Local networks and partnerships

Local networks and partnerships

There are a number of networks and organisations in your local area that can help your club.

These include:

  • Club Durham Network Events An annual programme of network events across County Durham. Events are free to Club Durham members and allow you to meet partners and find out all the latest information and support available through bitesize workshops.
  • County Durham Coaches Network (CDCN)A proactive group of organisations who together take on both strategic and advisory roles to help improve your recruitment, development, retention and deployment of coaches within County Durham.
  • County Durham Volunteer Coordinators Forum – These quarterly forums are available for your volunteer management staff to network with other clubs in their area. Training sessions are arranged from forum meetings and include:
    • Introduction to volunteer management
    • Volunteer recruitment and induction
    • Volunteer support and supervision
    • Volunteering and the law
    • Health and safety and volunteering
    • National Governing Body networks – Some National Governing Bodies have their own county or regional network groups for clubs to attend. These networks provide clubs with updates on local funding opportunities, access to club or coach development bursaries and an opportunity to share best practices.
  • Community Sport and Physical Activity Networks (CSPAN’s) – Partners from the local area combine their resources and work together to prioritise plans for the area. There are five CSPAN’s across County Durham:


  • Dales
  • Derwentside
  • Durham & Chester-le-Street
  • Easington
  • Sedgefield

Area Action Partnerships (AAP’s)If you join your Area Action Partnership you’ll be invited to meetings and events to discuss community issues. Area Action Partnership’s allow people to have their say on services, and gives a chance to speak directly with local communities. By working together it helps make sure that the services are there to meet the needs of local communities and focus the actions and spending on important issues.