Category Archives: Innovation

Inclusive North Tyneside Disability Sport Programme – innovative local authority solutions

Karen Lewis-Archer – Sports Development Officer Another great presentation at Disability Sport or Sport for Disabled People A one-day conference focusing on how to increase disabled people’s participation in sport and active recreation 16th May 2013, English Institute for Sport, … Continue reading

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If Sir Richard Branson ran cricket…

Many cricket clubs are reporting a decline in membership and precarious finances. The sport perhaps has an image of being less dynamic and responsive to society trends. Sorry, cricket, but this situation has been exasperated by the credit crunch. I’ve … Continue reading

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Be the best at something other than elite sport

Friendliest club. Cleanest facility. Best neighbour. Most supportive of your community. Most welcoming place for sport.  Your choice.

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Involve both artists and administrators running your club and facility

We all like to be with people like ourselves – we feel safer and more comfortable that way. A club or facility run just by administrators runs the risk of being boring and unwelcoming. However, if you only have artists in charge … Continue reading

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Leadership lessons for community sport (3)

Innovate or die. Yes, I know trying new things is messy and requires dare – but without it your future is going to be bleak. So try walking football for 60 year olds, doggie swimming in the lake, football golf, float-athons in … Continue reading

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Leadership lessons for community sport (2)

Visit other clubs and steal their stuff and don’t worry about being original – learn all you can about the principles from others, but then apply them in the context of your own setting and club Be careful who you … Continue reading

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The three reasons why people stop giving to good causes and what you can do about it

1. Their circumstances change so they can no longer afford it. If indeed you have major donors, always monitor their personal and business circumstances (discreetly). A business owner who loses a major client and at the same is undergoing a … Continue reading

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Which way forward to grow sport? Entrepreneurs, committees or both?

A few days ago I ran one of our Grow Your Club workshops .There was the normal mix of single-sport clubs, multi-sport clubs and also a few dance/aerobics teachers running their own enterprises. As per normal at our workshops the … Continue reading

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From school sports partnership to a sustainable sporting future

Shaun Fox, Legacy Sport Another great presentation on how community sports providers are meeting the challenges and benefiting from new opportunities created by changes in people’s lives and the economic situation A one-day event 26th June 2012, Vicarage Road, Watford … Continue reading

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The GROW Model – How can the sports development sector help stimulate growth in sports clubs

Adrian Ledbury, Director with PRO-ACTIVE North London (County Sport Partnership) One of the great presentations at Sports Marketing Network’s Sustainable Community Sports event on 26th June at Watford FC, Vicarage Road The backbone of sport in Britain are Small Medium … Continue reading

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