The following is an approach to starting a club with the Canadian Functional Fitness Federation. You will also find some recommended best practices for club operation.
Step 1 - Plan
Determine how many participants, and age groups you are willing to prepare for. Will you coach just individuals, or participants for team events as well? This will indicate the amount of space, equipment, facility time, and coaches that your club will need.
Step 2 - Prepare a Budget
Revenues: Club fees, sponsorships, gaming money (bingos, casino, raffle), fundraisers
Expenses: Club registration ($100/yr), Participant registration ($20/yr/participant), facility rental, first-aid supplies, coaches honorariums
Step 3 - Secure
- Facility space for training. Contact local recreational centers, community gyms, or other suitable locations. Negotiate an hourly or season fee for training time in that facility. You should request proof of the facilities insurance and they may request proof of your insurance. Once you have registered your club with CFFF, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request an insurance certificate.
- Coaches: Certified coaches and/or individuals motivated to becoming certified. It is important that a coach is both dedicated and enthusiastic towards the athletes and their development in the sport.
- Coaches of youth athletes are encouraged to secure a police information check as well as a police vulnerable sector check. This includes staff, directors, chairs, coaches, managers, officials and chaperones.
Step 4 - Register
- Read the latest edition of CFFF’s safety standards, movement standards and competition rulebook to ensure that you understand the competition regulations and are coaching your athletes appropriately.
- Register your club with CFFF. Decide if you would like your club information advertised under the CFFF Club Listings.
- All members of a registered club must become members themselves prior to participating in any training or competition with your club.
Step 5 - Athletes and Equipment and Volunteers
- Will you have a selection/screening process? Decide what format works best for you.
- All athletes must fill out and sign the CFFF waiver and code of conduct and return it to the club contact responsible for registration.
- Recruiting athletes: Local schools, community fitness facilities, strength and conditioning gyms and other sport teams are an effective way to advertise your product. Remember, you are not replacing a fitness membership, you are offering another sport experience.
- Review the updated movement standards and safety standards to ensure that you have sufficient equipment to train all required elements (and their progressions) of the sport. A medical kit should also be on hand.
- Can help with club administration
- Fundraising initiatives
- Sponsor acquisition
- Club committee: Most are composed of President, Secretary, Treasurer, Directors. Having a good group of volunteers working together can be a great help to your club.
Step 6 - Compete
Register for sanctioned events, CFFF national championships and other small competitions to develop a sport season that fits with the training of your club’s athletes.