Barriers to Increasing Capacity in Clubs - British Gymnastics

Barriers to Increasing Capacity in Clubs

We asked you ‘What are the barriers to increasing capacity for gymnastics clubs?’
146 clubs across the UK completed a survey in 2010 to tell us whether they wanted to grow their club, and if so, were there any barriers preventing them from doing so?
Key findings:
  • 60.3% of clubs said they had a waiting list
  • The average number of people on a waiting list was 35
  • 84.1% of clubs said they wanted to increase their membership and/or the number of sessions they delivered
  • 76.7% of clubs hire a facility; 15.8% lease their facility; and 8.9% own their facility
Facility ownership – If your club hires a facility, who owns it?Barriers to increasing capacity
The survey asked respondents ‘what are the main barriers to increasing capacity in your club?’ In other words what are the reasons for not being able to increase the number of sessions or increase the number of people being coached? Respondents were able to state the three most important barriers.
The most important barrier to increasing capacity was stated as ‘availability at venue’. Clubs reported that they are not able to get the time slots or additional time that they require within leisure centres or schools.
“We are unable to hire out the hall on other nights and at weekends, therefore are very limited in the sessions we can run”
“The school doesn’t want us to run more sessions”
“Unable to get decent times at the sports centre”
Most important barriers to increasing capacity:
1. Availability at venue
2. Not enough coaches
3. Lack of qualified or quality coaches
4. Lack of space
5. Volunteer coaches unable to give more time/work-life balance
Examples of how clubs had increased their capacity included partnership working, for example with schools, local authorities and County Sports Partnerships:
“We work in partnership with our local authority (sports development) to create a pathway from their recreational classes to our club. Our coaches work for the sports development team and have a good relationship with all kids and parents this therefore creates good links to increasing capacity”
“Set up partnerships with the sports colleges to deliver gymnastics in primary schools”
“We support Council Return and Reactivate schemes over holiday periods providing trampoline classes”
Other examples of how clubs had increased their capacity were: they trained coaches; recruited extra volunteers; hired extra space/used more venues; and used satellite clubs.