Most slackliners begin in small, local slackline groups. These informal groups are organized through personal contacts, often with the help of social media channels like facebook or whatsapp.
The urge to create a formal slackline club can come from a variaty of motivations. Here a list of things a club or association can offer in order to attract members:
● Regular Outdoor Training in public and private places
● Indoortraining during wintertime > Renting gymnasiums > Establishing contact with
the sports departments
● Organisation of a slackline festival
● Social events and gatherings
● Organisation of workshops and courses for schools, other clubs, etc.
● Renting out gear: e.g. slackline sets, longline rigs, Aframes and tree protection
● Storage room for gear close to slackline spots
● Discounts when ordering slacklineequipment through mass orders.
● Sale of own equipment: e.g. tree protection and wind dampeners
● Buy equipment needed for indoor training (anchoring devices, sets, etc.)
Communication and networking
● Management of a Whatsapp/SMS/Facebook group for spontaneous slackline
● Management of a Facebook group in order to exchange information and to facilitate
organisation among members and interested locals
● Management of a Facebook page to communicate publications (e.g. newspaper
articles), photos and videos, to the interested slackline community
Large pool of know-how
● Technical tips > faster learning
● Spots and Access
● Education on gear and handling
● Safety advice and warnings
● Advice when buying personal gear
● Legal advice
Representation of interests
● Main contact of the gardening department of the city/town
● Contact person for the local sports shops, which are selling slacklines (Raising
knowledge and awareness for good and environmental friendly gear)
● Counseling for universities, schools, sports departments, gardening departments
(playgrounds), fitness places etc. on the topic of slackline parks and gear (indoor and outdoor)
Identification and goodies
● Products: Crew Tshirt, belt, hat, etc.
● Liability claims are handled by insurance through a national entitiy or events insurance (Trainings, Events and meetups of crew members)
Where to Start?
As a minimal requirement to start a formal club you usually need.
– A minimum of 5 motivated people, to be 10 people helps
– Social skills, you need to be able to talk to people, maintain relationships
– A mid to longterm commitement to a cause