Information For Schools

Aim

By 2017 every secondary school in England will have been offered the opportunity to host a Satellite Club. Satellite Clubs may also be established in colleges or other relevant education or community settings depending on local need. These clubs will help grow the number of 11-25 years old taking part in sport for at least 30 minutes every week, as well as reducing the number of young people dropping out of sport.

Terminology

Hub Club: The community sports club which the Satellite Club is linked to.
Satellite Club: The extension of the community club established on a new site.
Host site/venue: The site which hosts the satellite club i.e. the secondary school.
Link: The relationship between the satellite host and hub club.

What is a satellite club?

Satellite Clubs are extensions or outposts of community sports clubs which are established in a new venue, for example a secondary school. Satellite clubs are usually run by a sports club who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to places where young people already meet.

Knowing the step from school sport to community sport is often too great for young people; Satellite Clubs aim to keep young people in sport or encourage them to start playing sport for the first time.

Who is a satellite club for?

Satellite clubs are aimed at 11 – 25 year olds and should reflect the needs and interests of teenagers and young people; this includes those from underrepresented groups in sport such as females, black and minority ethnic groups and disabled young people.

What are the key features of a Satellite Club?

  • Based locally; usually within a secondary school or college.
  • Open to all young people across the community.
  • Run regularly, at least once a week and not limited to term time.
  • Clearly identifiable as a community club.
  • Run by coaches and volunteers from the ‘hub’ club.
  • Informal structure with flexible membership policies and rules.

Benefits to the school

Schools are often the cornerstone of the local communities and there are many advantages to opening up facilities, including:

  • Educational attainment and attendance: Schools that are proactive about community use often experience educational benefits such as increased educational attainment; improved attitudes and attendance amongst pupils; an opportunity to engage pupils who are at risk and extra opportunities for school staff.
  • Improved Performance by underachieving students: Organised sport can offer a number of extra-curricular learning activities which can help young people improve their numeracy and transferable skills.
  • Increased funding opportunities: Taking a positive approach to community use will stand your school in good stead for any funding opportunities as funders seek to support schools that proactively create partnerships and have strong links with the community.
  • Positive image and brand awareness: The availability of your school’s sports facilities will help improve sporting opportunities in your area and therefore benefit local people. This will improve your prestige and standing in the community and make the school more attractive to potential students.
  • Promotional opportunity in your community: Facility use can encourage a wider and deeper engagement from the local community with your school. It can provide opportunities for a school to explain its values and principles in simple terms.
  • Sporting opportunities for staff and pupils: Staff and pupils can benefit from on-site community sport and coaching programmes, leading to a positive healthy workforce and staff development. Developing good links with clubs will not only provide opportunities within the school but also smooth the progression for your pupils from school to club sport. Guidance can be provided on club links to help you in this area.

What happens now?

Satellite Clubs can bring a wide range of benefits to the school, its pupils and its surrounding community. Our aim is to assist and support your school to create partnerships with the right club to develop successful, popular and sustainable clubs for 11-25 year olds. If you would like to find out more, please contact:

Catherine Pendlebury
Tel: 01785 619177
Mobile: 07814 131074
Email: cpendlebury@staffordbc.gov.uk