School Club Links

School Club Links

Establishing links between schools & clubs

School club links create opportunity in your community

 Establishing links between schools & clubs brings local communities together.

Most communities do not know what clubs are in their area - so working with local schools is a great way to ensure that children & young people in your area know about opportunities to participate at your club.

School Club Links encourage young people to take part in sporting and physical activity. It allows youngsters to try out new sports and feel comfortable in a club setting, making them more likely to continue participating in sport once they leave school.

FA Charter Standard Clubs all have to form a link with a school as part of the process of securing their Charter Standard status too.

For a school looking to develop your community links, this is a great place to start!

SCL - Club Benefits

Club Benefits

Local club looking for more players in your area? Learn more about the benefits of links with your local schools, including:

  • Increased participation in the club
  • Increased potential to recruit new volunteers
  • Raised profile within the community
  • Opening up club access to wider community
  • Opportunity to share facilities and equipment
SCL - School Benefits

School Benefits

Local school looking to develop community links? Find out how links with your local club can inspire young people to get involved in sport, resulting in:

  • More active and healthier pupils
  • Raised profile within the community
  • Increased funding opportunities
  • Community Links – social benefits
  • Pathways for sport – easy exit routes for children into on-going involvement
Youth Player Benefits

Youth Player Benefits

What do strong school club links mean for young players in your local area?

  • Improved opportunities to access sport in the local community
  • Opportunity for talent to be identified and nurtured
  • Wider range of sporting opportunities
  • Move easily between safe and familiar environment of school and club
  • Understand how experiences in school and at the club complement each other

A School Club link is an agreement between a school and a community-based sports club to work together to meet the needs of young people; providing new and varied opportunities for sport and physical activity.

School club links aim to create as many opportunities for young people to compete inside and outside of school, and should be beneficial to both organisations. Most communities do not know what clubs are in their area and so personal contact is the best way to promote your club – posters are not enough! Creating a partnership with your local schools by getting in contacting with them, discussing your shared aims and deciding how best to work together can have a positive impact on getting more young people playing the game.

Please try and contact the school via the contact information that they display on their respective websites, or speak to school reception about the best person to speak to. If you are unable to make contact, please contact Suffolk FA for more help.

Ideally your targeted club will have Charter Standard (Club Mark) if the club does not have Charter Standard please contact Suffolk FA for advice on how to proceed. Coaches involved in the link must be suitably qualified and should be observed by a member of school staff, they should also have an in date Criminal Records Check (CRC). The school will need to assure itself that the club it is linking to is well managed.

The English Federation of Disability Sport has recently launched a new resource entitled: The Inclusion Club Hub. For more information please visit

Suffolk FA can help to facilitate clubs setting up school club links through the School Games Organiser network. We can also support clubs to ensure that coaches have the necessary qualifications and checks to deliver in a school setting.


 Get in Touch

Matt Stebbings - Suffolk FA Football Development Manager

01449 616606 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) / 07432 735961


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