School Club Links

School Club Links

Establishing links between schools & clubs brings

School club links create opportunity in your community

Most communities do not know what clubs are in their area - so working with local schools is a great way to ensure that children & young people in your area know about opportunities to participate at your club.

School Club Links encourage young people to take part in sporting and physical activity. It allows youngsters to try out new sports and feel comfortable in a club setting, making them more likely to continue participating in sport once they leave school.

FA Charter Standard Clubs all have to form a link with a school as part of the process of securing their Charter Standard status too.

For a school looking to develop your community links, this is a great place to start!

SCL - Club Benefits

SIPP 1 - Club Benefits

Local club looking for more players in your area? Learn more about the benefits of links with your local schools, including:

  • Increased participation in the club
  • Increased potential to recruit new volunteers
  • Raised profile within the community
  • Opening up club access to wider community
  • Opportunity to share facilities and equipment
SCL - School Benefits

SIPP 2 - School Benefits

Local school looking to develop community links? Find out how links with your local club can inspire young people to get involved in sport, resulting in:

  • More active and healthier pupils
  • Raised profile within the community
  • Increased funding opportunities
  • Community Links – social benefits
  • Pathways for sport – easy exit routes for children into on-going involvement
Youth Player Benefits

SIPP 3 - Youth Player Benefits

What do strong school club links mean for young players in your local area?

  • Improved opportunities to access sport in the local community
  • Opportunity for talent to be identified and nurtured
  • Wider range of sporting opportunities
  • Move easily between safe and familiar environment of school and club
  • Understand how experiences in school and at the club complement each other

A School Club link is an agreement between a school and a community-based sports club to work together to meet the needs of young people; providing new and varied opportunities for sport and physical activity.

Firstly your club needs to audit its current position, do you have the additional capacity to develop your provision, for example are the whole club aware of the plans and are there enough coaches and volunteers with the correct skills to move forwards?

Linking is a two way process and while schools are usually happy to promote local activities they do receive a lot information to send home. Can you offer regular coaching sessions? Or perhaps several taster session for different ages or support the school with their different competitions?

Schools should be checking any external coaches that work with their pupils so it is important that Clubs ensure all qualifications and standards are up to date. Are all of your Coaches qualified to the correct level?

As a minimum you should have a Level 2 (or higher) Coach running a session. Do the adults working in the School have an up to date DBS check and valid safeguarding qualification? Do you have Charter Standard Status? If any of your Coaches are paid ensure that their employment status is correct and it is clear who is paying them. Also check that the Club’s insurance is up to date and covers School coaching sessions.

Once you have identified the section you would like to develop and have established the capacity for new members exists , you need to identify which School/s you would like to work with. Establish where current links are in place, such as coaches/parents who work in local schools and or the local schools to where you train and/or play. Alternatively you can contact Andy Coles at Huntingdonshire FA and he will be able to direct you to your local School Sports Partnership.

Once you have made contact with your identified School or Schools asking if they are interested in linking, then arrange a suitable time to meet and discuss how you can develop a more formal link.

Ensure you have all the documents required to hand when meeting the School. This should include, qualifications, CRC checks, insurance and information about Club sessions. You may also provide a written copy of what the club can offer and what you would expect from the School - ie 1 coaching session a week. The School should provide you with any information you may need to plan sessions or promotional information.

Get In Touch

Andy Coles

By Phone: 01480 447486

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