Satellite Club Funding

Satellite Club funding is available to clubs and other organisations that are interested in offering weekly sport and/or physical activity sessions to 14-19 year olds. These sessions should provide the young people with positive, enjoyable experiences that make it easy for them to get involved, and stay involved, in regular exercise.

Supported by or linked to a local community sports club or physical activity opportunity (The Hub), satellite clubs should be designed in such a way that they respond to the specific demands of young people and should be positioned to support young people at points of disruption in their lives. For example, around adolescence, when attitudes to sport and physical activity often change, or at transition points between school and college when young people are most at risk of drifting away from taking part in sport and physical activity.

How can the funding be used?

The Satellite Club funding can be used to purchase equipment, advertise the new club/sessions, upskill volunteers/staff, hire facilities and obtain coaching/leading for a two year period. Funding grants differ in amount depending on the size, scale and nature of the project.

What WON'T the funding pay for?

Satellite Club funding will not pay for an activity that is already running, an activity that is aimed at young people outside the 14-19 year old age bracket, or an activity that is aimed at young people who already do more than 150 minutes of physical activity a week. The funding will also not cover the creation of another sporting session (for example, a group who currently attend one hockey session once a week and wish to attend two hockey sessions a week).

Key criteria of Satellite Clubs

  • Satellite Clubs should be aimed at 14-19 year olds
  • Satellite Clubs should be targeted at helping these young people become active or build regular activity habits and/or should be targeted at under-represented groups. These include, but are not limited to: females, young people with disabilities and young people from lower socio-economic groups
  • The sessions should support young people at points of disruption in their lives, when attitudes to sport and physical activity are likely to change
  • The frequency of Satellite Club sessions is dependent on what the young people would like. However, we encourage Satellite Clubs to run weekly or every two weeks in order to be able to have an impact on young people's activity levels

Key things to consider when starting up a Satellite Club

  • Insight - The club/group must demonstrate a need for the chosen activity. Understanding what is important to young people, what their needs and wishes as well as their barriers and motivations are, is key to developing a Satellite Club opportunity. Decide how best to work with your target audience in order to gather and evidence the information, this might be through surveys or focus groups. The activity must be chosen by the young people it is aimed for and young people must be able to provide their input as to what the Satellite Club will look like and provide.
  • Sustainability – The club must consider how to become sustainable following the completion of the funded period.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation – The club is expected to support Active Suffolk with any data that needs to be collected. This will include collecting participant numbers and supporting the undertaking of participant surveys on a quarterly basis.

How to apply for Satellite Club funding

If you are interested applying for funding in support of a new Satellite Club, please contact Lea Denley (using the contact details below) with a brief summary of the proposed Satellite Club. We will then arrange a meeting with you to discuss the funding opportunity further.

Tom Wright

Project Officer (Community Sport & Physical Activity)

Active Suffolk

C/O East Suffolk Council, East Suffolk House, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1RT
07717 850862