Our strategic objectives

To develop a high quality and pro-active voluntary sector for the benefit of the
residents of the Dudley Borough by positively engaging partners in support of
voluntary activity



 Amendments to the Community Amateur Sports Club(CASC) scheme

Following extensive consultation tax relief rules applying to local grassroots sports clubs have been extended so that more clubs will benefit from new tax concessions. The CASC scheme was introduced in 2002 to give amateur sports clubs some of the tax benefits available to charities. When the scheme was introduced sports clubs were not considered to be eligible for charitable status, although this changed shortly afterwards. Sports clubs can now choose between charitable and CASC status.

The principal tax reliefs available to CASCs are:

  1. business rates relief;
  2. relief from corporation tax on certain types of income and gains;
  3. Gift Aid relief on donations of money by individuals.

The amendments made to the scheme will:

  • Introduce new cap on membership costs - clubs won’t be able to charge a membership fee of more than £31 per week and obtain tax relief.
  • Increase the amounts that can be earned tax free from club bars, cafes and venue hire before paying corporation tax –up to £50,000 from trading income (increased from £30,000) and £30,000 from rental income (increased from £20,000).
  • As well as these increased reliefs clubs will also be able to claim gift aid on individual donations and will be exempt from 80% of business rates.
  • Expand scope for clubs to support promising players through paying them a wider range of expenses.
  • Allow businesses to donate to sports clubs tax free for the first time offsetting their donation against their corporation tax bill to encourage larger donations.

These changes will mean that over 40,000 more clubs have the potential to benefit from these new rules, and this will provide greater opportunity for more people to participate in their local sports team.

See website www.gov.uk/government/consultations/community-amateur-sports-clubs-casc-scheme for more information, details of consultation and various documents.

Evidence on the benefits of sport and recreation

If you’re looking to make a case to a funder or backer about the benefits of sport and recreation, take a look at the updated facts and figures resource built by the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

Split into thirteen categories, from the economy and health to facilities and school sport, the resource now contains more than 180 facts – all with references to their original publications – available for free in a downloadable PDF.

Evidence includes:

  • A 12-week study with 243 schoolchildren aged 9 and 10 found that daily ten minute physical activity breaks significantly increased on-task behaviour by 8% on average.
  • The long-term annual health costs associated with treating each obese child growing up to be an obese adult are £585-£683 per child.
  • 38% of people believe that the government’s main priority for sport funding should be targeted at using sport to reduce crime and improve education.
  • The provision of green space for physical activity could save 1,063 lives a year.

To view the resource of for more information, visit: www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/21-01-2014/even-more-facts-and-figures-help-you-make-case-sport-and-recreation#sthash.yyMbMlmx.dpuf

A guide to help you reach the community

The Sports Marketing Network has produced a guide to help sports clubs hold great open days that build relationships with your local community.

Whether you want to throw your doors open to increase your membership or engage with your neighbours, the guide will help you to hold a ‘really open open day’. The guide covers planning your open day, special guests, safety, promotion and follow up.

You can download a copy of the guide from the Sports Marketing Network website: www.smnuk.org/#/thoughts-tools-to-dos/4533746817


Inspired Coaches

The new Inspired Coaches Bursary Scheme (replacing the Coach Bursary Scheme) aims to assist increasing capacity within Black Country sports clubs providing more coaches and coached hours for people aged 14+. Funding up to £1,000 per club (maximum 60% of the cost of the coaching qualification) is available to support coaches wishing to gain Level 1, 2 or 3 qualifications.

Round 2 will open in April 2014 and you will be able to cover the costs of courses that have taken place from 6th December, as well as those that are due to take place in the future.

For more information, contact Laura Whitehead:

Tel:01384 471135


Website: www.blackcountrybeactive.co.uk/get-involved/inspired_coaches


BUCS Community Hub Club Programme

British Universities and College Sports (BUCS) has announced that it is working in partnership with the Football Association and British Colleges Sport (BCS) to offer grants up £2,500 to enable football clubs gain access to sports facilities on college and university sites. Education sites deliver a valuable supply of facilities for developing and delivering sport - 76% of sports halls and 73% of artificial grass pitches in England are located on education sites. Funding must be used towards the setting up of partnerships between educational establishments (including schools) and groups of people with a common interest in developing football opportunities for children and young people in their local communities. 

Deadline: 3rd March 2014.

For more information, contact Oliver Sale (BUCS Football Development Manager): Tel:0207 633 5080. Email: oliver.selfe@bucs.org.uk  

Website: www.bucs.org.uk/page.asp?section=17005&sectionTitle=BUCS+Community+Hub+Club+Programme


Be Inspired Girls’ Football Fund

Grants of up to £3,000 to increase participation amongst 14-25 year old females and increase the number of active female roles models in the girls’ game.

Match funding: Applicants are encouraged to seek additional partnership funding to support the delivery of the project. Where additional funding is secured a support letter from the funding partner will need to be submitted with the application.

What can the funding be used for?

Funding can be used towards a range of development areas including:

  • FA Coach Education or Leadership Courses;
  • Football equipment i.e. goals, training equipment, first aid.
  • Promotional materials to launch new activity (Be inspired logo provided); i.e. flyers/posters
  • Developing mentoring programmes for females;
  • Taster sessions by FA qualified coaches;
  • Promotional events to kick start the project;
  • Staff costs
  • Facility hire

What you cannot apply for

  • Kit or trophies. If developing a new team refer to the Football Foundation.
  • Transport costs unless for a one off event.

Deadline: March

Application form and guidance: Can be downloaded from: www.thefa.com/~/media/files/pdf/the-fa-2013-14/be-inspired-application-form.ashx

Email: be.inspired@thefa.com


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Telephone : 01384 573381 Visit our office at : 7 Albion Street, Brierley Hill, Dudley, West Midlands DY5 3EE

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