Surrey Park Football Club (SPFC)
Building strong and connected communities is important for everyone. Local footy clubs provide an opportunity to bring people together, increase participation in sport, promote social connection and create a sense of belonging. Research tells us that all these elements protect children, young people and adults from social isolation, alcohol and other drug use and poor mental/physical health.
The 'Our Club': A Place for Everyone Initiative undertook a Club Engagement Survey in June 2020 to find out how Eastern Football Netball League (EFNL) clubs are keeping members, supporters and the community connected whilst football was on hold due to COVID-19 restrictions being in place.
Surrey Park Football Club (SPFC) undertook three main initiatives to keep members connected:
- Strava running competition for players, coaches and committee members
- SALT group counselling session for the Senior group (including coaches and committee)
- Commenced training at a whole of club level (when it was safe to do so) even though the season had been cancelled.
SPFC acknowledged it was difficult at times to keep everyone motivated without catching up at either group social events and/or during the competitive season, however all three main initiatives worked well to engage many of the clubs members.
The Club used Facebook, Instagram, the club website and a weekly e-newsletter to communicate with members and noted the need to use a variety of channels to inform the many different age groups across the club.
SPFC are currently exploring the possibility of engaging with local retirement villages to encourage residents to come and support the 'local team'. There could also be the opportunity for the residents to get involved in volunteering with the club, and this initiative would help foster greater social connection in the local community.
Club website: Surrey Park Football Club