Welcome to Club Development

While Club Development can’t guarantee success on the pitch, we can show you a route to succeed off it as one of the UK’s leading sport club consultants.

We know finding the time and expertise to develop, grow and improve your sports club can be difficult. In fact, 54% of people are concerned that their community sports club would struggle to stay running over the long term without support from external organisations.

However, help is at hand. Here at Club Development we offer guidance and support to enable the development of sustainable community sports clubs that win for everyone.

We bring unrivalled experience having helped sports groups raise more than £50 million in funding and can typically help a club raise an extra 25% in revenue.

If your club is interested in community asset transfers, charitable status, incorporation, gift aid, raising capital or developing facilities, we can help with our network of highly experienced, qualified and licensed practitioners. Furthermore, as a social enterprise, our fees are very reasonable and set an affordable rate for sports clubs.

However, don’t just take our word for it, check out our clients and testimonials to see who we’re supporting and what they’re saying about our work!

Keen to find out more? Schedule a meeting here to see how we can help you build a winning club.



24th March 2022 11:28 am

Lismore RFC launch new Walking Rugby programme

We have been delighted to be supporting Lismore RFC in gaining financial support for the start-up of a brand new Walking Rugby programme at Inch Park in Edinburgh. Designed to…
22nd March 2022 8:27 am

Three ways in which football is helping to recycle plastic

Organisers of sports events are increasingly aware of the environmental impact such events have and are making efforts to become more sustainable, including by reducing and reusing plastics. Every single…
22nd March 2022 7:55 am

How your club can save money on water

Here’s our top tips on how you can get your club saving money.  1. Is your club paying the best price for your water? Non-household water accounts, including sports clubs, in…
18th March 2022 1:58 pm

Full team kits from £290

Through our partnership with My Club Group, we can offer a full kit design and manufacture service for clubs, with ultra-competitive prices starting at £290 for a full kids’ team…
18th March 2022 1:46 pm

Start your own club marketplace today

My Club Market can earn your club commission every time your members and community make purchases on thousands of low-priced everyday items on your own club branded retail site. You…
18th March 2022 11:57 am

Kit for All Launched

sportscotland have launched 'Kit for All', a new project providing individuals and families who need it with recycled and pre-loved sports kit, for free. The project aims to make sport…
9th March 2022 7:43 pm

Funding: Bank of Scotland – Reach

Summary The Reach programme is suitable for charities can demonstrate they address disadvantage or social exclusion and will reach the most vulnerable people across Scotland, to provide them with opportunity…
9th March 2022 7:38 pm

Emergency funding available for storm-damaged facilities

What can funding be used for? The money could be used to repair storm-damaged buildings and roofs, grass and artificial pitches, decontaminate flooded clubhouses, replace damaged electrical systems or clear blocked drains. Other items…
8th March 2022 8:50 am

Latest Responsiball Rankings Revealed

Swiss Non-profit organisation #RESPONSIBALL evaluates and publishes an annual ranking on the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of football clubs. Since 2011, RESPONSIBALL supports concrete initiatives in the field…
8th February 2022 11:32 am

Club Development support Carnegie Harriers with Charitable Status

We were recently delighted to support athletics club Carnegie Harriers in their application for charitable status. The club, who choose to incorporate as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO), is…
8th February 2022 11:13 am

Salisbury Stingrays gain charitable status with Club Development support

We were recently delighted to work with Salisbury Stingrays, a community swimming club situated in Wiltshire, England, in their obtaining of charitable status as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. To protect…
8th February 2022 11:05 am

Club Development support Thistle Youth with SCIO incorporation

We were recently delighted to support Thistle Youth FC with their application to incorporate as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. A SCIO is a corporate body with the ability to:…
8th October 2021 3:59 pm


Volunteering can be a busy and thankless task so whether it’s managing day to day duties or maintaining a compliant club, supported by nearly 250 design features, your time and…
8th October 2021 3:32 pm

Funding: Always Sported

GET £200 TO SUPPORT YOUR WORK WITH WOMEN & GIRLS. To help keep girls playing, Always is donating to Sported as part of its new #KeepHerPlaying campaign. The funds donated…
7th October 2021 6:53 pm

Funding: Active Together

Please note this is a Sport England funding option. Therefore, only clubs situated in England will eligible to apply. A £7.5 million fund, with up to £10,000 in match funding,…
17th September 2021 2:51 pm

Free Fundraising Support for your Club

Over recent months, a string of worrying statistics have been published, highlighting the precarious position sports clubs are currently in.  According to research, even before the COVID-19 pandemic, over 40%…
8th September 2021 9:36 am

Funding: GVC Fund

About this fund The GVC Fund offers grants of up to £5,000 to groups and projects delivering sport, healthy activity projects, and projects supporting men's physical and mental health. The…
31st August 2021 9:38 pm

Why register your club as a CASC?

If your sports club is eligible, you can become a community amateur sports club (CASC). You’ll get: tax relief on income, gains and profits from some activitiesGift Aid repayments on donationsbusiness rates relief…
30th August 2021 4:21 pm

Funding: Clubs in Crisis

Cash4Clubs and the charity Made By Sport have partnered up, offering the opportunity for community sports clubs and organisations across the UK to receive £2021 in unrestricted support, through the…
30th August 2021 1:06 pm

CDS part of sportscotland 21/22 Learning and Development Programme

Club Development Scotland were delighted to form part of this year's sportscotland Learning and Development programme. The aim of the SGB L&D Programme is to develop a well trained, skilled…
24th August 2021 9:49 pm

Raise money for your club when you shop online and instore with Fantastic Fanatics

Raise funds for your organisation when members, volunteers, and supporters shop online. Fantastic Fanatics enables sports clubs to generate funds when their own members shop, eat out, book hotels and…
24th August 2021 3:12 pm

Raise money for your club when you shop with easyfundraising

Raise funds for your organisation when members, volunteers, and supporters shop online. Club Development Scotland have registered with easyfundraising, the UK’s biggest and best online shopping platform for good causes…
21st June 2021 3:05 pm

Attracting sponsorship for your sports club with SNAP Sponsorship (podcast)

In this 'Club Development Scotland meets' episode, Andrew chats to Mark Covington, CEO of SNAP Sponsorship (snapsponsorship.com/) about how clubs can attract and develop their sponsorship offering to businesses through…
3rd June 2021 5:40 pm

Launch of the 2021 CDS Survey

Research has revealed that even before COVID-19, over 40% of local community sports clubs were either in deficit or just breaking even. The pandemic has since put over 25% of…
26th April 2021 1:34 pm

PODCAST | Club Development Talks Volunteering in Scottish football with Alan Russell

In this episode of the Club Development Scotland podcast, we chat to Alan Russell, CEO of Supporters Direct Scotland on his report 'Volunteering in Scottish football'. The report takes an…
15th March 2021 9:28 pm

DEAL OF THE WEEK | Pact Coffee

Here's a special discount for Fantastic Fanatics members! Members can use code FANATICS30X3 to claim 30% off their 1st, 3rd and 5th bag!! Terms: You’ll get 30% off your first,…
17th May 2022 11:53 am

Funding: Movement for Good

Through the Movement for Good fund, just nominate a registered charity, not-for-profit organisation, or community interest company of your choice in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle…
17th May 2022 9:44 am

Easyfundraising adds app to help clubs fundraise

Easyfundraising has today announced the rollout of an app which makes it easier to raise funds for your club. The Donation Reminder is a brand-new feature powered by the app, exclusively for…
17th May 2022 9:36 am

Tackling homophobia in sport

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT…
20th April 2022 10:39 am

Funding: Barclays Community Football Fund

Sported has announced a brand new, three-year collaboration with Barclays, which aims to make playing football more accessible at the grassroots level. The Barclays Community Football Fund, in partnership with…
20th April 2022 10:31 am

eCoach launches partnership with Sported

eCoach has announced a partnership with Sported. Together, they are launching a range of equality online courses, from engaging teenage girls in football, to tackling anti-racism in football, which will…
20th April 2022 10:28 am

Brentford Offering Fans Free Heart Screenings

Fans aged 14-35 can register for a heart screening backed by funds raised in memory of Robert Rowan. A weekend of heart screenings has been organised for young Brentford fans…
20th April 2022 10:21 am

Funding: Inspiring Scotland Outdoor Play for Wellbeing Fund

Summary The Outdoor Play for Wellbeing Fund will support outdoor community play projects that are free to access and that deliver free play opportunities for children and families experiencing disadvantage.…
20th April 2022 10:17 am

Funding: South Lanarkshire Council Community Grants

Summary The main aims of the Community Grants Scheme are to fund activities and projects which bring community benefit and involve people in the community by bringing them together to…
20th April 2022 10:07 am

Buriram United: The benefits of building a relationship between sport and esport

Over the past 12 months the growing relationship between traditional sports and esports has blossomed worldwide. Sports-centric sponsors have begun to collaborate with competitive gaming organisations, such as Nike partnering with T1, whilst…
20th April 2022 9:56 am

UK Coaching challenge gender Bias with drive to enable more female coaches

UK Coaching – the UK’s leading charitable organisation for sports and physical activity coaches – has released a free digital resource to encourage and support females into coaching. Access here

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A group of sport and physical activity sector bodies have issued an urgent plea to the government, asking it to increase its support to grassroots sport and physical activity.


According to Sport England, 95% of all concluded planning applications which involved a playing field during the period (April 2020 – March 2021) resulted in the protection, or improvement of, facilities.


We're looking to hear from any club with Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) status about any policies they may have around affordability and supporting members with fees.

Any RTs appreciated!

Great to see that Sport England have reopened their small grants programme especially at a time when many grassroot clubs and organisations are feeling the struggles of the cost of living crisis and post covid affects 👏