Facts and Figures

Funded by Sport England, there are now 1000 DSCs operating across England in 85 different local authority areas, with another 52 clubs in Wales Community First Areas. DSCs are run by over 300 different organisations, including community organisations, local authorities, a handful of schools and further education colleges, professional sports clubs such as those in the Football League Trust and educational organisations, such as FE Colleges.

DSC Participant Breakdown

 Most DSCs make a multi-sport offer and the young participants have a say in which sports they take part in. Of the 1000 DSCs, 200 of these are CLUB1 initiatives which aim to give 14-25 year olds living in disadvantaged areas the opportunity to take part in ‘solo’ or ‘individual’ activities such as going to the gym, swimming, running and cycling.

The total number of individual participants (aged 14-25 years) who have been engaged in the programme since the launch is up to 47,391 (data up to end March 2015). In terms of participant profile, monitoring data from year 2 shows that: 

  • 85% of participants live in the 20% most deprived wards in England. Less than 5% come from wards outside the bottom 40% most deprived
  • 37% are aged 14-15 years, 47% are aged 16-19 years and 16% are aged 20-25 year olds
  • 28% are females
  • 32% are BME
  • 5% have a disability.

The DSCs have collectively generated over 420,000 attendances during Year 2. The programme generated over 191,000 attendances in Year 1.

Over 40 different activities are being provided. The 10 most popular sports are football, fitness, basketball, dance, table tennis, boxing, badminton, cricket, handball and tennis. 

Characteristics of Doorstep Sport Clubs

  • Doorstep Sport Clubs are based within a variety of settings including leisure centres; community/ youth centres; outdoor facilities such as MUGAs & synthetic pitches, parks and schools;
  • The format and content of DSCs are youth-led and shaped around the doorstep sport approach of ‘right time, right place, right price and most importantly right style’;
  • DSCs are encouraged to provide a multi-sport offer;
  • The coaches who run the clubs are special people - skilled in leading sport as well as in supporting young people to make the best of themselves. The coaches are local and know the communities they work in;
  • Sessions are fun, friendly, informal and engaging;
  • Participants are engaged via the use of direct engagement and promotion via word of mouth e.g. via outreach work, taster sessions and links into pre-existing friendship groups, schools/colleges and youth centres and the use of social media;
  • DSC hosts work in partnership with other community organisations;
  • Many clubs include ‘female only’ sessions to engage young women and girls into the programme.

Support provided to Doorstep Sport Clubs by StreetGames

StreetGames provides on-going support to the organisations running DSCs to support their activities, including the provision of:

  • Experienced practitioner support on a one-to-one basis, via our team of specialist Doorstep Sport Advisors
  • Access to training workshops
  • Support to create a richer, vibrant and varied sporting offer – via access to the StreetGames programme of festivals, pop up clubs and volunteer support
  • Access to a central data collection monitoring tool (using the Views system) plus new research and insight.

Key Areas of Focus for the Future

The next 12 months of the programme will focus on developing a number of key areas:

  • Supporting organisations to be able to deliver effective programmes for females
  • Further encouragement for DSC hosts to work collectively in clusters to aid planning and co-ordination
  • Supporting organisations to effectively plan for the future- roll out of the Development for a Purpose Tool
  • Further development and growth of the CLUB1 programme.

Mixed Gender Sessions

StreetGames has recently undertaken action research to gather learning from the DSC network in relation to providing mixed gender sessions.  This summary document provides some examples, learning and top tips from the network for providing successful mixed gender doorstep sport sessions.

view the mixed gender sessions summary

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