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Looking for a Facility

There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking for a facility. So, to ensure you find just the right fit for your club, here are 12 points you should consider before signing on the dotted line:

  1. Ask local schools, churches, community centres if you can hire space? Or ask the local council about playing fields or parks? Universities, colleges and larger community clubs may be able to help too.
  2. If you’re looking for a behind the scenes headquarters, the Welsh Government Property Database provides information on office accommodation, industrial or warehouse space and commercial land.
  3. Is the facility the right size? Remember, there are recommended specifications for different sports and age groups. It’s worth checking with your National Governing Body!
  4. How much can you spend? You’ll need to generate enough income to cover the cost – so, check you’re being realistic.
  5. Location, location, location – are you too close to another club providing the same opportunities? Is it easy to get to on foot, by public transport or in the car?
  6. Is it accessible and suitable for disabled people? Does it have separate male and female changing facilities? Family changing rooms can also make attending your club easier for young families. Do you need to consider a prayer room? Check it meets the needs of your members and potential members.
  7. Does it have safe and secure storage for equipment?
  8. Do you have adequate insurance? Affiliation to a National Governing Body sometimes covers this, but you should always check.
  9. Check out the terms of use. Are you obliged to maintain the venue?
  10. Is the lease appropriate and fair?
  11. It is advisable to consult professional advisers in order to maximise recovery of VAT.
  12. If you are looking for somewhere that you have control over, does the facility lend itself to hiring out to local community groups or for parties, meetings, conferences or weddings?