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Club Support

Latest support for Clubs during Lockdown Club Development Support update

There are many benefits of affiliation (clubs) and being a member of Welsh Athletics (member benefits).

Club Managers:

Welsh Athletics have a team of Regional Clubs Managers that regularly visit clubs and offer, help, support and advice across a range of areas.

The Club Managers work closely with the National Talent Development Co-ordinators and the Welsh Athletics Coaching Team to support the development of claches within club environments.

A list of staff can be found here

Secretary's Portal:

We recently introduced the Secretary's Portal to help athletics clubs manage thier club online. For more information about the Secretary's Portal, please click here.

For a guide on how to use the Secretary's Portal, please click here.

To use the Secretary's Portal to it's full benefits, clubs will need to have a configured Stripe account to take online payments. Full details can be found here.

Setting Up Stripe for Taking Payments Online:

Welsh Athletics recently introduced a fresh new website for managing your athletics club online. New features include online payment options for club members and club officials.

Once configured, your members can pay club membership fees online with the cash automatically deposited directly to club bank accounts. If configured, a split of the clubs membership fees you collect can be auto redirected to Welsh Athletics as the registration fee to the governing body.

In addition, club officers can complete and pay club affiliation fees online direct to Welsh Athletics. Click here for instructions.

Funding:

Clubs across Wales do a great job in raising funds, generating income from; membership fees, sponsorship, sale of merchandise, accessing grants as well as other sources.

The most common funding accessed by clubs comes via Sport Wales in the form of Be Active Wales Fund. Further information can be found on the Sport Wales Website. If you are looking to submit a Be Active Fund application, please get in touch with us to support you through the process.

The Be Active Wales Fund offers grants from £300 to £50,000 for projects in Wales that intend to do at least one of the following:

  • reduce inequality
  • create long-term sustainability
  • introduce new or different ways of operating
     

For example, funding could be used to:

  • upskill volunteers where clubs you have gaps in skills or experience
  • buy equipment that allows more people to take part in sport
  • develop new or different ways to deliver physical activity
  • uses technology to engage more people
  • reach people currently under-represented in sport and physical activity.

Note: There are various other grant sources available to clubs and groups in Wales, these can be found  on the Welsh Sport Association website.

Officiating:

Officials are essential for the delivery of competition and support the delivery of the sport in all disciplines and across the whole of Wales. Welsh Athletics offers free officials education to all clubs and club members. For more information, please visit the officials pages.

Coaching:

Coaching is at the heart of the development of athletes of all ages and stages of development, from beginners to elite performers, coaches do an amazing job of helping people progress.

Clubs and club members receive discounted fees on all coaching courses. Further details on the Coaching Qualifcations that Welsh Athletics offer can be found here.

If your club is training multiple coaches it is best to purchase vouchers via Athletics Hub, to find out how to do this click here.

Resources:

Run Wales:

Run Wales is the Welsh Athletics social running programme. Evidence shows us that clubs with a social / recreational offer (eg. A ‘Coach 2 5k’ programme) often experience increases in membership and volunteer numbers as a result. Support in developing your clubs social running offer can be found on the Run Wales website.