In this section you'll find useful information and how to access support to help you with running your athletics club or running club.
Please see the left hand menu for details on information and support available to assist with running your club (top menu if viewing on mobile).
Information about different aspects of England Athletics work with coaches is available throughout this section as well as details on relevant contact details for England Athletics staff. If you have feedback or comments about England Athletics' work with coaches you wish to feedback you can find out how to do this through your council portfolio holder at www.englandathletics.org/clubs-portfolio.
To find our more about the benefits of your athletics club or running club affiliating to England Athletics, the process for affiliating and for Athletics Services contact details please see our Club Affiliation Section.
Club Matters, the essential one-stop-shop for sports clubs, will provide you with support, learning and guidance on all aspects of running a club whether it is large, small, formal or informal. Club Matters offers free, simple and bitesize support to all clubs. You can access our Club Matters section here and find links to useful resources.
Welfare - it is everyone's responsibility
Athletics is about running, jumping and throwing as fast, as high and as far as you can. England Athletics aims to create an environment where everyone involved in athletics feels safe and secure to enable them to achieve their potential – to run, jump and throw, to coach, officiate or to support those who do.
England Athletics has a legal services hotline for clubs which is operated by the leading law firm, Muckle LLP.
Muckle LLP will provide a FREE legal helpline for all Affiliated Clubs & Bodies during 2015. This initiative is funded by England Athletics in order to provide greater value to Affiliated Clubs & Organisations. Find out more in our '' section in the left hand menu.
You can also access templates for the Constitution/ Rules of a club:
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Funding remains an on going challenge for any club. We therefore work in a number of ways and with partners to help clubs acheive a number of ways of improving their financial position. See our '' section for details.
Marketing & Awareness
Whether you want to recruit more volunteers, bring in new athletes, let beginners know of opportunities in your club, make your club more attractive to sponsors or deliver messages to your members good awareness and marketing are hugely important. In this section you will find a number of resources to help you with this including from powerful and effective partners such as the BBC who can be used to help you raise the profile of your club.
Clubmark (Club accreditation)
Clubmark is Sport England’s cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports Clubs, which aims to make sure the nation’s sports Club infrastructure is safer, stronger and more successful. For new clubs it can provide a framework upon which you can build your club policies and procedures higher standards of welfare, equality, coaching and management in community sports Clubs.
Community Amateur Sports Club Tax Relief
Since 2002 a package of tax reliefs to support Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs) have been available as an alternative to charitable status route for those Community Amateur Sports Clubs unable or unwilling to apply for charitable status. To find out more see our section on 'CASC'
Guidance and funding opportunities relating to facilities.
Equality, Diversity, Inclusion
England Athletics is committed to make athletics the most popular individual sporting activity in England. We want to make England an Athletics nation and we cannot do this without encouraging the whole of society to participate in athletics. Find out more at
Local England Athletics Support for your club
England Athletics' Club Support Managers are deployed across the country to help athletics clubs and running clubs and the thousands of volunteers that run them. To find your local Club Support Managers and their contact details see www.englandathletics.org/my-area.
Athletes, Coaches and Officials
At England Athletics, we understand that our member clubs are shaped largely by the volunteers who promote participation in their sport, often from generation to generation.
While no two clubs are the same, we also recognise that there are many shared issues and common themes which clubs across England face regularly, along with a wide range of marginal gains which can be made off the track, as well as on it, to improve each athlete’s experience.
With this in mind, we feel it is important to identify how clubs can benefit from passing their expertise and experiences to other clubs, particularly in relation to questions about how they should be set up and run. This Guide is intended to explain the different types of legal structure and special tax status (particularly when operating on a not-for-profit basis) which clubs can adopt.
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