The Clubmark symbol is used as a kite mark - allowing parents the knowledge and confidence that their children are attending a safe, quality club and ensuring that young people reach their full sporting potential. For clubs with junior sections, being registered with Clubmark is an effective way of communicating commitment to good practice, safe procedures and quality coaching.
The scheme provides a set of standard criteria, which allow clubs to evaluate where they are and help develop the club infrastructure as well as other areas such as volunteering, membership and recruitment. Clubs are assessed against four areas - Playing Programme; Duty of Care and Safeguarding Children; Knowing Your Club and its Community; Club Management.
All sports that are recognised by Sport England can become acredited with Clubmark. There are 2 ways to attain accreditation:
1. Via National Governing Body - Some National Govering Bodies of Sport (NGBs) have created their own version of clubmark. Check Clubmark's list of current licensed NGBs - if your sport falls into this category, you will need to contact your NGB to find out how your club can get involved.
2. Via Sport Hampshire & IOW - sports that are not listed in Option 1 above but has a Sport England recognised NGB can apply for Clubmark via Sport Hampshire & IOW.
The national Clubmark database lists all accredited clubs, as well as clubs working towards accreditation.
Clubmark sets core and common criteria for sports clubs to meet in four categories:
The criteria for Clubmark has been developed and agreed in cooperation with National Governing Bodies and is supported by the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and sports coach UK.
Many clubs are finding that they have already achieved a number of the criteria, what they have not had to do before is provide hard evidence to prove that they do what they say they do. There are a lot of good clubs out there they just need to document the fact that they are good so anyone moving into the area can affectively see that clubs portfolio and witness for themselves that the club is progressive as well as safe, effective and child friendly.
To register your club for Clubmark please contact Heather Windust, Tel: 01962 846172.
You will be sent a Clubmark folder which can be used to record evidence required from the club to achieve each of the criteria listed. Once your folder is complete it will be assessed by Sport Hampshire & IOW officers.
There is also a resource pack that provides 17 templates for your club to use, which include:
Code of practice for club officials and volunteers
Guidelines for dealing with an incident/accident
Incident/accident report form
Junior membership form
Task descriptions for Head and Assistant Junior Coaches
Risk assessment form
Equity policy statement
Code of practice for parents and junior members
All the above templates, along with the resource pack, can be downloaded from the Clubmark website.
Sports Development Officer