What is Clubmark?
Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs. It is based on criteria which must be supported by specific evidence. Based on four key areas of club development it centres around:
- Activity/playing programmes – this includes, for example, coaching qualifications required, insurance and coach to participant ratios
- Duty of care and welfare – appropriate risk assessments, health and safety policies, training, compliance and child protection policies
- Knowing your club and its community – this ensures that your club is committed to fairness and equity in respect of the way in seeks to attract and retain members from your local community
- Club management – which covers issues to do with club and committee structures and the general running of the organisation
Evidence can be gathered in a variety of formats including hard copy (in a folder), electronically (online) or at the club itself (e.g., on noticeboards). Check with your licensed organisation (national governing body of sport or county sports partnership) how it reviews or checks evidence. Once collected you will need to submit the evidence to your licensing organisation. Its officers will then advise you as to your progress. Sometimes, it can take a few attempts to gather all the information in the correct format but don’t be disheartened. Clubmark is not for everyone. However, most clubs starting the process already have much of the information and evidence (often just not in one place). It just needs a little organisation. Clubs that have gone through the process tell us what a difference Clubmark has made to them; see success stories for more information.