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Sports Clubs in the UK: Market Research Report

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Sports Clubs Market Research Report | SIC R93.120 | Jun 2017

Racing ahead: The success of professional clubs has supported growth but masked problems

IBISWorld’s Sports Clubs market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Annual Growth 18-23
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • Smaller clubs have faced difficulties, although revenue has grown strongly in recent years
  • Despite rising health consciousness, sport participation has not risen, posing a problem for clubs
  • Many clubs are facing a shortage of skilled coaches, though greater investment is likely to help expansion
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Sports Clubs industry comprises a wide array of sports clubs, ranging from large professional clubs, such as teams in the Premier League, to semi-professional and amateur sports clubs. The top Premier League clubs receive a large amount of funding from sponsors, broadcast rights and other sources. On the other hand, smaller sports clubs exist within an increasingly crowded market and have to compete with each other for funding, attendees, viewers and sponsors. Sports clubs also compete for consumer spending with other entertainment and leisure outlets such as bars and cinemas. Sport participation and income levels combine to determine revenue trends for UK sports clubs... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

The barriers to founding amateur sports clubs can be low depending on the sport, the infrastructure requirements, member needs and various other factors. However, it can be difficult to attract members and to build up a supporter base for new clubs, particularly for less popular or obscure sports. The 2012 London Olympics provided a temporary boost to clubs specialising in less widely popularised sports such as table tennis and archery, though the effects were not sustained, and the number of enterprises in the industry has declined marginally over the past five years.

As most sports clubs are operated by volunteers and involve amateur participants, there are limited opportunities for such operators to significantly increase revenue and profit. Mos.. purchase to read more

Additional Insights for the Sports Clubs Industry

IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Sports Clubs Industry are

  • Having a loyal customer base
  • Ability to raise revenue from additional sources
  • Access to volunteer labour
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Real household disposable income and Sport participation in the Sports Clubs industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Sports Clubs Industry?

    This industry comprises sports clubs that offer sporting activities, whether at a professional, semi-professional or amateur level. It excludes sports facilities without a club affiliation, the organisation of sporting events and the activities of sports coaches.

    Industry Products
    Premier League clubsOther football clubsCricket clubsRugby clubsGolf clubs
    Industry Activities
    Football club operationRugby club operationCricket club operationGolf club operationTennis club operationOther sports club operation

    Table of Contents
    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Sport participation
  • Demand from television programming and broadcasting
  • Health consciousness
  • Average weekly hours of work
  • Current Performance
  • Premier performance
  • Sport participation
  • Market structure
  • Profit performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • In the running
  • Government support and participation
  • Hurdles ahead
  • Game changer
  • Table: Sports Clubs Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Sports Clubs Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
  • Key Buying Industries
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Sporting and Outdoor Equipment Retailers
  • Sporting Goods Manufacturing
  • Sports Facilities
  • Products & Services
  • Premier League clubs
  • Other
  • Golf clubs
  • Other football clubs
  • Rugby clubs
  • Cricket clubs
  • Chart: Sports Clubs Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
  • Household disposable income and ticket prices
  • Social factors and demographics
  • Substitute products
  • Major Markets
  • People aged between 26 and 35
  • People aged between 16 and 25
  • People aged between 36 and 45
  • People aged between 46 and 55
  • People aged over 55
  • People aged under 16
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Sports Clubs Industry
  • International Trade
    Business Locations
  • Chart: Business Locations by State
  • Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Rent and utilities
  • Depreciation
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Sports Clubs
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Sports Clubs Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Sports Clubs Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth
  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Sports Clubs Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
    Amateur Sports Clubs
  • Clubs that do not pay their athletes. Many of these clubs are run by volunteers.
  • Premier League
  • The Premier League is main football league in the United Kingdom and one of the largest in the world.
  • Professional Sports Clubs
  • Clubs that pay athletes for their services.

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