principles of a club marketing strategy
    • Describe how to develop a marketing strategy using a simple framework
    • Identify different marketing channels to maximise exposure
    • Understand how to effectively monitor and evaluate their marketing strategy

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  • Leadership Teams

    Do you have the right committee structure? This workshop explores how your club can be structured to not only effectively run the club, but also plan for the future. The workshop also looks at how you make sure the right people are in the right roles to take the club forward.

    By the end of this workshop, delegates will be able to:

    • Review their leadership club structure
    • Identify the key principles of an excellent leadership team
    • Identify methods on how to achieve an excellent leadership team for your club
    • Develop an action plan to improve their club leadership.

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  • Introduction to Legal Structures

    Are you considering your legal structure? This workshop gives guidance on which legal structure may suit your club best. It also examines if charitable status is relevant and how you can maximise Gift Aid.

    By the end of this online workshop, delegates will be able to:

    • Understand the importance of club structures
    • Understand which structure is right for their club
    • Identify the different types of legal structures
    • Identify top tips on how to effectively govern their club
    • Understand next steps through action planning
    • Identify where to find further help and advice

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  • Planning for Your Future

    Does your club have a plan for the future? This workshop identifies how to effectively plan and develop specific objectives to enable your club to tackle key issues and become sustainable.

    By the end of this workshop, delegates will be able to:

    • Understand what constitutes a business plan, its value, function and who should be involved in the process.
    • Begin developing a business plan using a simple framework
    • Describe how to structure an effective business plan to meet the needs of their club
    • Understand how to access further information to support business planning

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  • Participant Experience

    With so much competition for people’s time, how do you ensure your club is chosen over other opportunities? By understanding what existing and potential members want from your club, you can deliver a great experience for them.

    By the end of this online workshop, delegates will be able to:

    • Identify what constitutes a great participant experience
    • Review their current participant experience
    • Identify how to bring about change to positively influence the participant experience
    • Develop an action plan and understand how to access further support

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  • Volunteer Experience

    Clubs often find themselves short of volunteers. The way that people volunteer and the time they have to give is not the same as it used to be. Ensuring volunteers feel recognised, rewarded and part of the team is essential. ​​

    By the end of this workshop, delegates will be able to:

    • Develop a positive culture of volunteering within a club environment
    • Identify how to develop the volunteer’s experience
    • Identify top tips in recruiting, retaining and rewarding volunteers
    • Develop an action plan to improve their club volunteer experience
    • Understand how to access further information to help improve the volunteer experience

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  • Engaging Your Community

    Understanding and engaging with your community is a vital part of club sustainability. This workshop will guide you to understand who your local community are and how you can effectively engage with them to maximise the benefit for both the club and the community.

    By the end of this online workshop, delegates will be able to:

    • An understanding of the principles of community engagement
    • Explored the benefits of community engagement for both the club and the community
    • Explored how their club can meet the needs of the local community and identified how to engage with their community
    • Identified actions to improve your club’s community engagement and increase participation

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Additional to the workshops, Sport England Club Matters Online Modules support other areas of learning for clubs. Some examples of the online modules that feature on the Club Matters page are, ‘Developing a Marketing Strategy’, ‘Good Governance’ and ‘VAT and Sports Clubs’. The Online Modules are approximately 30-40 minutes in length, and we recommend you use headphones to listen to the audio. Transcripts are also available. The toolkits contain lots of helpful hints and tips to get you started.

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UK Coaching

UK Coaching provides a huge amount of supportive resources for club coaches. They offer various content from webinars, videos and online courses to downloadable resources. Much of this content is free, however, there is an option to become an annual member and gain access to more content.

Grow your coaching skills with UK Coaching:

  • Trusted coaching courses, including online classrooms
  • Helpful coaching resources
  • Friendly, coach to coach community support

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