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 Finder to find one near you. The new Club Finder will be launched very soon, please check back here or look out for an announcement on social media.

If you have any questions or queries with regards to any club development issues please feel free to contact our Club Development Manager, Jade Mackie on jade.mackie@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

North East Course Finder – 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 Mackie, Club Development Manager, Tyne and Wear Sport, jade.mackie@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329

In order to assist clubs to develop and grow, we have established a Club Network to offer clubs a number of support services.

As part of the network, clubs will receive in excess of £1000 worth of networking events, workshops, mentoring and merchandise for a small fee.

In addition clubs will also be provided with 1:1 support on a number of areas such as funding, accreditation and increasing participation through Tyne and Wear Sport or experts in the relevant field.

The Club Network brings together a range of sports enabling them to share best practice, network with personnel from other sports and provide further opportunities to develop and grow.

Click here to access the flyer for more information.

If you are interested in becoming involved in the network please contact Jade Mackie, Club Development Manager, jade.mackie@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.

You can download an applicant’s guide on how to complete application form by clicking here

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 Mackie, Club Development Manager, Tyne and Wear Sport, jade.mackie@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329

The Inclusion Club Hub has been created by the English Federation of Disability Sport 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.



Tyne & Wear Sport Club Bursary

Keep Warm this Winter with Tyne and Wear Sport!


At Tyne & Wear Sport we are committed to supporting clubs to develop, grow and sustain their current levels of activity.

In this round of funding Tyne & Wear Sport have chosen to focus specifically on providing funding for warm weather clothing which will specifically provide clubs with the opportunity to increase and retain participants within their club.

Funding can be used for items such as sub suits, waterproof clothing, hats, hooded sweatshirts etc. You do NOT need to be a winter sport to be eligible for this funding. 


Grants of between £100 and £500 will be available. 

In order to be eligible for funding clubs must meet the eligibility criteria which can be found here

Clubs who apply must have a specific focus on either increasing participation or retaining members and be committed to enhancing the quality and quantity of sporting provision on offer. 

All applications must be able to clearly provide the following information:

•    background information about the club i.e. current membership, age groups etc.
•    the reason for requesting funding
•    how the funding will increase participation or sustain current participation
•    budget breakdown.

Please be aware we expect the demand for this funding to be extremely high, therefore only those applications which meet all the criteria and provide us with a clear understanding of how this funding will increase participation within the club will be considered.

All applications must be submitted on the official application form, please CLICK HERE to access.

Please return all completed applications to Jade Mackie at the email address below. 

The bursary will open from Wednesday 1st November until Thursday 30th November. 

Decisions regarding funding will be circulated after the closing date.

Funding will be released once a club provides copies of the club constitution, proof of purchase and an image of the clothing incorporating the Tyne & Wear Sport logo.

If you have any questions please contact Jade Mackie, Club Development Manager, jade.mackie@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 is now online and can be found on the Club Matters website.

To start your Clubmark accreditation, follow 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, click here and find all the resources you need.

Twitter: @ClubMatters
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sportenglandclubmatters
Email: clubmark@sportengland.org
Website: www.sportenglandclubmatters.com

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

Many young people stop playing sport when they leave school; Satellite Clubs aim to prevent this by making the transition from school sport to community club easier.

The focus of Satellite Clubs is on the 11 – 25 year age group, a critical time when many young people stop playing sport.

Satellite Clubs are extensions of community sports clubs which can offer a different sporting experience for young people. Satellites differ because they bring sport to young people in very local venues and also because they aim to attract young people who are not typically very sporty.

Satellites are run by established sports clubs who bring their expertise and enthusiasm to local places where young people already meet. Together the club and participants create a satellite club that offers sport in the way that young people want to receive it.

In order for a satellite club to be successful it is crucial to understand the barriers that prevent young people from joining traditional sports clubs. Common barriers which young people often face are:

  • Affordability
  • Travel
  • Confidence

The current Satellite Club programme concluded on 31st March 2017; further information regarding the initiative will be shared in due course.

If you have any questions please contact Jade Mackie, Club Development Manager, Tyne and Wear Sport, jade.mackie@tynewearsport.org or 0191 497 2329.

A list of all established Satellite Clubs in Tyne and Wear can be found here.