Club Improvement Fund Application

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Our purpose at England Athletics is to inspire more athletes and runners of all abilities and backgrounds to fulfil their potential and to have a lifelong love for the sport.

This means supporting our member clubs to:

  1. Recruit new members
  1. Retain existing members
  1. Be an integral part of the local community, engaging a diverse membership in to the club
  1. Have a pathway that allows members to fulfil their potential

We know that every day, clubs are facing barriers that limit progress in these areas.

About the fund

The Club Improvement Fund will provide grants of up to £500 to support clubs with projects that aim to reduce some of the barriers they are facing. We want to fund projects that will help clubs to provide a safe, sustainable and welcoming environment for their athletes and runners. 

We are particularly interested in funding projects that cover one or more of the following areas:

  • Improving your online presence to support communication with existing members and welcome new ones.
  • Recruitment and training of new volunteers or supporting the development of your existing workforce to add capacity or enhance member experience.
  • Providing new opportunities to members, giving them a vibrant experience at your club.
  • Supporting the development of an athlete pathway within the club.
  • Developing links with your local community.


The Club Improvement Fund is open to all England Athletics affiliated clubs. However, we will look to prioritise clubs that have not received funding in the past 12 months. Clubs who received Club Improvement Funding for coach education last year will not be eligible to apply for coach education grants this time but can apply for other projects.

Before your application is assessed by the panel, we will be in touch to learn more about your project and review your progress against Club Standards. There will be a requirement to work actively working towards the standards and for you to have Club Standard 6 in place prior to funding being given but support will be offered to help achieve this.

There is potential for the fund to support a small number of projects with a grant larger than £500. If you have a larger project that will be delivered prior to March 2025 and have other funding secured, please get in touch with your Club Support Manager or email

We intend to hold panel meetings mid July and early September 2024.

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