Club Finder UK is a directory of the UK’s sports clubs, gyms and fitness facilities. It is currently under reconstruction so please bear with us in the coming weeks.
We believe that finding a club is paramount for health and longevity as well as great for community integration. Making it easier to get involved is our top priority.
We’re compiling a list of clubs by sport and region so whether you’re a fanatic or looking for something to do in your local area, we’ll be able to help.
The state of sport in the UK
Historically, the UK has punched well above its weight on the global stage including huge successes at the Olympic Games as well as world and European championships in virtually every sport.
Whilst funding plays a central role in this success, accessibility and awareness of sports and clubs to be involved with are key. Reducing barriers to sports participation is the answer to cultivating a world-class sporting nation as well as one freer from disease and avoidable health conditions.
Finding a club near you
Finding a sports club near you, whether it’s for you, your children or a friend is generally straight-forward. However, many sports clubs are less than ‘internet savvy’ and struggle signpost themselves effectively. These are typically in underfunded and/or niche sports, exactly the kinds that need new members.
Currently, a Google of sports clubs in the area is your best bet, however, the results will tend to be a mishmash of many different oragnisations, making it challenging to know where to start. Building an extensive, independent directory of sports clubs, especially for niche sports or specialist gyms is a step towards improving online visibility.
Our ethos and plan
We believe that by helping to remove a possible barrier to participation, we can help shape the future of British sport and health. Success relies upon the following key actions:
- Provide a welcoming environment for new members
- Make their facility and membership accessible to all
- Maintain the highest standard of safety and protection to vulnerable members.
- Help promote clubs and organisations supporting the cause
- Enable the integration of schools, clubs and local government
It is only through a cohesive effort between these parties that we stand a chance of elevating sports participation and performance without the need for additional funding or restructuring. Changes to the system cost time and resources so the focus must be to what is already in place and what is within our power to change.