The main aim of the Club Links programme is to create and develop links between schools and sports clubs to increase the number of children participating in sports clubs.
The target is to increase the percentage of 5 to 16 year olds who are members of or participate in national governing body accredited sports clubs.
There is already a lot of good practice in clubs and many volunteers already offer young people excellent opportunities to make progress in the wider sporting environment. The PESSCL survey 2004/05 showed that an average of 22% of pupils in School Sport Partnerships participated in at least one sports club with links to the school, already surpassing the 2006 target of 20% of children.
The continuing role of the CSCOs in schools will be coaching and making the links between the school and the local club.