Become a Sported member

We help community groups survive to help young people thrive


groups across the UK part of the Sported network

At Sported, we offer FREE support and advice to almost 3000 grassroots sports groups in the UK who are improving the lives of young people facing disadvantage through the power of sport and physical activity.

We can help your group become more resilient, so you can continue to change lives in your community.

By becoming a member, you’ll join the growing Sported network where you can receive free support from our dedicated and knowledgeable team, connect with other group leaders, receive 1:1 bespoke support and more.

“The biggest impact and probably best thing that has ever happened for my organisation was joining the Sported network”

– Sported Member

If your organisation is not directly delivering activity to young people, but supports those who do deliver Sport for Development outcomes, you could become a Sported Network Associate.

Network Associates get similar FREE offers and benefits to Sported members but with more emphasis on the mutual benefits available by having access to the Sported network of almost 3000 grassroots organisations.

As a Sported member, you'll receive FREE support including...

Dedicated support from regional Sported staff

You’ll be assigned a knowledgeable Sported team local to you who are only a phone call or email away

Webinars and events

Learn more about what you need in place to ensure your group can survive and grow

Learning resources and templates

You’ll gain access to our member only website where how-to-guides, videos and templates are ready to download any time

1:1 from a Sported volunteer

Our team of brilliant Sported volunteers from professional backgrounds can help with more bespoke support

Finance and Fundraising support

Through our monthly funding e-bulletin, bespoke funding reports or funding application feedback, we can help you get funding ready

Networking opportunities

Connect, learn and seek advice from other group leaders who are just like you.

Apply now for free Sported membership

Apply using the forms below to become a Sported member or a Sported Network Associate, and our team will be in touch.

Please check the eligibility criteria before applying. If you’re not sure, email us at

Sported members

You are eligible for Sported membership if you:

·        Intentionally use sport / physical activity to improve the lives of young people OR need support to start doing this

·        Directly delivery regular sport/physical activity to young people aged 11 – 25

·        Are committed to Sport for Development outcomes over competition

·        Are a non-profit organisation OR were formed for the purpose of advancing social purpose over and above private gain

Sported Network Associates

If your organisation does not directly deliver sport/physical activity but support the delivery of this work in the sector, you could become a Sported Network Associate. 

Or, if you do deliver activity but are a:

  • Further Education Institution
  • Active Partnership
  • Local Authority
  • NGB
  • Statutory body
  • Trust/Foundation linked to a professional sports team
  • Leisure Centre operator or trust
  • Membership body where individual branches are not constituted seperately

Please note that

  • schools and colleges
  • uniformed organisations
  • groups who only deliver in school settings or that only deliver during the school holidays

are not eligible to be Sported members or Network Associates

“Having been operating in the London Borough of Barnet for over 30 years much of the support and training provided by Sported has been an integral part of our infrastructure and was fundamental in the club surviving the challenges created by the pandemic.”

– Sported Member

Read more about our work and the Sported network