Satellite Clubs FAQs

What are Satellite Clubs?

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 easy for them to become active or to develop more regular activity habits.

What does a good Satellite Club look like?

A strong Satellite Club has evidence of how your offer is in line with the motivations and needs of young people who are inactive/less active. The club will have evidence of demand from young people, provide good value for money and have a sustainability strategy. Part of that strategy will include appropriate exit routes and a workforce to deliver the programme.

View previous successful Satellite Clubs here.

Who might get most out of a Satellite Club?

Satellite Clubs are particularly successful in bringing new audiences to community sport. These are often young people who enjoy sport but aren’t club members they, may be put off by commitments to training or playing schedules, may be restricted in how far they can travel or how they can pay, or, may want to enjoy sport as a social activity.

How can we ensure our Satellite Club engages with deaf and disabled people?

We strongly recommend you consider the following:

  • How the session caters for participants with mixed abilities
  • The use of imagery and language in promotion of your sessions
  • How your application meets the needs of a range of people including those with learning, sensory or physical impairments.

The reality is that deaf and disabled people are twice as likely to be inactive than their non-disabled peers. And research from Activity Alliance states that seven out of ten disabled people have a preference for integrated sessions rather than disability-specific ones.

Are there any minimum requirements for creating a Satellite Club?

All organisations must possess up-to-date documents that are valid, appropriate, and embedded within their organisation. These include a health & safety policy, safeguarding policy, public liability insurance and a business or organisational bank account with two independent signatories.

Is there anything you won’t fund?

Unfortunately, money isn’t limitless so there are certain things we cannot fund as part of the Satellite Club programme. Such things include but are not limited to:

  • Projects not targeting inactive participants
  • Design and printing of marketing materials
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Buildings and refurbishments
  • Projects with poor value for money
  • Projects already using Sport England/Lottery money
  • Repeat funding of existing sport or physical activity projects – must be new projects
  • Projects retrospectively funded, or items committed to before funding is approved
  • Projects with no clear exit route
  • Projects for gifted and talented participants
  • Funding towards London Youth Games teams
  • Curriculum time activities
What participant data will we need to provide?

Reporting participant data to London Sport is a mandatory requirement. The data we request is used to measure and assess the impact of Satellite Clubs and helps to make the case for future funding.

Projects must report participant data after 10, 20 and 30 weeks to London Sport for the duration of the funding period, specific dates will be provided following a successful funding application.

The data we require includes the number of participants attending on a weekly basis broken down by age, gender and ethnicity. We also require the previous activity levels of each participant.

London Sport will provide all monitoring tools and forms for you to record and report participant data. Please note that failure to return participant data will result in funding being withdrawn.

What is the Youth Personalities training?

In 2015 Sport England released research called Under the Skin which looked at the lives of young people and how physical activity fits into their lives. It looked at both the emotional and rational ties that people associate with physical activity and how this effects their willingness and enthusiasm for being active.

London Sport has developed online youth personalities training to provide deliverers with a better understanding of six personalities and to provide practical advice that can be incorporated into the delivery of sport so it better meets the needs of young people.

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