School-Club Links

A few words from our School-Club links Ambassador - Becky Downie

Becky who started out at the age of 7 with Bigwood Gymnastics Club in Nottingham said that she was “Honoured to be asked to be Ambassador for the new School-Club links initiative in the city and county” Becky went on to say “Gymnastics has been such a big part of my life, and has given me so many wonderful experiences, but without the encouragement from my school, teachers and my first local club, my story could have been a very different one.  School-Club links are a great way to encourage kids to take something they enjoy to the next step, I’m looking forward to supporting this programme and think it could really make a difference to local kids


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Formal links between sports clubs and schools can be a great way to encourage children to continue playing sport after school and also create a pathway toward competitive and elite sport. Download the new electronic short guide to school-club links today.

Sport Nottinghamshire is working closely with Local Authorities, NGB’s, School Games Organisers, Clubs and Schools  to establish these formal links and would encourage any school or club wanting to create a link(s) to read through the new short guide to school-club links by clicking on the image to the right of this page. Please use the school-club links contacts section to seek support from sports development professionals on setting up a link. 

If you already have a school-club link in place we will be showcasing these links throughout the year on our website and in the Sport Nottinghamshire e-newsletter. If you wish to showcase your school-club link please send a short overview of your link to


The definition below has been developed based on national guidance documents, CSP and NGB guides and responses from the Nottinghamshire County Sports Partnership network. Some key themes have emerged from this consultation as follows:

  • School - club links must be easy to understand, implement and measure.
  • They require proactive involvement from a representative at both the school and club.
  • They must include activity specific to that link.
  • They must have a real outcome i.e. young people actively participating at the club either as players or leaders.

A school-club link is a mutually beneficial partnership between a school and community sports club, which is characterised by the following:

  1. Effective communications: Club and school in regular contact i.e. between at least one designated person from both the school and club. 
  2. Structured activity: Opportunities for young people from the school to participate e.g. coaching sessions, competitions, leadership opportunities at events etc. This can either be in a community and/or school setting.
  3. Participation: Young people participating in club sport, either as an athlete/player or leader, as a result of the link.

For further information and support on setting up or enhancing school-club links please contact:

Sarah Williams, Sport Development Officer on