Satellite Clubs

About Satellite Clubs

Satellite Clubs are a  Sport England funded-project focused on local physical activity and sport clubs designed around the needs of young people. 

London Sport distributes Satellite Clubs funding on behalf of Sport England with the autumn 2019 funding window open until 23:59 Thursday 31 October.

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Sustainability Guide
Marketing Resources
Meet the Personalities

How do Satellite Clubs work?

Satellite Clubs are focused on supporting an increase in the number of 14-19-year olds participating regularly in physical activity and sport.

The clubs should be designed to meet the needs of young people and provide a positive fun experience, giving young people the confidence to take part.

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Satellite Clubs’ core principles

  • Delivery must be focused on young people aged 14-19 with emphasis on girls and young women 
  • Aimed at helping young people become active or build regular activity habits and/or targeting under-represented groups in physical activity and sport. 
  • Activity provided through Satellite Clubs should be aligned to achieving the Chief Medical Officers recommendation of delivering moderate to vigorous intensity activity. 
  • Organisations must deliver weekly for at least one hour/week for 30 weeks, and be committed to deliver the club beyond that 
  • Be young-person led including involving them in decisions and design 
  • Be linked to or developed into regular physical activity and/or sport 
  • Appropriate safeguarding standards must be in place 

About you

  • You have the ability to reach inactive 14-19-year olds and an understanding of the different barriers and motivations to them taking part in physical activity and sport.
  • You are capable of engaging inactive girls and young women to participate in sport and physical activity 
  • You have experience and a good track record of engaging inactive young people and access to an appropriate facility for delivery.
  • You can deliver a Satellite Club weekly for at least of one hour/week for 30 weeks and be committed to delivering the club beyond that.
  • You have the right workforce in place and have techniques to support your Satellite Club after the initial funding period; such as generating income and in-kind support.

Got an idea, not sure if it fits? Get in touch with grants@londonsport.org

Satellite Club funding can be used for:

  • Coaching (maximum of £30 per hour)
  • Administration – all successful projects receive a set fee of £75 to cover admin costs
  • Volunteers (maximum of £10 per hour)
  • Hire of facilities
  • Transport of participants or coaches
  • Training/Coach Education Courses (to run or sustain the project) up to one/project
  • Equipment

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What we need from you

Projects must report participant data on a ten-weekly basis to London Sport for the duration of the funding period. London Sport will provide all monitoring tools and forms for you to record and report participant data.

Please note: Failure to return participant data will result in funding being withdrawn. All organisations applying to deliver a Satellite Club will also be required to complete Youth Personalities training as part of the application process.

Got an idea, not sure if it fits? Get in touch with grants@londonsport.org

Sustainability Guide


It is vital to consider the long-term financial sustainability of your Satellite Club from the outset.

This resource provides details and information on how you can achieve sustainability and continue the delivery of your Satellite Club without the need for further funding.

Download the Sustainability Guide here


Marketing Resources


To make it easy for organisations to market their Satellite Club we have created resources that are simple to adapt and adopt.

These can be emailed out digitally, promoted through social media, or printed to use as physical flyers and posters.

These resources are based on Sport England’s Youth Personalities research.

Marketing Resources


Meet the Personalities


Youth Personalities can help you understand the young people you’re trying to reach.

What the defining traits of each personality are. What their relationship with sport is. How they spend their time.

The size of the groups can help with decisions on resource allocation, and the ‘fresh approach’ provides practical guidance to help you engage with the different personalities in the way that’s right for them.