Start your own club

If there isn’t a club that is local to you,  maybe you would be interested in starting your own!

It can be very exciting starting a new club but it is a lot of hard work and the administration aspect can be  quite daunting if you’ve not done it before. Club Management is a vital part of forming new clubs and the AFLCNE is here to help.

If this is a challenge you wish to take on we’d love to hear from you. Please email president@aflcne.com

Here are some key points to consider:

Facilities

Club are encouraged to form relationships with existing rugby clubs. This gives each Aussie Rules club access to a playing field and good facilities for players and supporters, including changing rooms, toilets, showers and a bar. Having such facilities is vital if Australian football is to grow and develop in the UK.

Getting people playing

Aussie Rules is a sport that can be quite alien to a lot of people.  Advertising and recruitment is vital to the success of any future club. As a league we can arrange for friendly/exhibition games in your area to help promote the game. Also with-in our league rules we allow for a set number of ‘ring-ins’  to play for existing teams so that players can get a taste for the game without the need to have a full playing squad when a club is just getting started.

Getting people involved from an administrative point of view & committee structure

Running the administrative affairs of a club can take up a lot of time and not everyone is cut out for it. Where possible spread the work load. At first it may be nothing official just who’s going to look after the money, the games, and recruiting. Over time though clubs should consider setting up a committee structure, voting in members, and having regular meetings.

Raising funds

The initial stages of starting a club such as buying balls and kit can be costly with little money coming in. Aim to keep costs to a minimum.  You may be eligible to receive a grant from AFL Europe.

Web Site / Email Account/Social Media

A professional looking and up to date web page will make your club look more attractive for potential members and sponsors. But it require time and money and will need to be kept regularly unto date.  Facebook pages/groups as well as twitter etc represent a low cost way of starting up and a good way to interact with potential members.  A club email account gives the club an appearance of professionalism when interacting with external organisations.  (e.g. venues for ground hire)

Branding

Branding is a way of advertising your club. It is important to create a “brand” including your club logo, club banner for the web page, and colours then use it for everything. All correspondence letters should include the club logo and contact details.

Constitution

It is good practice to develop a constitution for your club. There are copies on this website that can be used as a reference but basically it should outline the governing rules of your club. To be eligible for some grants you will need to have a constitution

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