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
  • Investing in recruiting new, or supporting your existing volunteer workforce
  • Supporting the development of an athlete pathway within your club
  • Providing a welcoming environment for your members
  • 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.

Prior to presenting your Club Improvement Fund application to panel we will assess your progress with Club Standards and offer support where necessary. You are not required to have a specific Club Standards score prior to applying. However we do recommend you complete the checklist through the myAthletics portal and are actively working towards achieving the Club Standards.

It is important that applications are made based on the needs and current barriers you are facing. However, to help with planning out your project please find below some suggested examples of what it could include:

  • Investment into modernising your club website. Ensuring that potential new members see an effective representation of your club online, can access key information and make an enquiry about joining easily.
  • Producing a video that welcomes new members and provides information about the club.
  • After identifying the volunteer roles that would benefit the club, putting on a series of recruitment events targeting parents and/or the local community.
  • Setting up a series of coach development opportunities for existing coaches to progress their knowledge.
  • Delivering outreach activities within your community.

The application process

The Grant programme will be open for clubs to apply throughout the year. However we do have a limited amount of funds and once this allocation has been granted the fund will cease for that year.

Once you have submitted your application form you will be supported by a Club Support Manager who will ensure your application is ready to be presented to the funding panel for assessment.  For the forthcoming year these panels are planned for mid July 2023, end September 2023, mid January 2024. 

Club Improvement Fund application form

  • Please tick any of the following that applies to your application. Receiving Club Improvement Funding will support my club to:
  • Please provide a brief description of why you are applying for club improvement funding, include the barriers you are currently facing, what you will spend the money on and why you need additional financial support.
  • Please provide a breakdown of how the money will be spent, including details of the items and estimated costs
  • Please provide any additional details you would like to include as part of your application
  • Please upload any documents you feel are relevant to your application, this may include receipts for expenditure already incurred
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