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Given my strong interest in Table Tennis, it is unfortunate that my local High School does not have a club that I can participate in. It is my plan to create a club at the High School to expand and attract Table Tennis lovers. Do you have any tips on that? Where do I start? What’s a good way to get people to join? I know I need a sponsor, what is a good approach to come up to a company like Stiga or Butterfly to see if they are interested in supporting my club. Any tips I can get would be extremely helpful.
It is great that you are taking the initiative of starting up a new club. It is not easy but you will find it worthwhile.
One of the main things I think is to create a place where people want to come. That means it has to be friendly and inviting and provide a variety of services to cater for the wide range of needs of players. Things such as times when players can just come in for a social hit, times when you are providing coaching assistance, times for competition and any other needs you can see from the group. As you can see there are a wide variety of needs that a player can have.
As far as sponsors it is a matter of what you can offer them as far as exposure to their products. I am definitely not a marketing person so others may be able to help in this area as well.
We did a podcast on the topic of clubs, Ask The Coach Show #85 - How to Run a Successful Club. I think it will provide you with some good tips.
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