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Sports Clubs & Community Development

We work very closely with our sports clubs and sporting community across the District, advising and helping more people to get physically active. We do this through a number of ways including helping with funding applications, developing club activities and their links with local schools, a specific accreditation process to help clubs develop their activities, procedures and follow good practice and assisting club coaches gain new skills and qualifications.

We also work closely with the North Derbyshire Disability Sports Network to support more opportunities for disabled people.

Club Matters

Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for sports clubs.  Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help individuals develop and run sustainable sports clubs.  Find out more by going to http://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/

Focus Groups

We attend and offer support to a number of focus groups (sport specific and generic) which are based within Bolsover District and North Derbyshire. Those that attend the meetings have an interest and desire to develop sport and physical activity opportunities, facilities and events. Groups are regularly being established and are always on the look out for new members who want to make a difference in their local areas.

Sport Specific Groups that we currently provide assistance and advice to are:

  • Basketball

We are members of the North Derbyshire Basketball Development Group.  Having successfully applied for funding from Sport England the group are working hard to develop Basketball opportunities for children and adults across North Derbyshire.  Community sessions for adults 16+ years are taking place at 3 venues with the aim of then developing a Central Venue League for individuals to play in friendly matches.  Furthermore, school based sessions are taking place as well as training to support new leaders. 

  • Bowls

2016 has proved to be another successful year for the Bolsover District Bowls Development Group.  The group have a number of aims and objectives which they identified as priorities which would make clubs stronger, more sustainable and encourage more individuals to play the game by providing recreational and competitive bowling opportunities. Since the group started we have had:

  • An increase in adult memberships
  • An increase in junior memberships
  • An increase in bowls playing opportunities for young people
  • An increase in bowls playing opportunities for adults
  • An increase in the number of qualified coaches

The group also successful applied to Sport England's Get Equipped programme for £7,500 of funding which, together with £1,000 from Bolsover LSP, has enabled them to purchase 3 Bradshaw Bowls Buggies.  The buggies are sports wheelchairs which allow those that are disabled the opportunity to return to the game or play the game for the first time and to take on able-bodied players on equal terms.  The buggies are designed to safely aid wood delivery and give access to indoor facilities and bowling green's without damaging their surface.  Anyone wanting to use a buggy can do so by contacting their local bowls club or the group secretary on 01246 242362.

  • Cricket
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • North Derbyshire Disability Sports Network (NDDSN)
  • Table Tennis  


Funding is extremely difficult to come by at present, that's why we have listed the most prominent sources for sports and recreational activity below. We can also provide help and guidance to any sports club or group within Bolsover District who wishes to apply for funding.

  • Sport England are continuing to announce new funding opportunities to support their strategy 'Towards an Active Nation'.  For more information on the latest funding available please go to https://www.sportengland.org/funding/
  • Derbyshire Sport have a variety of funding programmes which your group, organisation or project may be eligible for.
  • VInspired Cashpoint for 14-25 year olds to support them to design and run their own social action project.  Further information can be found at  https://vinspired.com/cashpoint
  • Foundation Derbyshire offer grants around the £1,000 mark and grants usually cover a 12 month period. Most of our programmes will cover equipment (capital) and general running costs such as rent and transport (revenue). Each of our funding programmes offers something different.  For more information http://www.foundationderbyshire.org/apply-for-a-grant/search-for-a-grant/

Sports Clubs

We have hundreds of sports clubs in Bolsover District all of who provide an essential service and activity to our local communities. The development of clubs that encourage people to take-up sport, improve their talents and give them the option to initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport is an essential part of our work to support the sporting infrastructure in England. We have a number of programmes that help assist clubs develop and attract new members.

Clubmark is a national cross sports quality accreditation scheme for clubs, which is built around a set of core criteria to ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards. Clubmark is endorsed by all the main sporting, youth and education agencies involved in the delivery of sporting opportunities for young people as the accreditation scheme for clubs with quality assured junior sections.

A club is accredited via either its licensed National Governing Body (NGB) or County Sports Partnership (CSP). It must, therefore, be affiliated to the relevant Sport England recognised NGB in order to be accredited.

The Chance to Shine Programme has seen us working with Bolsover District School Sports Partnership and 3 of the Districts cricket clubs to be part of the Derbyshire Cricket Boards 2013 community programme. All the Districts primary schools will take part in the Chance to Shine Programme and the Districts secondary schools have the opportunity to take part in the 'new' Chance to Compete activities. The cricket clubs involved are Glapwell, Shirebrook and Whitwell.

Club Development Process is a series of awards to reflect standards of good practice in different areas of club development. In addition to National Governing Body (NGB) awards, this process is designed to help and support clubs in working towards Clubmark and will assist clubs in becoming stronger and more sustainable whilst highlighting the good work already being done. Clubs can achieve awards at a number of levels and each level will strengthen your club.

  • Stepping Stones - 8 point criteria towards Clubmark accreditation
  • School Club Links Bronze Award - Includes communication, marketing and promotion within schools
  • School Club Link Silver Award - Includes school coaching activities and competition
  • School Club Link Gold Award - Includes leadership and volunteer opportunities, teacher training and coach education
  • Volunteer Investment Club - Volunteer Coordinators, handbooks, rewards and opportunities
  • Touchstone Community Development Club - Prestigious award made when all the levels above have been met.

School – Club – Links is a scheme to ensure that young people have the opportunity to continue into high quality, child friendly community sports clubs out of the school and PE setting. Each official School-Club-Link must meet a series minimum operating criteria and show a commitment to developing junior sports provision. We have a number of clubs taking part in this scheme that offer sporting links for football, golf, hockey, cricket, athletics, netball table tennis, rugby union and martial arts.

Club Coach Mentoring Programme is a unique scheme to community football clubs who have or are working towards Clubmark accreditation. We support grassroots coaches working towards FA qualifications to facilitate their development in skills, knowledge and understanding of the coaching process.

Support for beginners to jogging

#JogIntoJanuary breaking down the barriers to getting active this New Year

A campaign running across Derbyshire this New Year hopes to break down the barriers that prevent people from regularly getting active.

#JogIntoJanuary will provide support to complete beginners, who often believe they are not fit enough, are too embarrassed or do not have enough time.
Participants can choose from a host of groups up and down the county, from the High Peak in the north to Derby City and South Derbyshire in the south.Jog Into January 2017

The project is part of the JOG Derbyshire programme, run in partnership with Derbyshire Sport, that has already helped more than 4,000 people get on the move.
“Plenty of our members could not walk upstairs or run 30 yards without getting out of breath, were overweight and preferred the sofa rather than trying to be active, when they first started,” said JOG Derbyshire co-ordinator Cat Wynne.
“But those who give it a go soon realise that they aren't judged and it isn't a race. They are among like-minded people and aren’t the odd one out.
“There’s soon a realisation that getting together with others for what begins as walking interspersed with light jogging is actually fun, makes them feel good about themselves, gives them some 'me' time and helps them make new friends.”

All #JogIntoJanuary sessions are low cost or free and are led by qualified jog leaders, who provide step-by-step instruction, from walking and first running steps to jogging a first 5k.
Those who successfully attend for 10 weeks get a certificate to highlight their progress and those who go on to complete a parkrun or 5k event also get a medal.
"Joining my local Jog into January has been one of the best decisions I have made for my health and wellbeing," said Deirdre Phelan, from the Jog Duffield group.
"With small children, getting to a gym regularly was impossible, but #JogIntoJanuary taught me to jog, and gave me the confidence to run, something I thought I could never do."

#JogIntoJanuary sessions have been arranged in Amber Valley, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derby City, the Derbyshire Dales, Erewash, the High Peak, North East Derbyshire and South Derbyshire.

For full details and to see the full list of where you can get involved, click here.

You can also find out more by contacting our Jog Derbyshire co-ordinators Cat Wynne (07557656201, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or Luck Bartles (07971 808783, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Talented Athlete Support

Derbyshire business scheme ICON awards bursaries to athletes in Derbyshire to help them meet training related costs. Bursaries are awarded in all sports recognised by Sport England. To be eligible athletes must be in a squad or be competing as part of the main performance pathway for the sport and must have achieved one of the following levels of performance:
  • Selected by National Governing Body (NGB)
  • Compete for Great Britain or home country in major competitions - Olympics/Paralympics/Commonwealth Games, World Championships, World Cup events, European Championships, European Cup events
  • Won a national championship medal
  • Been selected to be part of a recognised NGB performance pathway which is aligned to a major competition.  This can be part of a squad at regional, national or international level.
  • Been selected on to Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS)
4 talented athletes have received a bursary in 2016:
  • Sophie Baggaley (Football)

18 year old Sophie is from Newton and plays for Birmingham City Ladies and has represented England at the U19's European Championship Finals.  Sophie has been asked to train with the National senior squad ahead of their match with Estonia.

  • Mark Waller (Badminton)

21 year old Mark is from Elmton and has attended England Performance Training and represented England at the Para-Badminton World Championships.

  • Ellie Wheatley (Badminton)

15 year old Ellie is from Whitwell and competes for the Derbyshire PC and Venturers Badminton Club.  Ellie has won the National U15's Girls Doubles Championship and is part of the England Performance Training Scheme.

  • Andy Womble

44 year old shooter Andy is from Elmton and is the holder of the title of Disabled Shooter of the Year.  He has also won a Paralympic test event in Olympic Trap and a gold medal at the IPC Grand Prix in Italy.

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Sports Clubs & Community Development contacts

 01246 242362

 01246 242424

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