Starting a Volleyball Club
If you're looking to start a volleyball club, then we hope the information below will be useful. These are just the initial steps in getting your new club up and running. Club Matters is also an excellent resource which can be used to help new or established clubs develop.
Organising your club
When starting a volleyball club, it's important to make sure that you have the right organisational structure in place and that your club is insured:
- Create an effective club committee with a chairperson, secretary and treasurer. Ideally these people should not be related to each other.
- Open a club bank account.
- Create a club constitution and a club mission statement.
- Register your club as a new club with Volleyball England. This entitles you to £5 million Public Liability Insurance along with a host of other membership benefits.
- We can also assist you with completing a Small Grants application, which could help the club with a start up grant of between £300 - £10,000
Finding a venue, players and volunteers.
Approach your local leisure centres and schools to see if they have facilities that your club could use. Setting up a school - club link early on could help your club to become successful. If you aren't sure where your nearest facilties are visit Be Inspired
There are several ways in which you can attract players to your club:
- Advertise your sessions at the venue itself! You can print flyers/leaflets to leave on noticeboards, or to hand to sports centre users.
- Contact your local County Sports Partnership. They are envaluable and will help you find and attract new players, whilst advertising new sessions.
- Create an inspiring club website, or create a social networking page, get people talking and shout loud and proud about your new club!
- Join In connects people with local sports clubs who need their help. So if you're looking for a coach, treasurer or someone to organise your socials - then this is perfect!
Obtaining equipment and funding
We can assist you with completing a Small Grants application, which could help your club with a start up grant of between £300 - £10,000.
Who can I ask for help?
As well as the Volleyball England Development team, there are several other contacts who can help you with your new club, including funding, finding players and joining leagues:
- Regional Volleyball Association: There are 9 Regional Associations, staffed entirely by volunteers. They can help with find players and enter local competitions and leagues.
- Local authority sports departments: Find out if your council has a sports department, they may be able to help you set up your club and have local funding available.
- County Sports Partnership: There are 45 CSPs, 1 per county staffed by professional sports officers. They may have their own sources of funding and will be able to support your club with advice.