Club Development Plan

A development plan is a good way for you to become a more effective and reliable club, and will potentially help you attract more members.

The plan outlines your club's vision and aims and addresses how you will achieve these over a specific period of time.  It should be a working document which is easy to read, simple, clear and concise. The plan will:

  • explain the type of club you are, what you offer and what you want to happen in the future
  • encourage a coordinated approach to development
  • enable better use of your resources
  • aid in the securing the future of the club 

Creating the Plan

To help you get started we have developed a club development plan template which you can amend to suit your club.

Here are some top tips for your plan:

  • Make it realistic- ask yourself "can we do this?"
  • Include several people in its development from the start- the plan is more likely to succeed this way
  • Obtain member buy in- ensure all your members' needs are accounted for so they can see how they will benefit 
  • Reference your plan- e.g. committee meetings. This will get further buy in and help you keep track of progress
  • Make amendments where needed- things don't always happen the way we think they will so make changes as you go along.

Developing the Plan

Collating your plan is based around three questions:

  1. Where are we now?
  2. Where do we want to be?
  3. How are we going to get there?

Using the Plan

It is important that your plan is a working document and is regularly reviewed and revised.  

There are a number of ways you can use your plan to support your club:

  • Supporting evidence for club accreditation
  • Identifying areas of rapid progress and areas that require greater assistance
  • A publicity tool to inform your local community and seek support from funding agencies
  • To review your progress and help you decide future plans.