Many clubs up and down the country run leagues during the course of the year. These can be both good sources of additional income for your club and new players at both a social and competitive level, but if you don’t know where to start check out these top tips from Nottingham Touch Club, which itself has its roots in the city’s league when players wanted to improve and experience national competition.
In no particular order:
Tip 1 – Get a great venue
The venue plays a massive part in making your league successful. Is it easy to find? Is there plenty of car parking? Are there secure changing facilities? Is it cost effective for your club to hire? Is there space for enough fields? While you may have a club base it does not hurt to shop around for your league venue
Tip 2 – Get female players involved
Sometimes easier said than done, but having female players involved will help you develop your mixed leagues and then single gender leagues as time goes on. Approach local rugby clubs, and other sports as well
Tip 3 – Target juniors early
Approach local rugby clubs to give their young players something to play in the summer/off season, and approach other local sports clubs as well. Then when you have juniors playing you can get their parents involved as well!
Tip 4 – Offer a variety of levels
If you can, offer leagues which are more appropriate for experience levels and leagues for single gender teams. Don’t be afraid of having barbarian-style teams for individuals to join; these can then evolve into more established groups as time goes by
Tip 5 – Consider all participants
Always run taster sessions for new teams and players, and focus on referees and coaches as well as players. And while we all know that players want to play, your experienced players can help by working hands-on with the less experienced teams to help them gain more game understanding and develop
Tip 6 – Link to other clubs, sports and companies in your area
Teams who enter your league can come from a variety of places – other rugby clubs, teams from other sports, or groups of friends from companies and social settings. Take some time to establish those links in person, whether through networking events, emails, picking up the phone and spending a little bit of cash on social media
Don’t be afraid to ask for more advice and help! England Touch’s team has a wealth of experience, and can also put you in contact with other clubs who have been where you have at the start of your league journey.
Touch is becoming increasingly popular across England, in many forms, with well over 25,000 registered players participating in both social and coached sessions in 2015 and over 150,000 hours attended.
Existing league partners are a big part of this success and will continue to be vital for introducing new players to the game. But the time is right for us to spread our reach and take our sport to more communities and sports clubs nationwide.
England Touch Leagues can help make the sport more accessible, more competitive and more sociable for all those who want to play.
An England Touch League is a partnership between England Touch as the national governing body and you, as the local competition organiser.
We provide you with the support and advice you need to establish and then manage your league effectively, and you will get all the benefits that come with a League Affiliation Membership, such as insurance; access to development days, education pathways, coursework, and specialist coaching days; promotion via the England Touch network; and advice and support regarding safeguarding, equality, inclusion and judiciary matters.
By investing in your area we will both benefit in terms of players, teams and income, and can grow your business and England Touch as a whole.
Getting started is simple!
MAKE CONTACT If you believe this opportunity is for you, register your interest by completing the online contact form, with no obligation
LET'S CHAT Having registered, we will contact you, at a mutually convenient time, to begin discussing if you feel this opportunity is definitely for you
REVIEW Once you’ve considered the concept, we will cover any questions you may have, send you the partnership agreement and begin to plan
LAUNCH The exciting part! You’ll receive software login and training along with the promotion and launch of your new league!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any specific questions!
To take on England Touch Leagues franchise you need to be enthusiastic, organised and excited by the idea of building a fun, exciting and competitive league. It’s likely that you’ll already be involved with a local sports club or have good knowledge of the local Touch and sport scene
For a customary primary set-up fee, you will be buying into the business and receive the following:
- The permission to operate under the England Touch League brand name
- Full technical and practical training
- Online access to England Touch League registration site inc access to players, fixtures, results and site management and central administrative support
- Turnkey package and easy administration
- Equipment: Banners, balls, cones, equipment bag, whistles and branded staff kit
- Insurance cover
- Affiliation to England Touch and access to our partners and sponsors deals too
- Marketing collateral – England Touch League branded banner/pop up
- Promotion of your programme(s) on the England Touch website
- Access to exclusive PR support package including templates and promo flyers
- Invite to celebration evening, including England Rugby Tickets
- National marketing and advertisement campaigns and support
- Dedicated webpage for your business inc central support for IT issues
- And much more!