The good news is – both! The FSPA is an umbrella body which leads and supports its associations. In practice, this means that businesses are first and foremost members of their association with all the customised benefits and support that provides. However, you will also get automatic membership of the FSPA which offers a broader range of services and lobbying activity.
If you know which of our associations you would like to join, check out their website to find out how to become a member. Alternatively, you can call the relevant Association Manager for more information. If you think that your business isn’t currently covered by any of our associations, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jane Montgomery on 02476 414 999 to discuss the options open to you.
One of the many benefits of becoming a member is in joining an association committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and conduct. Customers know that when they choose an association member they get excellent products and services and peace of mind.
The criteria for joining therefore reflect our commitment to providing high standards to customers. Potential members will be required to adhere to relevant industry standards and provide evidence that they are financially sound. Each association’s criteria for membership vary so please visit the appropriate website. If you think your business isn’t currently covered by one of our associations, please email email@example.com or call Jane Montgomery on 02476 414999.
The length of time it takes to become a member can vary with some associations accepting members in a matter of days. Incomplete submissions can slow the process down so please try and make sure you supply every piece of information required. On average, however, we aim to complete applications within 6 weeks, depending upon how quickly references are received.
Most of our members pay their subscription fees via Direct Debit, BACS or by cheque. If you’re unsure about anything please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options.
Yes. Membership of the FSPA and its associations is tax deductible.
Your membership means that your company adheres to a professional code of conduct and has met the high standards necessary to qualify. We will always promote this as an important benefit to customers on your behalf. Your company’s name will be listed on your association website.
We always like to receive members’ news and success stories and publish as many as we can across our websites, social media, newsletters and the press. We will, of course, be drawn to those that most accurately reflect what we do and communicate this clearly to audiences so the most engaging content will be used. We are careful, however, not to over- or under-represent any one member company and strive to promote our businesses evenly.
Membership of your association and the FSPA is attributed to the company you represent. However, if you wanted to stand on the Executive of your particular association, your inclusion in that would be tied to you as an individual.
As soon as we have notified you that your application for membership has been successful, you will be able to access all your federation and association benefits.
Member companies are committed to upholding the highest standards of professionalism and conduct. Members are required to adhere to relevant industry standards and provide regular evidence that they are financially sound. Customers know that when they choose an association member they get excellent products and services and peace of mind.
For full details of the events the FSPA attend in the UK and overseas visit our Events page.
We have a wealth of information regarding funding opportunities in the sports industry and potential funders in the play sector. Often it can be a case of being imaginative with your applications, not just in terms of content but in which organisations you approach. If you would like to discuss your options we are here to help. If you think that your business isn’t currently covered by any of our associations, then please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jane Montgomery on 02476 414 999.
Since we voted to leave the EU last year, our close links with UK government, particularly the Department for International Trade (DIT), mean that we are uniquely placed to lobby on behalf of our sport and play industry members throughout the period of transition.
As Europe’s largest trade body, we have a strong lobbying arm and work closely with our European and World trade association counterparts on matters affecting the global sport and play industries. We are members of FESI – the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry, and FEPI – the Federation of the European Play Industry, and represent the interests of the sporting goods and play industries in Europe.
You can read about our lobbying here.
The FSPA has evolved over the years to cover the play industry, golfing sector and sporting goods trade. If you’re interested in membership and don’t think any of our existing associations cover your area of business, then please do get in touch. Email our Managing Director Jane Montgomery or call her on 02476 414999 to discuss the options open to you.
You can find vital constitutional information about each association on their individual websites.
Companies related to the sports and play industries that are not directly engaged in the manufacture, wholesale and/or distribution of products and services to the trade, may be able to apply for Associate Membership. Contact the relevant Association Manager for more information.
It’s great to be part of an organisation that campaigns for investment in children’s play facilities and which raises the standards of the entire industry.
Having the support of the FSPA behind us is tremendously beneficial and greatly enhances the offering to our membership.
I have been a member of SPE for many years now and every member shows a 100% commitment to promote participation in sport and play in the UK.
The FSPA provides a cohesive voice far louder than any member company or association could achieve alone. It also creates extremely beneficial networking opportunities.
It’s sometimes difficult to get heard when you stand on your own. But when you're part of a respected body like the FSPA, people listen and things start to happen.
The opportunity to meet with like-minded people across our sector to discuss some of the challenges is always invaluable.
A must for anyone in the industry who wants to develop themselves and their Club.
Working with like-minded people who maintain very high standards is both inspiring and reassuring for my customers.
The benefits in terms of cash savings alone more than outweigh the membership cost. The opportunities to exchange ideas with other operators are an enormous help too.
Working together as a group of companies creates a stronger voice for the play industry, which benefits both suppliers and customers.