Sport England Club Matters

Club Matters is a Sport England Lottery funded programme that provides free resources, support, guidance and workshops to grassroots sports clubs, groups and community organisations.


Sport England’s Clubmark scheme came to an end in November 2019. The scheme brought about a significant improvement in standards across the community sports sector. There are elements of the scheme which, at its creation, were positioned as ‘best practice’ (safeguarding/duty of care and governance) which are now deemed to be essential aspects of any club’s operations.

In order to continue to promote club development, a new ‘Health Check’ tool was created on the Club Matters platform to take clubs through stages of development; designed to support you depending on your size and need. As well as this Club Matters continues to provide resources, tools and new content to keep you up to date!

Club Matters has a huge range of resources available to support club development such as:

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Club Constitution and Codes of Conduct

To affiliate to British Rowing you will need to have a club constitution.

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Club Safety

Rowing and sculling are outdoor activities so it is important to recognise that contending with difficult weather conditions, other water users and using different waterways is all part of the sport

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EA Boat Registration

Affiliated clubs are able to purchase reduced price Environment Agency (EA) Boat Registrations through British Rowing

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Legal Structures of Clubs

Rowing clubs can take one of several different legal forms, which are discussed in the documents.

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