There is increasing global interest in the role of sport clubs in delivering sport to local communities.

Following is a selection of other research/studies being undertaken globally.


Aspen Institute - State Of Play 2023

The "State of Play 2023" report is the Aspen Institute’s annual analysis of national trends in the delivery of sport for young people in the United States. Nearly four years on from the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2023 report has found that children are playing team sports less often, even as progress is being made in filling gaps with girls and low-income populations.

You can read more here.


The 2023 National Officiating Survey

The 2023 National Officiating Survey is the most comprehensive survey ever completed in the history of the officiating industry in the United States, with 162 questions and an approximate grand total of 12,000,000 data points. Conducted during the spring and summer of 2023, the National Officiating Survey was completed by more than 35,000 sports officials from all levels and all sports.

You can read more, here.


The Cost Of Living Crisis : Impact On Grassroots Community Sport & Recreation

This study was published in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University’s Sport Industry Research Centre and Sport:80 and outlines the challenging situation facing clubs across the United Kingdom.

You can read more, here.


Clubs Under Pressure

This study by the Australian Sports Foundation reveals that economic conditions have placed additional strain on community sporting clubs, already struggling with running costs, participation numbers and volunteers after COVID-19 and extreme weather events. Rising costs and falling revenue are pushing almost one in five (18%) community sporting clubs to the brink of collapse.

You can read more, here.


In Troubled Water?

European Sports Clubs: Their Problems, Capacities and Opportunities

This report published in the Journal of Global Sport Management study problems experienced by sports clubs from nine European countries and investigates five types of club problems: recruitment/retention of members, recruitment/retention of volunteers at the board level, recruitment/retention of coaches/instructors, the financial situation of clubs and the availability of sport facilities.

You can read more, here.