Club Database

Keeping accurate records of all club stakeholders ensures a club can conduct its business with maximum efficiency. For example, a club that has accurate details of their members will always know how many members they have, where they live and if they are paid up or not, so any unpaid fees are quickly discovered.

Accurate databases also impact heavily on marketing and promotion. Sending email newsletters and other promotional material depends on having an accurate record of email addresses and phone numbers. Dealings with sponsors and advertisers will be more effective when your club databases are accurate and up-to-date as you are able to demonstrate to your potential sponsors and advertisers that you can easily access your own community and therefore so can they.

So, databases are important because information is important to clubs. Whilst clubs will survive with no database management, the clubs that manage their data well, best meet their objectives.

Databases should be treated as an asset, a very important asset. And as such, they should be maintained in the same way a club maintains their playing fields, or clubrooms.

Stakeholders – members, sponsors and so on – leave and join clubs regularly so database information changes regularly. Databases should be checked for accuracy at least three times a year, pre-season, post registration and at season’s end.

Clubs should consider keeping the following databases:

  • Membership (names and contact details)
  • Past players and members (names and contact details)
  • Staff (names, roles and contact details)
  • Volunteers (names, roles and contact details
  • Skills database (names, skills including trades/experience/qualifications)
  • Sponsors (contact name, business name, sponsorship details)
  • Facilities and equipment (item, quantity)
  • Suppliers (name, items, price, discount)

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