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Running a club

The purpose of this section is to provide support and guidance on successfully running, and developing, your club. From time to time you may need advice or support. For instance club officials and sometimes the handover is quick and does not explain everything that happens at club level. Read our Running a Club Handy Guide and view the various Club Documents and Templates available. Running a club takes time and dedication. The information supplied here is to help volunteers and reduce administration.

Running a club

A lot of the information relating to running an archery club, can be found in our Handy Guides. If you are looking for something specific then please get in touch with us and we will do our best to help you.


The Charity Finance Group in collaboration with the British Bankers' Association has produced a guide to assist treasurers and other people responsible for the financial management of clubs, charities and voluntary organisations. The guide provides information and practical advice on the key aspects for clubs and voluntary organisations to consider, from selecting and opening a suitable bank account to understanding fees and charges.

Help for clubs

Clubs form a key part of the community sport system and are a great environment for people to start playing sport regularly. We recognise that running a club can be quite a difficult task with a lot of different elements that need to be considered. Sport England's help for clubs provides resources and information on a variety of topics, which we have split into two themes; setting up and running your club and managing your volunteers.

Club Leaders is part of the Olympic Legacy programme, Places People Play, and provides free training and support to those doing the day-to-day running of community sport, helping create a robust, economically sustainable and enterprising club network.
Club Leaders is being delivered by PwC who are working with Sport England to help improve business skills in sports clubs by bringing their knowledge and experience to the programme.

Sport Scotland has a similiar website - Help for Clubs, Sport Wales has lots of information on their website for Coaches & Clubs and Sport NI's website outlines the support available as well.


Safeguarding children and young people is everyone's responsibility. If you are involved in a club , which involves anyone under the age of 18 or thinking of setting up one, you need to ensure you have the appropriate safeguards in place. For more information visit the Safeguarding section of the website.

Developing a club

The best place to start when developing your club is to write a Club Development Plan or Business Plan (see Club Leaders website), this will bring together the overall aims of your club and be used to drive the club forward. This document is one of the most important documents as it puts down on paper what the club's ojectives and aims are - it might one page or several.

ontarget is Archery GB's club development programme. ontarget is a progressive, evolving programme that is simple and free to join. ontarget allows Archery GB to offer structure and vision for club development, while clubs are free to determine their own development path. ontarget is working to enhance clubs at grassroots level for both existing members and new people coming into the sport.

Clubs can also look at Clubmark, if beneficial to the club.

Sometimes clubs require external funding to replace or increase the amount of equipment, help coaches get qualified or run community projects. Despite cutbacks, a wide range of funding is still available at local and national levels. Having a club development plan will allow the club and external organisations to clearly see the club's priorities and how the funding will achieve the identified goals. See our Funding page and Handy Guide for more information and support on applying for funding.

Volunteers, coaches and officials are vital to keep the club running. Have you ever thought of introducing clear role descriptions for club volunteers? Free templates to modify to adapt to your club are available.

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