Sports development

Sports development

It is important to try to work towards being physically active for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week. This can include active lifestyle changes, for example: walking the dog, gardening, using the gym.

East Hampshire’s Sport and Active Lifestyles team aims to create sporting habits for life. It is up to us to make it easy for residents to be active.

EHDC owns three leisure centres in the district which are managed on our behalf by Everyone Active SLM (from 1 April 2017):

The sports development officer also supports all sport/leisure facilities across the district.

Coaches, officials and volunteers

Coaches, officials and volunteers are crucial for sport at all levels. They are the people who motivate, encourage, inspire and work behind the scenes to make sport happen.


Each sport has its own National Governing Body (NGB). They are responsible for the rules and regulations governing their respective sports. For a list of Sport England recognised sports and their NGBs, please visit Sport England.

The United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) is a nationally recognised coach education qualification which aims to standardise coaching qualifications and make the UK world leaders in coaching by 2016.

Sports Coach UK is a national agency focused on developing coaches at all levels.


Officials operate in many sports, each with their own set of laws and rules. Each sport’s National Governing Body will offer support and deliver officiating qualifications.

Skills Active helps to provide easier access to these qualifications and skills through training provisions within the sector.

The Young Officials' Programme is run by the Youth Sport Trust. This programme helps National Governing Bodies to develop young sport officials throughout England. Young full-time volunteers lead a project working within their chosen NGB to act as a role model to inspire and support other young people. This also provides a local skilled workforce.


Volunteers can help deliver skills and experience to your club. The following volunteer networks allow you to create a profile so that active volunteers in the area can approach you with support:

Clubmark accreditation scheme

Clubmark is the only national cross-sports quality accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections. It ensures accredited clubs operate to a set of accepted minimum operating standards.

More than 10,000 clubs across around 35 sports are currently Clubmark accredited or working towards the award. These cover a diverse array of sports from ball games such as tennis, cricket and rugby to water sports like swimming, canoeing and rowing.

Please visit Clubmark for more detailed information.

Disability sport

Whether you want to participate in an inclusive setting or if you are looking for disability sport specific events, there are many opportunities to get fit, try out new sports and / or join a club and compete.

  • Hampshire Gateway’s Find a Club site will help you find local clubs and venues, or you can download a copy of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Disability Sports Guide (pdf 4.2 mb)
  • The Hampshire County Council's Short Breaks programme is designed to improve the lives of disabled children, young people and their families. For more information about these events and activities, register with Parent Voice.
  • Treloar’s School in Holybourne, Alton hosts the East Hampshire Disability Multi Sports Club. Those with learning, physical, mental health and sensory difficulties can try a variety of sports (during term time) including football, basketball, kurling, boccia and table tennis.

East Hampshire Passport to Leisure

As a partnership between East Hampshire District Council and Places for People, we offer a card that allows the holder to take part in some activities at Alton Sports Centre, Taro Leisure Centre and Mill Chase Leisure Centre at a reduced price.

The activities included in the scheme and the cost will be displayed in the leisure centres. These are reviewed every year but will always include casual swimming and casual gym sessions.

Anyone who lives in East Hampshire District and falls into at least one of the eligibility categories can apply for a card.

The card is free but you will need to provide a passport sized photograph. If the card is lost a replacement will cost £5.

How to apply

Fill in the application form found on the leaflet and take or send it with your photo, proof of residency (e.g. Council Tax bill) and eligibility document to one of the following:

  • Alton Sports Centre, Chawton Park Road, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1ST
  • Taro Leisure Centre, Penns Place, Petersfield, Hampshire GU31 4EX
  • Mill Chase Leisure Centre, Mill Chase Road, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0ER


You will be eligible if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (income related)
  • Pension Credit (Income element, not savings element)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Universal Credit
  • Council Tax Benefit
  • Employment Support Allowance

You must provide a notification letter dated within the last 12 months.

If you receive:

  • Working tax credit and child tax credit and NHS tax credit exemption certificate

You must provide an award notice from HM Revenue & Customs dated within last 12 months and in-date NHS Tax Credit Exemption Certificate.

If you are a:

  • Full-time student aged 18 or over

You must provide a letter from your college or university confirming full-time attendance. (Student ID / NUS cards will not be accepted as proof.)


You can get up-to-date information for funding support from:

National Governing Body websites

For funding opportunities specific to your sport, visit your NGB’s website.

Coaching, Officials and Volunteer Bursary

This bursary aims to increase the number of Hampshire & IOW residents qualified to coach, officiate or volunteer in sport. It helps individuals to take the first step into coaching, officiating or volunteering by completing the appropriate governing body’s award scheme.

It also assists existing qualified coaches, officials and volunteers through additional higher level awards and courses.

For more information on this bursary, please contact our Sports Development team.

Sport and Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA)

We want to create a healthier, physically active sporting nation at all levels. To achieve this, there is a district commitment to physical activity through an alliance of local organisations.

The Get Active East Hampshire Partnership, one of ten Sport and Physical Activity Alliances (SPAAs) across Hampshire, is made up of organisations with an interest in sport and physical activity.

These are:

  • East Hampshire District Council
  • Sport Hampshire & IOW
  • Places for People Leisure
  • Horndean Technology College
  • Community First East Hampshire
  • Bohunt School
  • RAPP & Get Activ8’d
  • Alton College.