It can be difficult knowing which platform to choose for your sports club website design as there are so many out there. When I receive enquiries from sports clubs the top priority for them is the ability to manage and update their website themselves. This makes WordPress the ideal platform for any growing sports club.
WordPress runs around 27% of all websites, it is open source and has an intuitive and powerful CMS (content management system) which helps you to manage your own site.
Using WordPress will allow me to designed and build your club a unique bespoke theme, not something that can be done on website builders. Using a custom theme with WordPress will also give your club the ability to specify the functionality and design style for your site. I have listed just some of the functionality features that can be included below.
One of the most important things about using WordPress is the sites ability to grow and evolve with your clubs needs. Plugins can be used to enhance functionality going forward, the designs can be tweaked and new layouts created easily. New content, such as posts and pages can be added to the site in just a few clicks.
Many clubs, regardless of which sport they represent, have the same basic requirements when it comes to website functionality:
Many sports clubs are starting to utalising their websites a lot more to help them manage things like kit orders, event/membership payments, embedded maps and members only access. These are some of the functions you might also consider including in your sports club website design:
There is also functionality available for more specific requirements, depending on the type of club you are, for example:
A triathlon club website design might include a members forum where everyone can discuss training sessions and swap ideas. This is very useful for multiple discipline based clubs as there is often lots of sessions happening simultaneously.
For a running club website design, I’d advise you to include a listing of local races taking place throughout the year to encourage member participation.
A cycling club website design should almost certainly include the ability to upload cycling routes and ideally using a platform that can then be shared of even downloaded by members.
Professional website design for your sports club can help you better manage and organise your time.
Sports website design is one of my favourite projects to work on and because I always do extensive research as well as talk to you about what will best suit your needs, I have lots of satisfied customers!
“Charlotte did a fantastic job in creating our new club website. From the initial meeting to discuss our requirements, right through the process of building the website and then delivering it, her communication was very clear – explaining things in an easy way without getting too technical. Charlotte was very proactive in making suggestions, and listened carefully to our feedback – actioning the points very quickly. Overall I was impressed by how easy Charlotte made the process, and the result was a website we are now proud to direct people to.”
Gyles Horner, Club Chairman @ Team Cherwell Triathlon Club
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