Tyne & Wear Sport appreciate the important role clubs have to play in providing opportunities for participants to take part in sport and physical activity.

We have produced a number of tools which we hope will help your club to grow and develop, which you'll be able to find in this section. Please click on the link or scroll down to find out more:

If you are looking to join a club, you can use our Club and Activity Finder to find one near you, just CLICK HERE

If you have any questions or queries with regards to any club development issues please feel free to contact our Club Development Manager, Jade Scott on jade.scott@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329.

Are you looking to set up a new sports club, apply for funding or take part in organised leagues or fixtures? All of these areas may require you to become a formally constituted Community Sports Club.

It is important from a legal perspective, that all clubs are structured in a way that best suits their needs now and in the future. Further information about which structure is best suited to your club can be found by clicking here.

Although on initial inspection this may appear a sizeable task, it does not need to be too daunting.

There are a number of organisations who are available to support and guide you through the process including; Tyne and Wear Sport (County Sports Partnership), national governing bodies of sport (NGBs) and local authorities.

Contact details for all NGBs and Local Authorities can be found on our website: NGBs here and local authorities here

In addition Sport England have an extremely thorough website which provides guidance on starting up a new club; further information and advice can be found on their website here

Are you a Community Sports Club who is looking to grow, improve and develop?

It may be that you are interested in gaining new members, making the most of a high profile sporting event or wanting to secure funding, all of which require an amount of planning and preparation.

We can provide advice, guidance and support on a number of club development areas; to find out further information on our club offer please click here

Further support tools for clubs can be found at the websites below;

Club & Activity Finder - is a database which provides clubs with the opportunity to advertise and promote their clubs or activities to members of the public who are interested in joining a sports team or general participation in sport

Bookit.org.uk – provides details of courses and workshops that are taking place across the region

Active Places Power - an interactive facility mapping and reporting tool for community sport development provided by Sport England

Market Segmentation - Sport England’s market segmentation tool has been designed to help understand the life stages and attitudes of different population groups –and the sporting interventions most likely to engage them

Club Matters - Club Matters is Sport England’s one stop shop for sports clubs. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club

If you have any questions or require advice on any of the above please contact Jade Scott, Club Development Manager, Tyne and Wear Sport, jade.scott@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329

People volunteering or working with children or vulnerable adults are often legally required to have a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check; previously a CRB check.

Recently the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged into the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks

Where contact with vulnerable people will be limited or perhaps the person has recently been CRB checked for a different role, a decision about clearance must be made.

The Government has published guidance to help organisations that use volunteers to be clear about when they do and don't need to carry out Disclosure and Barring (DBS) checks.

The guidance provides details on which roles are eligible for a DBS check, however the guidance is not exhaustive and the DBS should be contacted if you are unsure about a role; the DBS can be contacted on the following details - customerservices@dbs.gsi.gov.uk or 0870 909 0811.

All guidance can be found by clicking here.

There are three levels of DBS check and checks for eligible volunteers are free of charge. However it is advisable to implement other safeguards such as interviewing, training and taking references from potential volunteers.

Please note that sports clubs and their volunteers can also seek further guidance from their National Governing Body regarding DBS checks.

Alternatively if you have any questions please contact Jade Scott, Club Development Manager, Tyne and Wear Sport, jade.scott@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329

The Inclusion Club Hub has been created by the Activity Alliance to help clubs to include more disabled people in their activities. 

You can use it to audit your club to see how inclusive you are or as a resource to support your club's development. It can also be used to develop a club action plan, support your Clubmark process, or your general planning.

This toolkit will give you ideas, methods and resources to ensure everyone is encouraged to access your club and have a positive experience. To visit the Hub please click here.

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Tyne & Wear Sport Club Bursary


The club bursary is currently CLOSED.

If you would like to be added to the distribution list for information regarding future rounds of the bursary please contact Jade Scott, Club Development Manager at jade.scott@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329.

To view previous successful club bursary applicants, please click here.


Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports Clubs.

Clubmark aims to make sure the nation’s sports Club infrastructure is safer, stronger and more successful and stands for higher standards of welfare, equality, coaching and management in community sports Clubs.

It will show that your Club provides the right environment ensuring the welfare of members and encouraging everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.

An accredited Club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as helping parents and carers know that they’re choosing the right Club for their young people.

Clubmark can help you to improve your Club by:

  • Setting clear goals and objectives
  • Ensuring your Club is running effectively and efficiently
  • Updating policies, training and systems
  • Accredited Clubs are able to use Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme

How can your Club achieve Clubmark?

The Clubmark accreditation process can be done online by following these simple steps:

  • Create an account with Club Matters
  • Check to make sure your Club is eligible
  • Start your online application form

To access the main Clubmark website and to gain accreditation, click here and find all the resources you need.

Twitter: @ClubMatters
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sportenglandclubmatters
Website: www.sportenglandclubmatters.com

Alternatively please contact Jade Scott, Club Development Manager, Tyne and Wear Sport, jade.scott@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329

Satellite clubs are local sport and physical activity clubs that are designed around the needs of young people and provide them with positive, enjoyable experiences that make it easier for them to become active or to develop more regular activity habits. 

The focus of Satellite Clubs is on the 14-19 year age group, a critical time when many young people stop playing sport.

Satellite Clubs will be designed to respond to the specific demands for sport from young people and positioned to support them at points of disruption in their lives. They will be tailored to meet the different motivations and needs of young people particularly those who are less active or at risk of falling out of sport. 

Understanding what is important to young people and what their needs and wishes are is the first step to developing a satellite club opportunity.

If you would be interest in establishing a satellite club and would like to discuss the opportunity further please contact Jade Scott, Club Development Manager, Tyne and Wear Sport, jade.scott@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329.


GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)


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On Friday 25th May the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will replace the Data Protection Act 1998. The introduction of GDPR will see significant changes regarding accountability and how data is captured.

If your sports club/ organisation collects and uses personal data, then GDPR will apply directly to your club.

Personal data refers to any information that allows an individual to be identified directly or indirectly by that information, it can include but is not limited too; name, IP address, email addresses, photographs.  

To comply with GDPR make sure you have a record of all the personal data you hold, you may want to carry out an audit. An audit template can be found HERE.

Under the GDPR you will not be permitted to handle or process any such data without satisfying a relevant condition for processing as set out in the GDPR. This is not optional.

There are several organisations with information available to help your club navigate GDPR. Below are some ideas of where to start:


  • Both the Sport and Recreation Alliance and Club Matters have resources available regarding GDPR including, a toolkit with templates for you to download; and a podcast produced by Club Matters which any club can access.
  • A number of NGBs have hired specialists to support sports clubs with the GDPR process. To find out if your NGB has resources available, visit the relevant website which can be found HERE, or contact them directly; NGB contact details can be found HERE.


  • Local law firm Muckle, Newcastle has some grassroots specific advice and guidance available for community clubs and organisations.

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If you require further information on GDPR, there is a wealth of knowledge on the following websites:

National Council for Voluntary Organisations

Information Commissioners Office


Remember, complying with the GDPR is not optional and organisations that breach the new regulation can be subject to extremely heavy fines.

If you have any questions please contact Jade Scott, Club Development Manager, jade.scott@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329.

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