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Club Facilities

Club Durham can help you to source the most appropriate facilities for your sport within your local community, by connecting you to a network of local partners you can also look at diverse ways of managing your club facilities to get the best for your members and maximise your club growth.

Help finding a facility – Things to consider when identifying an appropriate facility are:

  • Do you need a field or a court?
  • Do you need somewhere for players to change?
  • Do you need toilet facilities?
  • How many teams need space? If more than one, are they all able to play at the same time?
  • Do you need a place for your committee & volunteers to meet?

Types of facilities to consider.

  • Local leisure centres
  • Local School, College, and University Facilities.
  • Outdoor Sport Pitches, Recreational Areas, and Public Parks.
  • Community Buildings.
  • Larger community clubs may be keen to build partnerships with a new club & share facility.

For more information, please contact your Locality Community Wellbeing Officer.

Managing Your Facility

A range of partners offer support and guidance on the best way to manage your club.

Sport England Guidance-and-Support Facilities-and-Planning

Business Durham 

Business Energy Efficiency Project 

Asset Transfer

Community asset transfers are how local authorities transfer the management and operation of facilities to local community groups in the voluntary and community sector.

Benefits of asset transfer

  • Own your facility, improving your club identity.
  • Increased membership
  • Ability to attract external funding.
  • Generate income.
  • Bring communities together.
  • Improve management.
  • Improve the sporting experience for members.

Be mindful of taking on assets and be aware of the liabilities, ensuring your club has the legal & management structures in place to successful take on all the responsibilities involved.

Community Sport Asset Transfer toolkit – Sport England’s step by step guide through the asset transfer process for community clubs.

Sport England Buddle/asset-transfer – this link from Sport England Club Matters also has resources on asset transfers.