If you want to meet new people and get a little more involved in the community around you, then a great way to do so is to start a local sports group. Regardless of the sport or how many people turn up, it will help you feel a little more like you are part of the community – and that’s an amazing feeling indeed! Plus, organizing a sports team is fairly easily to do, provided you know the basics first. That’s why we’re here today – to make sure you’ve got the tools to create an awesome athletic group! Below are things you’ll want to consider:
Choose Your Sport
This first point may seem obvious, but it still requires a mention here as it’s very important. For your local sports group to be a success, you must choose an athletic activity that you enjoy. That’s first and foremost.
Knowing the sport is going to be an essential first step in making sure that you are confident in running it. So, we urge you to choose the one you already know the rules for, are comfortable playing, and like doing! After all, you’ll be putting a lot of energy and time into this initiative, so it’s best that you actually like doing it. Plus, it’ll be easier to start a local sports team if you already know a lot about the activity versus one that’s new to you.
Furthermore, if you choose a popular game, you can easily find the right resources for it. Getting hold of a baseball lineup card, for instance, or the equipment necessary to play the sport itself. Once you choose the sport, you will also know what kind of people are likely to want to come and play with you.
Find a Venue
Next, you will need to find some kind of a venue to run the sports group. Unfortunately, it might surprise you how hard this step can be to do. Therefore, start asap scoping out places for your group to meet for practices, whether it’s indoors or outdoors.
Usually, you will need to pay a small fee to use the area. But that payment is likely to be worthwhile if it means meeting some like-minded people in the community, so it’s worth some consideration. Once you decide on a venue, you can then get to work on one of the most important first steps of all.
Advertise about Your Local Sports Group
There are many ways to advertise your sports group, including:
- Post an ad in the local newspaper
- Contact your city’s radio station for a shout out
- Tell friends and family – encourage them to spread the word too!
- Create posts on social media networks
Obviously, you cannot reasonably expect people to come if you don’t spread the word about the team’s existence. So, you will need to find a way to get word out there as soon as possible.
What are some other steps to take to start a local sports group? If you were to start one, what athletic activity would you choose?