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About Satellite Clubs

The Satellite Clubs intervention is a key part of Sport England’s Youth and Community Sport Strategy 2012-17, and aims to undertake transformational change in the way that young people are supported from school, college and other relevant settings into community sport – creating a sporting habit for life. 

The vision of the Satellite Clubs intervention is that by March 2017, every secondary school (in addition to colleges and other relevant settings) will be offered a satellite community sports club, with a direct link to one or more national governing bodies of sport (NGBs) depending on the local clubs in its area. The creation of these Satellite Clubs will support an increase in the number of 11-25 year olds participating regularly (1 x 30 minutes per week) in community sport and reduce the number of young people dropping out of sport.

Between 2012-17 Sport England will be investing circa £49 million into the satellite clubs intervention through three distinct elements; 

  • NGB 2013-17 Whole Sport Plan investment
  • CSPs Club Link Maker investment
  • Funding for local satellite club delivery

Satellite Clubs are extensions, or outposts of community sports clubs which are established in a new venue, usually a secondary school, college, university or other suitable venue and specifically target the 11 to 25 age group. Satellite Clubs make it easy for young people to stay in sport, or indeed to start playing sport for the first time. They provide a stepping stone to a community club or regular participation.  They have a range of different objectives, determined by local need and insight, examples of which include: 

  • Increasing the existing community club capacity due to high levels of demand; 
  • Broadening the scope of what a club can offer to attract a wider range of young people to the club, and;  
  • Focusing on opportunities for specific groups, such as disability sport or age/gender specific sessions.  

To help understand this element of work, Sport England have produced a Satellite Clubs Guide which provides an overview of the Satellite Clubs model, answers key questions around what a satellite club is and explains how they can move 11–25 year olds into community sport. 

Sport England’s Team have also developed a further Satellite Club Guide / Toolkit to help providers in the establishment of clubs. 

Our Satellite Clubs lead at WASP is Simon Woodhouse. Contact him for more information.  

Salisbury and District Table Tennis Satellite Club is a great success

The Salisbury and District Table Tennis Club was launched in November 2015. Through the Sport England Satellite Club programme coordinated by WASP the club were able to purchase new tables to add to the school ones (12 in total) and equipment for use at the school by the club and its students. The initial 6 week period was free of charge and attracted 150 people of all ages. 

National Satellite Club Awards 2015 have awarded the South West Highly Commended award to:

Trowbridge Central Basketball Club are based at St Augustines Catholic School and with guidance from Wiltshire and Swindon Sport and Wiltshire Council they have linked with the school to provide a pathway for the pupils to progress with their Basketball from school to club level. The club has been presented with a Highly Commended award for its role in inspiring young people to play basketball and helping them to sustain their participation in the sport. The club also recognized the gap between competitive club teams and people wanting to start playing or returning to play basketball. The Satellite Club was developed to offer a social basketball session for all ages and abilities to attend. Here is the nomination video -

Another great example of a Satellite Club between Commonweal School Swindon and Swindon Shock Wheelchairs Club who won the National Title of Best Satellite Club in 2014.


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