About the toolkit

This toolkit is intended to be the first point of information on community asset transfer from a sports perspective

It is for community and voluntary sector groups (including community sports organisations), local authorities, national governing bodies, Active Partnerships, and other sport partners.

The toolkit complements the Club Matters resources available via Community Assets and Facilities.

Our Community Asset Transfer toolkit provides information, resources and case studies and is intended to be relevant to all types of sports and sports facilities, and for both established groups and start-up projects.

Asset transfer in six stages

The toolkit is set out in six sections which follow six stages of an asset transfer project. You can start at any point in the toolkit, but we recommend you review all the stages to make sure you don’t miss an important recommendation.

An asset transfer process is rarely smooth and often goes backwards and forwards through the different stages until everything has been resolved.

The transfer process is presented here as a step by step process, although in practice some elements may be carried out concurrently or skipped completely depending on the starting point in each case.

An asset transfer process is rarely smooth and often goes backwards and forwards through the different stages until everything has been resolved

A community asset transfer is a two-way negotiation process between a community group and a public sector body, usually a local authority. Some of the steps in each stage are more relevant to one of the partners, whilst some are joint actions, but it always helps to be aware of what the other party in the negotiation has to do.

The six sections are as follows:

  1. Understanding Asset Transfer
  2. Getting Started
  3. Getting Transfer Ready
  4. Taking a Stake in an Asset
  5. Property Development
  6. Premises Management

At the end of each section there are some key questions for local authorities and / or community sports organisations. Although questions have been listed separately for ease of reference, we encourage representatives from each side to become familiar with the others' perspective as this will help to improve negotiation and partnership working.

Progress tracker

You can check off your progress at the end of each section by clicking one of the following buttons:

  • Considered and action not completed
  • Considered and action completed
  • Considered but no action required

This may help you record the progress of your asset transfer journey. You can come back and change the status of any action as many times as you like your last decision will be saved automatically.

To get an overview of all of the individual actions at each stage go to the Progress Check List for the overall picture.