Renfrewshire Leisure is always looking to support community organizations and improve the benefits for hub members. Whether you are new or well-established, you will find many things your organization can benefit from with Community Sport Hub membership this year!
Renfrewshire Leisure’s Sports Services Team operate from West Primary School in Paisley with professional staff in various roles across School Sport, Sport in the Community, Coaching and Volunteering, Supporting Elite Athletes, Developing Community Sport Hubs and Healthy Community Initiatives.
Hub membership also helps us demonstrate the growth of community sport and the significant work that clubs and partners are doing.
Community Sport Hub (CSH)
CSH’s are essentially a ‘home for sport’. Based across local facilities such as sports centres, community centres, the natural environment and/or schools, they bring people together to work and develop sport locally.
They will also provide information, support and advice on a wide range of sports and physical activities to make it easier for local people to get involved and engage in a more active and healthier lifestyle. The specifics of each CSH and what it offers will vary according to local need and local resource. However all Hubs will work to the following five principles:
- Growth in participation
- Engage the local community
- Promote community leadership
- Offer a range of sporting opportunities
- Bring all appropriate (key) partners/groups/people together
What do CSH’s aim to achieve?
CSH’s aim to achieve the following outcomes:
Providing the Pathway
- A welcome and safe place to take part in sport and physical activity
- A home where a range of local sports clubs can work together
- More opportunities to participate in sport and physical activity
Well Trained People
- Training and development of the people that make sport happen
- A social environment that engages members of the community
- An integrated approach from local partners
- Self sustainable sports clubs/organisations
- Genuine community engagement and leadership
- Integration with local facility planning and programming
- Improved access for local people and sports clubs at affordable prices
What will success look like?
There will be a variety of CSH models established that deliver clear and genuine community engagement and leadership. The difference CSH’s will make by 2018 will include the following:
- Better organised and connected local clubs and CSH’s
- Increased number of local people will be participating in sport within CSH’s
- Increased capacity within local sports clubs and the opportunities available to local communities
- Increased number and quality of deliverers
- Improved access to local facilities at an affordable price
To date the project in Renfrewshire has seen the development of five CSH’s:
- Linwood, Gryffe and Johnstone CSH
- Paisley East CSH
- Paisley West CSH
- Park Mains CSH
- Renfrew and Gallowhill CSH
We will continue to support CSH’s to focus on sustainable, community-led approaches that gets clubs working together to develop welcoming, safe and fun environments for sport.