Welcome to the inaugural edition of Club Corner. This new and regular newsletter has been created to support club leaders/ club volunteers and improve communication around good practice in club development. In this issue we focus on club governance, utilising Gift Aid and ideas for improving digital communication. We also include information on club good practice examples, latest grant funding available and the latest coach development opportunities. Mark Munro, Head of Development
A number of athletics clubs in Scotland have recently changed their legal structures to suit their vision, future aspirations and development work. The National Club Leaders Conference in November also included a thought provoking session from Alan Fowler from Fife Voluntary Action who presented on legal structures where a number of options exist. To view Alan’s presentation from the Conference click here. Further governance information can be found online via our Club Development Toolkit.
Gift Aid enables charities or Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) to increase the value of monetary gifts for their club from UK taxpayers (members etc.) by claiming back the basic rate of tax paid by the donor which at present equates to 25p in the pound. At the recent Club Leaders Conference both Whitemoss AAC and Kilbarchan AAC presented on the significant income being generated through Gift Aid for their clubs. The Whitemoss AAC presentation can be viewed here and via our website you can view the Gift Aid Toolkit for clubs.
Furthermore, free advice/workshops on business and financial planning can also be found locally via Business Gateway. To find opportunities near you visit www.bgateway.com. If you require any further support please contact Mark Munro, Head of Development.
Digital Media for Clubs
Today you cannot underestimate the power of raising awareness of your club via social media. You can also use clever online tools to reduce the time spent on admin.
There are, of course potential pitfalls, particularly regarding safeguarding children online. We've now added a Communications and Media page to the Club Toolkit on our website to guide you through this area. It includes three very useful documents for clubs:
Social media and digital comms - guidance for coaches This contains important guidance for all adults who are in a position of responsibility with regards to young people at your club - not only those who are running the social media accounts for the club. We recommend that you read this and circulate it to all your coaches, volunteers, officials and designated officers.
Useful apps, websites and online tools for clubs
Based on the presentation given by Julie Ferguson of TicToc at the National Club Leaders Conference, this contains links to 10 online tools that you might not have heard of, which can help you not just to promote your club, but to run it more efficiently.
External Funding Opportunities
The Club Development Toolkit contains useful information on club finance and external funding alongside up to date opportunities highlighted at the sportscotland website.
New Fund Alert! The Postcode Community Trust Grant Scheme was launched in Dec 2014. Charities and community groups in Scotland can apply from £500-£20,000 to deliver projects that positively impact their local community, including groups that support engagement in sport.
As part of our ongoing Coach Development programme the following opportunities and resources are available to support coaches: National Coach Development Days
The next days will take place on Sunday 22 March at the following venues:
Club Visits FREE club coaching visits from the scottishathletics National Coach Mentors. These sessions are about supporting local coaches to develop their knowledge across event groups and events. Click here to find out more.
An Introduction to Athlete Development This book has been written by world-leading movement and conditioning expert Kelvin Giles, adapted for scottishathletics and is strongly recommended reading.
For more details and also a full list of available coach CPD opportunities please click here.
Club Case Studies
Athletics Clubs across the country are demonstrating excellent practice and some of these examples are highlighted in the Case Study section of our online Club Development Toolkit.
For this edition we have highlighted two clubs: Kilmarnock Harriers who promote their approach to volunteer recruitment through parents and Whitemoss AAC who describe their journey to change legal status and make Gift Aid work for them.