Club Development Workshops

Athletics NI is delighted to offer club development & management workshops (online & face-to-face) to support clubs across Northern Ireland in their development across the areas of business planning, volunteer recruitment & retention, membership experience & culture development. Further details on individual workshops are below:


Club Self-Assessment Tool: How Can It Support Your Club? Webinar

Date: Wednesday 22nd February

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Location: Online

Cost: Free


This webinar, run in conjunction with our partners Scottish Gymnastics, will delve into what the Club Self-Assessment Tool is and how it can support your club’s development including:

  • What it is
  • Why we did it
  • Engagement and impact
  • How it works
  • How to get the best out of it
  • What it can do for your club
  • Q&A

Sign up to the workshop:



At Athletics Northern Ireland, we want to support your club with its development, not accreditation. With this in mind, we have developed our self-assessment tool for member clubs. Completely free to use for Athletics NI Affiliated clubs, it allows clubs to log in to their own personalised dashboard where they can self-assess the club at any time by answering questions in seven key areas. Once all the multiple- choice questions have been answered the tool will automatically create the following:

  • Detailed Club Overview
  • Visual Club Overview
  • Tailored PDF Report
  • Tailored Editable Action Plan


You will be emailed details of the completed assessment along with key links to access them.


Further information on the Club Self-Assessment Tool is available here:

Club Self-Assessment Tool


Belfast City Council Sport Grants 

Date: Tuesday 13th December

Time: 5pm - 9pm

Location: Les Jones Room, Athletics House

Belfast City Council will be holding a drop in evening on their current grants that are available to Athletics NI registered clubs and Run NI groups. Clubs and groups are asked to book in for a 30 minute slot to discuss what funding your club requires and understand how to apply for these ahead of the January deadline.


Current grants include:

Good Relations Grant

Parks Event Grant

Sports Event Grant

Support for Sport: Large Development Grant

Support for Sport: Small Development Grant

Support for Sport: Hospitality Grant

Support for Sport: Sporting Individuals Grant

Community Development Summer Scheme Grant

Community Activity: Medium Grant

Community Activity: Micro Grant


These 30 minute information session will give clubs additional information on the grants available, how to achieve support for your projects, the application process and an opportunity to ask questions at the end. These grants are available for clubs and groups operating in the Belfast City Council area only. Please note that clubs or groups must be training from a Belfast City Council area address however, for individual grants, the individual can be residing in the Belfast area.


Please note, that 30 minute slots are available per club/group and can be booked on a first come, first served basis.

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Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer Training

The Designated Officer Workshop aims to support those undertaking the role of Designated Safeguarding Children’s Officer in sports clubs including creating an awareness of key legislation and good practice, how to respond in a range of situations of concern and how to develop the standards of safeguarding within a club environment.

The online/virtual workshop takes place over 2 evenings incorporating 2 x 1.5 hour sessions. Both sessions need to be undertaken in order to complete the workshop.

Cost: £15

Dates: Monday 30th January & Tuesday 31st January

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Venue: Online (via Zoom)

Registration Link


How to Attract & Retain Club Members

Content: This module highlights trends in sports club membership, how a club might develop membership ‘insight’, & considers how behavior change concepts & practical steps may help to attract new members to your club, & retain existing club members for longer.

Format: This module is in the format of a single 2 hour workshop which can be facilitated either via Zoom or in a face-to-face context. Pre & post learning tasks are included for the purposes or introduction & reflection.

Supporting your Club Workforce

Content: This module supports clubs & coach/volunteer coordinators to consider how coaches & volunteers can be effectively recruited, supported, developed, & retained, as well as highlighting key considerations for coach/volunteer wellbeing.

Format: This module is a single 2-2.5 hour workshop which can be delivered via Zoom or face-to- face. Introductory & reflective tasks are included as part of the module.

Simple Steps to Create a Club Development Plan

Content: This module highlights the importance of club planning & provides information on the simple steps that a club can take to create their own development plan, including creating a vision, objectives & actions, as well as who to involve.

Format: This module is in the format of a single 2 hour workshop which can be facilitated either via Zoom or in a face-to-face context. A pre learning task is included as well as digital workshop resources.

Developing Club Culture

Content: This module considers the impact of ‘culture’ in your club or team environment. Content will focus on how you might identify the key elements of existing culture, steps that can assist to evolve club or team culture, & important considerations when leading change.

Format: This module is in the format of a single 2 hour workshop which can be facilitated either via Zoom or in a face-to-face context. Pre & post learning tasks are included for the purposes or introduction & reflection.


To arrange a workshop for your club, express your interest in any of the above workshops or for further details on any of the workshops, please contact Eilish Ward, Development Manager on or +44 (0)7917 901971. All workshops are available free of charge as part of Athletics NI Club Registration.