Chance To Shine Leading The Way

With the first – albeit ill-timed – Test Match having been played at Lords in September a few weeks back, Cricket is a sport looking to appeal to the masses again.

The tinkering with day/night matches, more One Day Internationals, and, plenty more T20 Cricket. At the elite level, it seems to be capturing the imagination and hearts of the people once more.

Chance To Shine Leading The Way

In the most important of stages where young children are introduced to the sport of Cricket and then progressed into joining amateur/local clubs, Chance To Shine have really led the way. Their work with Primary and Secondary school sees cricket introduced as part of the Physical Education schedule at said schools.

Once they’ve had the children introduced to the sport, the hope from Chance To Shine Headquarters is that the children will then progress to playing cricket outside of school. They help here too, providing a perfect transition to local clubs they also hold a rapport and partnership with in order to then get children playing competitive cricket on a grander scale.

Transition To Club Level Cricket

But, just how well is that transitional phase going? Well, last year saw 20,000 children go from school cricket to playing for their local club via Chance To shine, while since the initiative’s inception in 2005 there have been a huge 150,000 children who have made that transition to club cricket.

If those numbers weren’t good enough end-goals, then how about this…in a survey of children who were part of the campaign through their school, when asked who their favourite cricketer was, 42% of them said it was their Chance To Shine coach. If that doesn’t get you, then, you have no soul.

With this initiative doing so well, there are going to be boundless local cricket clubs who have influxes of players joining them. Whilst this is brilliant for the clubs around the country, it will also be putting more stress on the coaches of the respective clubs.

How? Because more members means more admin work. Ah…Yes, the dreaded paperwork and admin tasks that come with running any sporting club are often the achilles heel of many coaches.

Why? Because it’s a hurdle to overcome, rather than something they want to be ‘wasting’ their time doing. Which is perfectly fine, because we can help! We can take the stress out of all those club admin tasks with our Cricket club membership software,

If your club is under 2,000 members, you’ll also get to sign up and utilise our software…for FREE!

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The Wonder Of Wallsend Football Club

A world famous boys club shining a light for youngsters

There is a football club on Tyneside famous the world over for producing footballing stars. Alan Shearer, Steve Bruce, Lee Clark, Peter Beardsley and Steve Watson are prime examples. In total, more than 80 ex members have gone on to make their name in the professional game.

Wallsend Boys Club isn’t just about the beautiful game – it also offers young people the chance to achieve their potential through a range of activities and opportunities. Football of course, still dominates, but the entire organisation and ethos is geared up to helping youngsters develop their football skills, raise their aspirations, and become a great role model in their community and beyond.

The All-Inclusive Football Club

Everyone involved here in a support or supervisory role values and teaches young people the skills, respect and discipline, needed to become positive contributing members of society. Giving them a sense of pride, raising their self esteem and a sense of belonging to something special.

Producing top footballers runs parallel with producing good citizens. They have an incredible 30 teams ranging from those as young as three-years-old, to those over 40, all including girls, boys, men and women. All inclusive really does mean what it says in this homely part of the north east.

The people involved here offer members a sense of belonging, in a community constantly growing and thriving. Members often travel the length and breadth of the country, with some teams even venturing abroad.

The club has a fascinating and colourful history, spanning 109 years. Founded by the Swan Hunter Shipbuilders in 1904 on Station Road, Wallsend, to help educate apprentices and develop their physical, mental and spiritual capacity, it has remained a gem in the Newcastle Upon Tyne crown. Few boys club’s have been subject to the book treatment, but their own history is now on sale across the world.

“The mission statement of this club is to produce good citizens,” says chairman Steve Dale. The fact that many of those good citizens happen to be good footballers has been a phenomenal by-product.”

A Friendly & Safe Environment

The club regularly hosts open trials though no-one is turned away from what is a friendly and safe setup for every youngster. The truth is no-one here sets out to create footballing stars – they don’t turn away those with limited levels of ability. Instead, they do encourage the fun aspect of football and fully realise that keeping youngsters healthy and well balanced is most important. Such is the reputation of the club, parents bring youngsters from miles away.

Dale adds: “One of our former players summed it up recently when he said the reason Wallsend Boys Club deserves all the support it can muster is not so it can single-mindedly churn out professional footballers. More importantly, it touches the local community, it brings young boys and girls out ready to face the world positively and it improves their lives and those of their families in the process.”

The club colours worn here are based on the Brazil strip – a testament to producing individuals who play the game in the right way – there’s no kick and rush here.

These-days, though football plays a large part, an impressive range of activities are organised from this special place, including kayaking and days out across the region and beyond.  Youngsters are urged to challenge themselves, while having fun at the same time.

The fact three and four-year-olds are scoring goals here, is proof it’s never to early to start enjoying some sporting adventures. Fresh air takes on a brand new meaning, and there’s little doubt this is one area of life where everyone’s a winner. The wonder of Wallsend  goes on and on.

If you are spending more time on club administration than you are coaching football, then book a free consultation with PaySubsOnline
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Tennis For Kids Initiative Returns For Second Year

Wimbledon is on and with it will surely come a spike of interest and participation in the sport. It’s also the perfect time of year to capitalise on young people’s interest in the sport and to keep them interested, rather than switching off as soon as the action leaves SW19. So, who is doing this?

LTA initiative, Tennis For Kids is, and to a good standard too. After the success of this particular programme last year, it has returned in the hope of being bigger and better. In 2016 Tennis For Kids introduced 13,200 children to the sport, the target now is to reach 20,000 5-8 year olds who have never played the sport before.

What Is The Tennis For Kids Initiative All About?

The aim is to put (mini!) tennis rackets in the hands of children, capture their interest and keep them invested in the sport. They each receive a free racket as well as a free six-week course from a qualified tennis coach. After this six-week course, they will then be offered a further discounted course or a discounted annual membership to the participating venue. This is the most important part of the programme.

The numbers coming from the programme off of the back of the 2016 campaign are staggering. Due to these numbers, this year Tennis For Kids has just shy of 1,000 coaches signed up to deliver the programme across the country. You can see that the LTA are slowly, but surely, investing a lot of resources into this in an attempt to really get the sport appreciated and loved by younger potential stars of the sport.

Delivering Tennis Thrills And Spills!

It’s not low-level thrills either. The coaches delivering the content are required to hold a minimum of a Level 2 Coaching Qualification (or equivalent), so the course can deliver impressive content for those signed up. This is highlighted by the fact that in 2016 the programme saw the numbers of people retained at just shy of 50%.

Whether that was people utilising the discounted annual membership, or further discounted training, a retention rate just shy of 50% is remarkable. This stat is where the most effort and praise must go to those involved with Tennis For Kids, and the LTA.

Retention is the keyword here and no doubt will be for the 2017 programme.

If they can deliver retention percentages akin to those of last year, at the minimum, the programme has to be seen as one of the most successful for British tennis. If it does that, or betters those numbers, then the LTA would have no choice but to invest even more in the programme for 2018.

Although the course has been fully signed up for 2017, do not forget about Tennis For Kids. It will return in 2018, and with the successes of 2016 and the improvements made for this year, you can only expect improved numbers. At the very least, this is going to lead to more young children playing the sport – which in itself is a brilliant thing.

Who knows, they could well end up unearthing a next potential British Tennis star if they keep this up!

If you are spending more time on club administration than you are coaching tennis, then book a free consultation with PaySubsOnline today and discover how our Tennis club management software can help reduce your admin and member management.

Why Junior Rugby Union Is Thriving In Doncaster

They say junior rugby union is a wonderful sport for children. And certainly, there’s a long list of potential benefits surrounding the activity. Without question it’s character forming, it exercises lots of muscles in the body, it can teach the ethics of team building, and help build those all important social relationships.

And of course, the discipline aspect can be so rewarding over the longer term.

There’s currently a great drive towards a range of initiatives aimed at getting youngsters involved in the sport. Clubs up and down the UK are committed to running colts and junior teams, both to help the community and of course to spot future stars of the game.

Bringing In Core Values At The Junior Rugby Union Level

Doncaster Rugby Football Club are a leading of example of just how to approach the involvement of colts. Their mini-junior section closely adheres to Rugby Union’s Core Values. This involves players, coaches, spectators and volunteers and includes teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

This dynamic yet homely Yorkshire club believes these values will help youngsters in their general lives both on and off the pitch. But it’s so refreshing to see a number of aims laid down in a solid framework.

They believe everyone should play to win – but not at all costs. They preach the virtues of winning with dignity and losing with good grace.  Observing the laws and regulations of the sport are openly encouraged along with respecting opponents, referees and participants.

Then there’s the importance of rejecting cheating, racism, violence and drugs. Valuing volunteers and paid officials is also taken very seriously. And of course the overriding thing, is to enjoy every aspect of the game.

Chairman Tony Houlihan says: “With a full fixture programme and a full programmed of social events coming up, we would be delighted to see our new players and their parents and families fully involved. We are always glad to have help, so please talk about volunteer roles with our volunteer coordinator, coaches, managers or myself.”

Being At The Centre Of The Community

As a club, Doncaster lies right at the heart of the community with links to local schools and other local bodies. This strategy has paid big dividends with a number of players progressing through the age levels into their senior teams.

It also means players stay involved throughout their days at school and well beyond. In essence, everyone remains a valuable part of the rugby family. Wonderful friendships are forged this way and it’s clear many of those will be life long.

As you might expect, there are also lots of takers in terms of opportunities, which is why registration is an exceptionally busy time. The club is dedicated to creating the safest of environments for their young players and parents can rest assured nothing less than the highest of standards are tolerated here.

An Expanding Community Programme

It’s little wonder Doncaster Knights are proud of their overall community programme, and the speed of its expansion. The club now has a staggering 500 participants in their junior rugby union teams ranging from six to 19-year-olds.

Active in both schools and colleges, their qualified coaches and players are often seen at sessions and events. Of course, this is just one club setting a superb example – but there are many more throughout Britain, trying to get our young people engaged in an activity that will also help in forming vital life skills.

England Rugby says: “TOP Play is a Youth Sport Trust initiative aiming to increase sports participation in primary schools. There are a number of features:

  • TOP Play provides training and equipment to primary school teachers and helps everyone who is involved in teaching core skills and fun sports to children aged 4-9 years old
  • BT TOP Sport is aimed at teachers introducing sports and games to children 7-11 years old, and also provides training and equipment
  • TOP Sport Rugby can now be delivered in the community – if you have a venue which is suitable and have willing coaches, contact your local authority or local RDO to check whether your club can become part of the scheme. If eligible, your club could benefit from training for your coaches, new bags of equipment and potential new mini members

Your first point of contact for all matters relating to junior rugby union and youth development should be your local Rugby Development Officer (RDO).

The future of rugby it would seem, is in safe hands – especially in Doncaster.

Whether you are coaching at a junior or senior level, book a free consultation with us and discover how our rugby club management software can help you improve your administrative systems and free up more time for coaching.


Strictly Come Dancing 2017: The Rumoured Line-up

We know we’re getting ahead of ourselves here, but it’s hard not to look forward (we mean, really, really look forward) to the start of Strictly Come Dancing 2017!

Everyone here at PaySubsOnline loves the show. We provide dance admin software for many organisations, and we know this is a perennial favourite with so many clubs. How could it not be? The show has been entertaining, amusing and educating people for some years now – and it’s done no small advertising job for the benefits of dance. Face it, how many people have signed up to join a dance club or organisation every year, thanks to the encouragement of Darcey Bussell, Len Goodman (Shirley Ballas replaces him this year), Bruno Tonioli and even the dastardly Craig Revel Horwood…

There are always all sorts of rumours about who might be joining the show in a particular year. Unlike a lot of other celebrity reality TV shows, you will have heard of the Strictly Come Dancing contestants. When you watch the show, it feels like the audience goes on the journey with the contestants – from clumsy, awkward non-dancer to someone who is graceful and accomplished.

Some of the names put forward for 2017 include The Only Way is Essex star Lydia Bright, and former X Factor and now successful TV presenter, Rylan Clark Neal, who will dazzle us all with his teeth, if nothing else. Matt Goss was confirmed by The Sun as one of the 2017 dancers-to-be.

Wayne Bridge, the footballer, might also be in there – fitting, as his wife Frankie of the girl group The Saturdays did the show in 2014 and was a runner-up.

Another rumour is that Dame Joan Collins has been in talks with the BBC about going on the show. Please let this be true. The good dame may well be in her 80s (and if she did go on the show, she’d the oldest contestant), but apparently, she can still do the splits. We can think of no-one better we’d like to see on Strictly Come Dancing. Can you imagine what she would say to Craig Revel Horwood if he tried out any of his usual caustic comments?! Bring it on…

As we stated, Strictly Come Dancing has been responsible for a surge in the numbers of people wanting to learn to dance. Dance clubs around the country usually see an increase in membership inquiries once the show is on, and particularly in January when people think about a fun way to keep fit, while also learning a new skill at the same time.

And that’s where PaySubsOnline comes in. We specialise in sports and membership admin software. It takes massive amounts of time and effort to run a dance club, so the easiest way to do it is to use something that will take away the administrative burden of running a club. Our software is free for clubs that have less than 2,000 members.

How it works is that a small fee is deducted every time someone pays online – and you will more than make up for this in increased and retained members. We can also help you with fundraising for your club. Perhaps you’ll be able to organise a trip for your dance club members where they go to see the live events when the show tours in January?

Why not prepare for the advent of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 with the dance admin software that will allow you to make the most of the interest in dancing that inevitably results? Give us a call on +44 (0)1892 771 276 to find out more about how we can help you maximise your memberships.

The 15th series of Strictly Come Dancing starts on BBC One in September.

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Club Management – How To Manage Price Increases

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Price increases, sadly, are an inevitable part of running a club. Inflation, running costs, low member numbers, large or unexpected outlays, are all factors when it comes setting club fees, and will continue to impact the figure set.

It goes without saying that the fees you charge need to cover your club outgoings and expenses, all of which can rise without warning at any time. And an important part of your club management is the ability to cope with price hikes.

The aim of this post is to help you manage price increases and how to communicate an increase to your members.

New Membership Software For The New Year?

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Hopefully by now your festive hangovers have cleared and you are ready to implement all those new year resolutions you made. The start of a new year is often a good time to reflect on where things can be improved. Not just personally, but professionally as well. The same is true of your club or member organisation.

For many organisations, the new year begins with a raft of resolutions such as increasing member numbers, retaining existing ones and raising funds. Two key areas most will want to improve are administration and payment collections. Both of which can often be achieved through the adoption of membership software.

In this post we will look at why implementing such software should be top of your list and how it can help you better manage your membership.

Monitoring Member Satisfaction with Club Software

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In a previous post we discussed the importance of understanding member acquisition and retention. Some of that discussion revolved around the idea that it’s easier (and potentially less costly) to retain a satisfied member than it is to retain a dis-satisfied member. That being understood, we’re sure you’ll also see why it’s vital to satisfy a member over the entire course of their membership and not just make an attempt at satisfying them at the point of renewal (which can often appear as a cynical attempt to continue taking their money rather than to provide them with the service they’re looking for).

Avoid Member Record Errors With Online Club Management Software

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Do you find keeping your membership records up-to date a challenge? Traditional club management software, such as spreadsheets and desktop databases, can provide way too much scope for errors and mis-entries. Missing info, spelling mistakes and outdated records are just some of the frustrations faced from trying to manage member information manually.

In this post we will explore how moving to an all-round online system to manage your membership records can help improve not only member records, but communications and club finances as well.

Online Club Management: Are You Making The Most Of Your Club Website?

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How’s your club website looking these days? Are you still running the free site you threw-up several years ago? Have you even looked at it lately? While it seems you have-to-have a website for your club these days, are you really making the most of it?

In today’s post we will look at the value of having a club website and how it can help your club management, as well as aid member recruitment, communications and retention.