English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) Clubmark is a cross-sport recognition of multi sports clubs with junior and vunerable adult members.
Is your club eligible for EFDS Clubmark?
To be eligible for EFDS Clubmark, a club has to have disabled members and be actively promoting itself as a sports club that welcomes disabled people. In addition, the club constitution must show that disabled people are welcome.
EFDS Clubmark is primarily for multi-sport, multi-disability clubs and single sport, multi-disability sports clubs (where their National Governing Body does not offer Clubmark). It will also work for single impairment sports clubs, such as a club for visually impaired or deaf people.
The EFDS have created the Inclusion Club Hub tool which aims to help clubs include more disabled people in their activities. This toolkit will give you ideas, methods and resources to ensure everyone has a positive club experience.
EFDS Clubmark application process
To register your club, please fill out the registration form and send it to Harry Stow, Sports Development Officer (Performance).
You will receive a Clubmark folder which can be used to record evidence required from the club to achieve each of the criteria listed. It will also include some helpful templates. Once your folder is complete it will be assessed by Sport Hampshire & IOW officers.
For further information, please email either Sophie Burton or Harry Stow or telephone 01962 676378.
In order to achieve EFDS Clubmark your club will need to meet core and common criteria which are set out in the following five categories:
1. Communication and engagement
- The club has disabled members
- The club has disabled people on its committee and / or disabled coach/es
- The club can demonstrate it engages with disabled people / disability groups and / or schools
- Information is provided in a range of formats N.B you do not need to provide information in all formats but must know where to go if asked and / or must include an accessibility statement.
- The club has completed an EFDS Club Access Check
- The club has a person responsible for volunteers
2. Playing and activity programme
- The club provides at least 2 hours per week quality coaching (for a minimum of 30 weeks per year)
- The coach responsible for the session is qualified to level 2 in the sport in which they are coaching
- The coach to performer ratio is considered on an individual basis, according to the person’s needs and an appropriate risk assessment
- The club uses appropriate skills awards and coaching resources from the relevant NGB to support the training programme
- The club has regular matches and fixtures against other clubs and informs members of regional and other local competitions
- All coaches and assistants / buddies have relevant role descriptions
- The coaches hold professional indemnity and / or public liability insurance
- All club sessions including competitions take place at a safe environment. An annual risk assessment is carried out and a quick visual check is completed in advance of every session.
3. Duty of careand safeguarding and protecting children and vunerable adults
- The club has adopted and implemented a ‘Child and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy’ and is working towards the procedures set out in the policy
- A trained welfare officer is appointed within the club. The welfare officer has attended ‘Sportscoach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ training
- All coaches and volunteers with access to young people at the club have been CRB checked by e.g. EFDS / NDSO / CSP
- At least one coach and one other person at the club has attended the ‘Sportscoach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ training
- All qualified coaches have adopted a Club Coach Code of Conduct
- All buddies / helpers / volunteers have adopted a Code of Conduct
- The club has access to first aid equipment at all coaching and competition sessions
- The club has emergency procedures for dealing with serious injuries/accidents
- A telephone is available at every club session, for emergency use (it may be a mobile)
- The club holds contact details of its members, and their parent/emergency contacts where necessary
- The club holds information on medical conditions where they relate to safety and well-being and informs coaches and others on a confidential ‘need to know’ basis.
4. Sports equity and ethics
- The club has an open, non discriminatory constitution
- The club has a sports equity / equality policy that is communicated to all members
- The club has an action plan identifying how it will recruit and retain members from its community
- At least two coaches have attended the sportscoach UK ‘Equity in your coaching’ course OR completed an Equity Task
- At least two coaches have attended a Sportscoach UK ‘Coaching Disabled Performers’ ‘Working with Disabled Sports people’ course or recognised NGB or EFDS disability inclusion course.
- The club has Codes of Conduct for parents / carers and other supporters
- The club has a set of rules / code of conduct for children and young people.
5. Club management
- The club is registered with EFDS as a multi-sports disability club. They may also be affiliated to their own NDSO
- The club has public liability insurance
- The club has a positive pricing policy for all members, including young people and disabled people.
- The club has a regular newsletter which is sent to members / parents & carers. It may be an email version
- The club has a person responsible for co-ordinating juniors members.
- The club has contact with at least one local special school / youth organisation involving disabled people
- The club has a development plan with clear targets
- The club has regular contact with the local CSP / LA sports development unit / SSP
- The club can demonstrate it values its volunteers.