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- 22 October 2013 00:00
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Sport England’s Satellite Clubs initiative, which is designed to make it easier for young people to get into and stay in sport once they leave school, now has over 1,000 clubs up and running within the first year of launching.
One of the key elements of Sport England’s five-year strategy, Satellite Clubs aims to keep young people playing sport beyond school by establishing school and college-based sports clubs with links to local community clubs.
To date, 1,181 clubs have been set up with the overall target being to set up 5,000 new clubs by 2017.
"To have hit the 1,000 satellite club mark in such a short time and ahead of schedule shows the demand for this new approach to transitioning young people into club sport,” said Sport England’s Director of Community Sport Mike Diaper.
"By creating new and appealing opportunities Satellite Clubs is making it easier for young people to get into sport and stay with sport.”
Across the country, Satellite Clubs helping 11 to 25-year-olds to participate in sport include a Northampton Hockey Club at Malcolm Arnold Academy where they run sessions for 11 to 16-year-olds and an athletics club at Mortimer Community School in South Tyneside that has been set up by South Shields Harriers.
"We want to tackle the drop off in sports participation that can happen when young people leave school,” said Minister for Sport Helen Grant.
"Sport England’s Satellite Clubs are giving thousands of young people the opportunity to find the sport for them in their local community, encouraging them to have a sporting habit for life.”
Sport England is working in partnership with sport governing bodies and County Sport Partnerships (CSPs) and investing £49 million of Lottery funding into the development of Satellite Clubs.
This includes £8.13 million over the next three years to fund dedicated Club Link Makers within each CSP.
Each Club Link Maker will play a vital role in linking sports with schools and colleges, and will also ensure every secondary school in England has the opportunity to host a Satellite Club.
Sport England is also continuing its successful partnership with the Premier League on Premier League 4 Sport, which formed the basis of the satellite clubs initiative.
In July a new three-year, £7.8 million partnership was announced, to expand the programme and will see 590 new satellite clubs established.