A few years ago some young people near where I live were causing a bit of mischief. It reminded me how teenagers can easily lose their way if there’s a lack of ‘stuff to do’. All they needed was a fun and safe place to go to channel their energies more positively. That’s when I set up the youth club.
It was hard work getting started, but it was all worth it when we had 40-50 teenagers taking part in our packed programme of activities. Even though I worked with youth services and education, it was still very tough navigating the multitude of obstacles to get our club off the ground, and don’t get me started on the endless red tape!
The club was a resounding success. As it went from strength to strength a lot of people, including community leaders from around the country from a variety of different interests and activities, asked me for advice, and the idea of RunAClub emerged.
With our hands-on experience and professional expertise, we developed an ‘all-in-one’ toolkit for individual clubs, Youth Bodies, National Governing Bodies of Sport, Local Authorities, Voluntary Networks or Charities who want to create successful clubs of any kind, that meet local community needs.
RunAClub is the definitive toolkit I wish I’d had before I started.
The other good news is that the youth club I set up is still thriving. Some of the young people became club volunteers and others have gone on to study or start their working life.
I’d like to think RunAClub will inspire others to do what I did. I passionately believe it’s the best tool of its kind on the market for any activity, any age, any community. With all that it offers, you’ll fly through the red tape and be able to focus on running your club, which is, after all, the best bit.
Sally Higham, RunAClub Founder, and CEO