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The Value of Sports Clubs

Some national facts and figures on Sports Clubs

In England:

  • There are 106,000 affiliated clubs serving 8m members
  • 5.8m sports volunteers (15% of adult population)
  • Volunteers contribute 1.2 billion hours each year to sport, equivalent to 720,000 additional full time paid workers. (Sport England research)
  • The sporting sector makes the single biggest contribution to total volunteering in England, with 26% of all volunteers citing sport as their main area of interest. (Sport England research)

Our local sports clubs provide a vital community service that is also an education service, a physical fitness service and a social service, put simply they offer one of the best local opportunities for many people to get together, get involved and have fun.

The Sport and Active Lifestyles Team is keen that the contribution of these local sports clubs doesn’t get overlooked and in Bath & North East Somerset there are now over 150 sports clubs offering you a choice of activities to get fit, stay fit and succeed at your chosen level. 

A club for all - finding a club

The choice of sports and activities is vast too and with over 20 types of sports there are not only opportunities to take part in the more typical sports but have you ever thought of Aikido (martial arts), diving, rowing, cycling or even long distance walking?

There are also details of clubs that can cater for people with disabilities.

To find a club, visit the Get Active Wesport website or the local inclusive club finder Sportsrush.

Club development and accreditation

Sport England have introduced a national accreditation standard that many of  the governing bodies of sport are following to ensure that their clubs are safe, effective and ‘child friendly’.

For more information on Club Mark go to:

Help for your sports club.

The West of England Sports Trust run courses to help your sports clubs on a variety of topics.

For details of current courses please get intouch with Sarah Casselden on 0117 3286257 .  Also see Wesport's website at

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