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Have you got the perfect venue for your group?

Do you have all the equipment you need?

Will you hire or lease it?

If you're not sure, then let's dive in... 


Kit and equipment

Your needs will depend upon your sport.

Some sports set minimum requirements for kit and equipment, usually for health and safety reasons.

For example, you should make sure that everyone has:

  • Mouth guards for boxing. 
  • Shin pads for football.
  • Head gear for youth rugby.

Ask your national governing body for the latest advice. 

Things to consider if you're starting up

If you're just starting a group, or exploring facilities for the first time, then think carefully before you sign on the dotted line.

What's essential for your club?

What's desirable?

Does this venue offer you everything you need? 



If you only need facilities for a few hours each week, then you can probably just hire somewhere. 

Don’t just look at leisure centres. How about schools, community centres, other sports clubs or private leisure operators?



If you need facilities on a more regular basis, you may want to lease somewhere.

Sports clubs often lease premises or facilities from local authorities, commercial businesses or other organisations. 

Make sure you understand the terms and conditions before you sign up.

Top tip: If you want funding for leased properties, you will need to prove that you have the right to use the facilities over a long period of time. This is typically 25 years.

Owning your own facilities

Do you dream of owning and running your own facilities? Maybe you want a club house, activity centre or a sports ground, that's all your own.

Here are a few things to consider... 


If you're considering building new facilities, or updating your existing facilities, then explore Sport England's resources. 

Sport England's planning guidance

Designing facilities

For information on designing and costing facilities, check out Sport England's design and cost guidance.

Sport England's design and cost guidance

Asset transfer

Asset transfer is the transfer of the ownership of land or buildings from government organisations, such as local authorities, to community groups. 

This means that local sports clubs and trusts can sometimes get these facilities at a vastly discounted price if there is a benefit to the local community.


Buddle's guide to asset transfer