About Satellite Clubs
Satellite clubs have helped thousands of young people get active across Wiltshire and Swindon since 2013. Sport England has continued its support of the program under the ‘Towards an Active Nation’ strategy.
Towards an Active Nation sets out Sport England’s seven investment programmes which are based around the following three behavioural challenges:
- Targeting persistently inactive people and supporting them into some form of activity;
- Making it easier for people who drop in and out of sport and physical activity to stay active and maintain a habit;
- Increasing the resilience of people who have a strong affinity with sport and physical activity, ensuring they are treated as valued customers.
Satellite clubs 2017-21 involves the development of new regular opportunities to take part in sport or physical activity outside of school curriculum time.
The program will be targeted at young people aged 14-19 although currently there is flexibility to work with others younger than this and also those involving adults as part of intergenerational community projects. The core audience among this age group being those young people who are inactive or generally less active on a regular basis. Projects ideas aimed at targeting Sport England priority groups will be prioritised, including:
- Women and Girls
- Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Groups
- Disadvantaged Communities (low socio-economic status)
- Disability groups (both physical and mental)
- Other groups traditionally disadvantaged within sport and physical activity
- Where there is evidence of demand for new activity
Sport England have produced a guidance document to help plan, establish and sustain a successful Satellite Club. It includes useful information to help guide and potential project developer.
If you would like to know more or discuss a potential project idea please contact our Satellite Club Lead Simon Woodhouse at Simon@wiltssport.org.uk.
Below are some case studies you may find interesting:
Warminster Pink Panthers RFC
A few years ago, Rugby coach Claire MaCarron noticed a small number of girls waiting at Warminster Rugby club whilst their brothers and siblings played in games or took part in training. They either had to wait around during the session because of the logistics of transport or said that they felt intimidated about getting involved in same group as the boys. So she developed the Warminster Pink Panthers to give them their own place to play. Find out about their journey here.
Salisbury and District Table Tennis Satellite Club is a great success
The Salisbury and District Table Tennis Club was launched in November 2015. Through the Sport England Satellite Club programme coordinated by WASP the club were able to purchase new tables to add to the school ones (12 in total) and equipment for use at the school by the club and its students. The initial 6 week period was free of charge and attracted 150 people of all ages.
National Satellite Club Awards 2015 have awarded the South West Highly Commended award to:
Trowbridge Central Basketball Club are based at St Augustines Catholic School and with guidance from Wiltshire and Swindon Sport and Wiltshire Council they have linked with the school to provide a pathway for the pupils to progress with their Basketball from school to club level. The club has been presented with a Highly Commended award for its role in inspiring young people to play basketball and helping them to sustain their participation in the sport. The club also recognized the gap between competitive club teams and people wanting to start playing or returning to play basketball. The Satellite Club was developed to offer a social basketball session for all ages and abilities to attend. Here is the nomination video -
Another great example of a Satellite Club between Commonweal School Swindon and Swindon Shock Wheelchairs Club who won the National Title of Best Satellite Club in 2014.