Rugby League

Volunteer Development

Useful resources and links for developing and managing your volunteer workforce.


Formerly Club Matters, Buddle is Sport England’s one stop shop for sports clubs. Buddle provides free, convenient, practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club.

Buddle offers learning resources, workshops, and tools to help clubs overcome challenges and make the most of the opportunities available to them.


Develop your Club

Areas covered: Setting up a new club, growing your existing club, connecting with your community, marketing, talent development.

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Club People 

Areas covered: Finding volunteers, developing people, identifying roles, meeting people’s needs, succession planning.

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Club Safety

Areas covered: Safeguarding, health and safety, mental health.

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Managing Facilities

Areas covered: Working with providers, finding the right facility, managing facilities, asset transfer.

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Club Finances

Areas covered: Managing Money, Budgeting, Tax and Sports Clubs, Generating Income, Funding Guidance.

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Areas covered: Good governance, legal structures, policies and procedures, leadership.

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Promoting Diversity

Areas covered: Creating an inclusive culture, working with different groups, understanding, and communicating with people, accessible facilities, diversifying your offer.

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Becoming more Environmentally Sustainable

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Buddle Workshops

Buddle training courses are free, bitesize sessions designed to inspire you, improve your skills, enhance your knowledge, and help you to develop your club or community organisation.

Buddle offers workshops on the following topics:

  • Creating an inclusive environment
  • Engaging your community
  • Creating a marketing strategy
  • Volunteer experience
  • Raising money
  • Using social media
  • Exploring legal structures

And more!

You can view and book workshops here.


Buddle offers two tools that can be used to assess where your club is doing well and where there’s room for improvement.

Club Health Check – Identify strengths and weaknesses across five operational areas.

Disability Inclusion Hub – See how inclusive and accessible your club is.


If you are collecting and/ or keeping information about your volunteers for mailing lists or data collation you must ensure that you are GDPR compliant.

Information about GDPR and volunteers can be found on the NCVO website.