Helping hand for local sports clubs

Published Monday 25 July 2016

Nearly 20 local sports clubs attended an event aiming to help them develop as well as seek funding for the year ahead.

Prize handover

The Sports Club Forum, held at the Harborough Innovation Centre and organised by Active Harborough District (the local sports alliance), saw sports clubs come together to hear about successes of the last year, what next year’s priorities will be, and how clubs can get further help and support.


It was the second time the Sports Forum has been held in the district.


Those attending heard more about ‘Club Matters’, the Learning South Leicestershire School Sports Partnership, and making sessions more accessible to people with disabilities.


Clubs were also introduced to a new Sports Club Development Plan initiative which helps clubs work through where they currently are as a club and where they would like to be. Harborough District Council’s sports team is offering to come out to clubs to help them make use of this.


As well as this, the Forum saw a free prize draw with Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club winning £100 towards the club.


Robert Holland, of Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club, said "The Tennis Club was highly delighted to win. The money will help us to continue to promote tennis to the communities of both Great Bowden and Market Harborough."


Cllr Rosita Page, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for health and well-being, said: “I am pleased that, by working with others, we are able to bring together sports groups in the locality and help them develop, grow and, if required, seek the funding to enable them to do that.”


To find out more about the Sports Forum, or how your club could benefit from help and support, contact


Pictured: Emma Andrew, sport development officer at Harborough District Council presents Joan Barrett from Market Harborough Lawn Tennis Club with the prize