How to find sports opportunities in your area.

Written by Natalie Doyle

May 9, 2024

a person looking at a map with a pen and notepad, looking at the local area

One of the common complaints I hear from people wanting to get involved in sport is that they don’t know where to look to find local opportunities. So if you’re looking for a new sporting opportunities, here’s a step-by-step guide on where to start your search:

  1. National or Local Governing Bodies. This is always the best place to start. If you’re looking for a club (or even a more recreational opportunity that might be run by a club) the chances are that they’ve had affiliate with their National or Local Governing Body. For example, for football, this would be your local County Football Association, and for cricket, it would be your local County Cricket Club. For some, you’ll be able to do a postcode search on their website. If you can’t do this then you should be able to find their contact details so you can contact them and see what sessions they have on offer.
  2. Active Partnerships. Another place to look is your local Active Partnership. These organisations are multi-sport rather than sport specific, and they will have great knowledge of sport and physical activity in your area. They also might have a better knowledge of sports opportunities outside of clubs, which might be useful if you’re looking for something a bit more casual.
  3. Facebook groups. Although local Facebook groups can be filled with people asking when bin day is or complaining about some local disturbance, they can also be a great way to find out what is happening in the local area. You can use the search function to look for previous posts on your sport of choice, or just ask the question and see whether anyone knows of something running locally in the sport you’re looking for.
  4. Local facilities. Whenever I go into my local village hall or supermarket, there is a noticeboard crammed with information on different local groups. It’s always worth having a scan of these to see if anything jumps out at you. Visit the facilities where you think your sport might take place and see if they have a similar noticeboard, or speak to reception to see whether they have any information.
  5. Google. Well, Google (or the search engine of your choice) has the answers to most of our questions so of course I have to include it in the list! Just search for whatever sport you’re looking for and the name of your town or city and see what comes up. Even better, use the ‘near me’ function to get some localised results.

If none, of these work then please feel free to ask us. We have a strong network across the sporting industry and will probably be able to point you in the right direction to find what you’re looking for. Also, once you’ve found somewhere have a read of our blog on what to look for in a good club so you can make sure it’s the best fit for you.

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