What is Clubmark?
If you’ve had a look at the Leicester City Sports Club directory you’ll see that some of the clubs on the list have Clubmark status, but what is this?
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
Clubs gather evidence showing that they have achieved the minimum operating standards in these 4 areas and submit their evidence to obtain the Clubmark status.
Most clubs starting the process already have much of the information and evidence (often just not in one place) but just haven’t submitted the information to Clubmark to achieve their accreditation.
Some National Governing Bodies have their own Club accreditation schemes, for example Gym Mark is British Gymnastics equivalent.
Also visit....Leicester City Council - Sports Regeneration guidance for Clubs and how to achieve your Clubmark status.
Over 14,000 community sports clubs already have Clubmark accreditation