Club Support and Funding

We want to support all sports clubs across Darlington and help them increase their membership numbers, apply for funding and achieve accreditation.
Our Club Support Package is available for clubs using the Dolphin Centre or Eastbourne Sports Complex.  The package has great benefits for clubs and also some special offers for its members to enjoy.

The package includes:

  • Competitive weekly club hire rates on Astro, grass and track facilities at Eastbourne Sports Complex
  • Access to off peak sports hall hire rates at The Dolphin Centre
  • Sponsorship of festivals, tournaments and events, including reduced and in some cases free facility hire plus event planning and event management support at Eastbourne Sports Complex
  • Function room hire from as little as £5 for evening and weekend club meetings at Eastbourne Sports Complex and The Dolphin Centre
  • Discounts on physiotherapy and sports massages through Complete Sports Medicine
  • Reduced hall hire at The Dolphin Centre for end of season presentation nights and club fund raising events Monday to Friday.
  • Reduced hire rates for team building exercises at both The Dolphin Centre and Eastbourne Sports Complex
  • Free publicity support
  • Unlimited access to Eastbourne gym for only £20 per person per month - available to club members to support training and fitness
  • Free induction to club members in The Dolphin  Centre gym
  • Reduced rates to attend Dolphin Centre Circuit Training classes to help with fitness development
  • Further added value benefits available throughout the year
  • Publicity on the Clubs page of our website.
  • Free afternoon swimming Monday - Friday, 2pm - 5pm, term time only.  Subject to availability
  • Free advice service provided through the Darlington Move More Team, which includes funding applications.

For further information please speak to our Club Support Specialists on 01325 254370 or email

Sport Festivals, Tournaments and Events Service

Eastbourne Sports Complex are now offering a free service, which includes support with planning and managing festivals, tournaments and events that take place at Eastbourne Sport Complex and The Dolphin Centre.  Not only is this a free service but we are also offering recued rates on facility and pitch hire.

This service includes:

  • An example tournament pack which includes all the necessary paperwork normally associated with organising a tournament
  • Support through our club support specialist on planning your tournament
  • On the day support with event management
  • We are also happy to arrange: booking of referees, ordering of trophies, full changing facilities, first aid qualified event coordinator, catering and family entertainment.

For further information please speak to our Club Support Specialists on 01325 254370 or email


Clubmark [external link] is Sport England's standard for high quality community sports clubs. Over 14,000 clubs across England have accreditation. 


We are committed to helping all community clubs/groups access external funding. There are various funding streams that clubs/groups can apply to and this will differ from sport to sport and also the nature of the project.

Sport England Sportsmatch [external link]
Sport England Small Grants Scheme [external link]
Sport England funding page [external link]
Lottery Funding [external link]
Cash4Clubs [external link]
Football Foundation [external link]
England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) [external link]
County Durham Foundation [external link]

Darlington Investment and Funding Team

The Investment and Funding Team is here to provide support and guidance of a scope and scale to meet the specific requirements of its clients

  • internal departments within the Council
  • other public sector organisations
  • Darlington’s Community and Voluntary Sector groups and organisations.

Please note: this service does not support individuals.