Advice for new clubs

Starting A Kettlebell Club

There are two common ways of setting up a new sports club:

The most popular format is a club within and part of an established fitness business. The business may charge a membership fee and you use their facilities.

The other type of club is a not for profit club for the team members. Hull Kettlebell Club runs in this way. This is a good way to develop a sport lifting club without forcing other kettlebell clients down a sport lifting route. Subscriptions could be used to fund travel and accommodation as this can be expensive.

Here’s a guide of things to consider,

1. You need interested people ready to show some commitment into getting involved in the sport. These can be friends, family, gym buddies or even clients if you already have a fitness business.

2. You need to be fairly proficient in all the sport lifts yourself. If you feel you need some help and assistance in brushing up your skills first get in touch with us at OKSE and we’ll find a way to help you. Courses are in the pipeline.

3. A big issue nowadays is making sure you’re properly insured. If you’re hiring premises even for an hour they will likely want to see you have public liability cover. You may also want to look a professional indemnity cover as well if you’re writing programs and giving advice.

4. You will need somewhere suitable to train. Not all gyms are chalk friendly and there is a lot of chalk!

5. You will need kettlebells. To get started maybe consider getting some lower weight kettlebells 8’s, 12’s, 16’s. Then encourage your lifters to buy their own. There is only so much you can do if you can only train once a week. You can easily get them lifting over a few weeks but progression will be slow. If you want to save a decent amount on high quality Kettlebells join OKSE and encourage your team members to join OKSE. Just £10/year gets you a discount on kettlebells from wolverson.

Growing A Kettlebell Club

Inducting new lifters in your 1 or 2 hours per week with the regular lifters can be challenging so you might want to offer an induction workshop. These can range from 3 hours to a whole day. Teach all three lifts but finish the session with a three minute test set in the one lift each participant was strongest in. For some its snatch, others it’s long cycle etc. This gives them a sense of achieving something at the end especially if they have got a bit stressed on some elements.
A good way to get a bit of an income for your club is to roll your induction session into an eight week beginners program with your own local competition at the end. Grassroots will help you run a small local competition.

After running a small program like this you will likely keep one or two lifters and incorporate them into your team.

Some areas offer grants for new sports e.g. Active Humber’s Sportivate program which can help you get up and going.

Hopefully this little write up will help you get off to a flying start but feel free to contact us at OKSE for any help and advice and we will try and help you in the best way we can.

Good luck and have fun!

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