The ‘How’ & ‘Why’ Of Starting A Local Sports Team

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Kenny Eliason

If you’re looking to create a natural, fun, and community-centered activity for yourself, your family/friends, and your neighborhood as a whole, here are a few reasons why you should consider starting a local sports team.

Choose the Team Logo

Creating a team is not just about getting people together; it’s also about making sure they feel they have that sense of unity. It’s easier than ever to design an entire brand for your team. You can use this NRL jersey online creator to create a team uniform that will make everybody feel like they are part of something!

One of the most important aspects of being a team player is feeling like you’re all part of a common goal, and what better way to do this than to create a whole new uniform that shows pride in your community?

Find the Right Location

Location is everything. Before you start asking people to join the team, they are going to ask how long their commute will be. Luckily, most places have fields and areas where you can ‘rent’ or even use the space for free.

You’ll also want to consider the time, too. Younger children are not necessarily going to be able to train in the later evening hours, and many people have work during the hours of 9-5, so you may want to consider some weekend times, too. 

Get a Budget in Place

You need to understand what your financial goals are. You may not want to make a profit, but when it comes to creating a sports team of any type, you’ve got to ensure that you have the financial foundations in place.

There’s a lot you will need to invest in! There’s so much equipment that you may need to pick, but you may want to see if anything is provided by your chosen facility. You could also make things easier by asking local businesses to sponsor your team in exchange for wearing their logo on the kit. It’s also important for you to know how to look after the books properly. You can consult this guide to budgets for community groups to get a better idea.

Have Fun

Something very simple, but is definitely worth mentioning: have fun!

People form local teams because they have a passion for it. It’s certainly something that can benefit your local community, but you’ve got to remember that there is quite a bit of work involved upfront. Ensuring you keep it fun is vital, not just for everybody taking part, but for yourself too! Whether you’re trying to make exercise more fun for your kids, or you are just trying to reinvest back into the community, a local sports team can make a big difference to morale and, of course, health and fitness.

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