Please note this funding has now closed
Satellite Clubs was a Sport England funded project focused on local physical activity and sport clubs designed around the needs of young people. London Sport distributed Satellite Clubs funding on behalf of Sport England.
The funded clubs provided new opportunities for young people to get active and gave them the chance to regularly take part in sport and physical activity in a convenient and enjoyable environment.
Clubs were focused on supporting an increase in the number of 14-19-year olds participating regularly in physical activity and sport and designed around the needs of young people and ultimately give a positive experience of being active.
London Sport have conducted a comprehensive review of our Satellite Club programme following the conclusion of funding from Sport England at the end of the 2021/22 financial year (12 months later than originally planned due to covid-19 disruption).
Since 2019, London Sport has utilised more than £1m investment to seek out and test new partnerships models and draw in additional resources to increase the impact of each Satellite Club.
The impact report, available above, is a reflection on the last two years (2019-2021) of programme delivery reviewed against the programme’s theory of change.
It uses data collected from registers, surveys, and interviews with partners, to dig into what worked, what didn’t, what created positive change, and what comes next. We hope this will be useful for the wider physical activity and sport sector in London.
The report found that a varied approach to developing partnerships and delivery models, workforce and capacity building, and the use of youth voice, increased opportunities for young people to be physically active.
The report also includes a series of recommendations on giving all young Londoners the best opportunity to form a positive physical activity habit for life, broken down into different areas of work.
*Appendices for this report can be found at the bottom of this page.
Satellite Clubs Timeline
PROJECT REVIEW: The voice of the audience should be “central to decision making” according to our new report which reviews three years of delivery of the Sport England Satellite Club funding programme.
The report found that a varied approach to developing partnerships and delivery models, workforce and capacity building, and the use of youth voice, increased opportunities for young people.
It outlines the impact of this programme in London and a series of recommendations on giving all young Londoners the best opportunity to form a positive physical activity habit for life.
NEWS: London Sport will distribute £70,000 of Sport England Satellite Club funding as we continue efforts to support children and young people to be more active.
The covid-19 lockdowns had a devastating effect on the activity levels of London’s children with inactivity levels rising by 5.3% in 2019-20 compared to the 2018-19 academic year. Read the full announcement.
EVENT: The Addressing Youth Isolation Fund has been set up to identify how physical activity can be used to reduce isolation in young people. If you are an organisation who works with young people aged 14-19 to reduce isolation or support them through any of life’s challenges we want to hear from you.
This event took place on 13 January 2021.
NEWS: The October 2020 funding round for Sport England Satellite Clubs has now closed with organisations being informed of final funding decisions on w/c 30 November.
While Sport England is due to end Satellite Club funding in March 2021, delivery of funded clubs will continue into 2021 as we continue to support young people to enjoy physical activity and sport. Further details around future funding from London Sport, via Sport England, for children and young people in the capital will be released in due course.
INSIGHT: New insights from London Sport will be used by ten schools in Sutton to help young people enjoy new activities and lead healthier and happier lives. he research, conducted by London Sport, saw surveys completed by 1,776 students in order to understand their levels of participation, the barriers they face, and what new activities might interest them. Read more.
FUNDING: Young people in the capital have been keeping active and socially connected throughout the lockdown thanks to £24,000 of Sport England Satellite Club funding distributed by London Sport. Twenty existing Satellite Clubs in London have received financial support throughout the covid-19 pandemic to keep young people connected with their clubs despite lockdown restrictions. Find out more.
FUNDING: Hundreds of young women from across London are set to benefit from nearly £70,000 of Sport England Satellite Club funding distributed by London Sport. The £66,000 of funding will be received by 28 physical activity and sport projects, the majority of which focus on supporting women and girls in London to be more active. More here.