30th May 2018

Club Conference and AGM venue announced

The England Handball club conference and AGM will take place on 24 June at The Teaching and Learning Building on the Clifton Campus of Nottingham Trent University - starting at 10.30.  

It will provide the opportunity for club representatives to come together with England Handball staff and Board members to discuss issues and consider solutions.  

Tracy Watkinson, Chair of England Handball, will talk about the work of the Board over the last 12months and its plans for the next year.  

We’re also delighted to welcome Svend Elkjaer, founder and Director of the Sports Marketing Network who will give a presentation on how to encourage more people into your clubs.  

Session Outline

  • More people at your handball club
  • More volunteers, more players  

If clubs are to increase the number of members and supporters they must become much more welcome and customer focused. The time has come for them to create exciting sport and exercise experiences. They must increase their focus on people's needs and wishes and get away from an internally-focused culture too often based on outdated views and attitudes.  

Too many clubs are relying on the same people to do too much and are, therefore, putting too much pressure on too few people. At the same time very few clubs make any concerted efforts to assess what skills they require and how to make themselves attractive to skilled and dedicated volunteers who can make a real difference. Hence, why the myth 'you can't get volunteers these days' becomes the accepted truism.  

To make it happen at your club, you'll need committed and skilled people. So how do you create an environment where good people from within your community want to be involved with your club and where they can make a real difference? Would a local change-maker feel welcome and valued at your club?  

You must develop a welcoming culture across the whole club so everybody who walks into the club feels like a guest in one's home - regardless of whether they are aspiring Olympians or recreational participants.  

This keynote presentation will cover how to create a welcoming club and grow your membership by listening to everybody who comes to your club - making sure you have conversations which help you determine what they really want.  

About Svend  

Holding a Masters in Business Administration, MBA, Svend founded the Sports Marketing Network (SMN) in 2005 for people involved with the commercial, community and marketing issues across all sports and physical activity; be it club, governing body, local authority or private sports deliverer.  

Over the last eight years, more than 4,000 sports providers have benefitted from SMN's services attending our workshops and presentations, being mentored or receiving consultancy. SMN has also advised, consulted and trained a number of organisations and public bodies including the RFU, FA, Cricket Scotland, Amateur Swimming Association, British Gymnastics, Sport Wales, Football Association Wales, England Golf, England Athletics, and sportscotland.  

End-of-Season Awards

The event will also see the presentation of the end of season awards.

We look forward to welcoming as many of our club reps as possible to the event.

Posted in Clubs, England Handball Association, East Midlands