When you’re a fan of playing sports, or you want to get into it, you can’t always find the right opportunities. If you like team sports, you need a team to join, but finding the right one can be tough. There can even be waiting lists to join a team, leaving you doing nothing until a spot opens up. But instead of looking for a team to join, you could consider starting a team of your own. It’s something you could do for yourself or possibly for your kids if they need a sports team to participate in. But what does starting a team involve, and just how can you get started?
Before starting a team or club, you need to know that there are other people who are interested in joining. You might start by asking friends and family if anyone is interested in joining your team. If you need to cast the net out wider, try posting something on social media or look for local online platforms, message boards, and similar methods of communication. Local Facebook groups or sites like Nextdoor could help you to find people in the area who are interested in joining your team.
Find a Venue
To train as a team, you’re also going to have to find somewhere you can use. A venue that has the right facilities is important, and it can take time to find the right one. The venue you use could influence how much your member’s fees are, so it’s important to choose carefully if you don’t want it to be expensive. Think about what you’re looking for in a venue, and not just in terms of sporting facilities. Do you need parking, changing facilities, or accessible design? The location is important too because it should be in a convenient place for your team.
Create a Team Identity
Your team should also have its own identity. This will include a name and perhaps a logo. The name that you choose might have input from your team members, once you have some. Once you have a name and logo, you can also order a uniform. Get your hockey kit, football kit, or roller derby uniform from a reliable service that offers good quality items. If you want a logo, you might know someone who is willing to design one for you for free or cheap. Or you can look for a professional designer who can help you out. Alternatively, there are some tools that you can use to create your own logo.
Learn How to Manage Your Team
When you’ve got a team together, either through trie-outs or welcoming anyone and everyone, you need to know how to manage the team. Are you going to be coaching them, or will you find someone else to do that? What exercises and drills will you run to train everyone? And will you be looking for ways to compete with other teams?
Getting a sports team together could be a fun way to spend your time. However, it can take up a lot of your time, so be prepared to commit yourself to it.