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The runningsports programme has been merged with Clubmark. The work to develop a new and improved range of support and educational resources for volunteers involved in community sport and activity is continuing. More information will soon be available about the expanded range of opportunities to learn and develop; all of which will enhance the experience of those volunteering and participating in all forms of community sport and activity.

In the transitional period, resource materials and services offered prior to start of the overhaul are still available to assist any on-going activity and learning. Available volunteer resources include: Managing your club, Managing your volunteers, Managing your finances, Events

Club Leaders

Volunteers have the chance to develop better business skills thanks to Sport England's innovative new programme, Club Leaders and the best bit is that it is all free. Providing training and support to those doing the day-to-day running of community sport, Club Leaders will help create a robust, economically sustainable and enterprising club network. The aim of this project is to help people develop their business skills so that they are better able to assist their clubs realise their full potential, recognising that leading a sports club can be a challenge - particularly in the current economic climate. Leaders of sports clubs will be able to develop skills in a way that suits them.

Training and support is being delivered by PwC via: A dynamic Club Leaders website with elearning modules, discussion forums, news, events and more; Face to face seminars led by subject matter experts across the country; One-to-one mentoring to focus on those clubs most in need to get them on the right track

A Learning Bus will also tour the country, initially following the route of the Olympic Torch Relay, giving clubs in rural and inner city areas the chance to find out more. This will include the opportunity to speak to Club Leader trainers about the seminars, use one of the free computers to take an e-learning module or apply for the mentoring scheme.

Initially training will be provided in business and financial planning, marketing, governance and facilitates management. Further modules in these areas and relating to other areas of identified need are currently being developed and are scheduled for launch over the course of 2012. To find out more, access what's on offer and see where the bus will be stopping, visit the Club Leaders website.

Mental Health Toolkit

Time to Change and The Football Association have produced a fantastic toolkit for mental health and football (and other sports):

The toolkit includes top tips, videos and best practice guides. It contains:
- An introduction to mental health
- Information for grassroots clubs
- A guide to setting up new sport and mental health projects
- A guide to delivering new mental health projects
- Additional sources of help and information.

Although it's hosted by the FA, virtually all of the content is suitable for use in other sports. It's particularly important for sport to be inclusive of people with mental health problems, because of the benefits that sport can offer. For some people with mental health problems, sport and physical activity can be the most effective intervention.

Other partners:

County sports partnerships - County sports partnerships ( CSPs ) are networks of partners who are committed to increasing sport and physical activity across a county area. Most of the CSPs have web space dedicated to supporting local volunteers or due to their partnership nature are able to point you in the right direction of clubs, groups and societies who may need volunteers.

Leadership and Volunteering - There is a wide range of leadership and volunteering opportunities available to young people. You can find out more on Sport England's Leadership and Volunteering pages.

Local volunteer centres - With 380 volunteer centres across the country, support is available for volunteers who are keen to get involved with sport but are not sure how. There is also support for clubs, groups and societies who need and manage volunteers:

National Association for Voluntary and Community Action - NAVCA supports local infrastructure organisations who offer resource to voluntary and third sector organisations.

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