I have been fortunate to have been involved with Clubmark since 2006 when
there were just 1,250 accredited clubs (and most of those were cricket
This is my last editorial as I will soon be leaving Sport England to embark
on a new chapter of my career and so I would like to take this opportunity to
celebrate the scheme’s growth and development over the last four years.
The personal highlight for me has got to be reaching 5,000 accredited clubs
at the start of this year – so many high quality sports clubs opening their
doors to young people providing safe and welcoming environments for them to
enjoy sport. These clubs will vouch for the benefits that Clubmark brings –
financial rewards, increased membership, more school-club links, the development
of coaches and other volunteers... the list is endless!
This key milestone would not have been possible without the commitment and
support of licensed organisations – so thank you. We now have 48 licensed NGBs
and CSPs and you can read more about the latest four CSPs to receive a licence
in the article below. The recent surge in licensed CSPs is a fantastic
development - it widens the range of sports clubs that can get accredited.
This month, we record 5,248 Clubmark accredited clubs across 45 sports
covering the whole spectrum ... the bigger sports such as swimming, rugby and
gymnastics, up and coming sports like dance and handball... as well as more
niche activities such as octopush, American football and ten pin bowling.
There is no doubt that a key contributor to the success of Clubmark is the
fact that it is a robust, high quality, defensible scheme. And this is my
opportunity to thank KKP for doing such a solid job in rolling out the ‘Clubmark
process’. Clare MacLeod and her team have shown such enthusiasm and dedication
in supporting NGBs and CSPs to support their local clubs.
And so, as I leave Clubmark in such safe hands, I would like to thank each
and every one of you for your valuable contributions and I look forward to
keeping abreast of developments through future editions of the newsletter!
The English Golf Union (EGU) and English Women's Golf
Association (EWGA) are delighted to advise that Shrewsbury Golf Club in
Shropshire is the 200th club to be accredited with the prestigious
The Mavericks wheelchair Basketball Club has been awarded Clubmark
Accreditation. The club worked very closely with the Greater Manchester Sport
Partnership, Club Development Manager, Jan Doyle in working towards Clubmark
More aquatic clubs have shown they are providing the best
environment for all by successfully receiving Clubmark/swim21 accreditation from
the ASA, the national governing body involved in every element of swimming.
The Club was keen to get accredited in the hope that this would
lead to increased water time for squad training & increased swimmer numbers
and performance. To achieve this, it recognised the need for...
Prior to achieving Clubmark, the club commented that the main
obstacle to their further development was having a large enough and suitably
qualified workforce. Simply achieving Clubmark status has helped them to attract
further volunteers to the club, but their situation has been helped by financial
incentives from England Basketball.
Jane Clayton is a founder member, committee member and senior coach of
Mallard Fencing Club, Herne Bay, Kent. Mallard Fencing Club evolved some
twenty-six years ago from Canterbury Fencing Club, which was then an adult
evening class and as such ran only during term times. A group of members, keen
to develop fencing and ensure its future in the area decided to form their own
club that would be able to operate independently and offer all-year-round
fencing to a wider membership, including juniors.
... we have improved the Clubmark criteris for sports equity and
It is important in sport, as elsewhere, that everyone has equal status and
opportunities. Being accessible is about making opportunity available (as
players, performers, administrators, officials or coaches) to all members of the
Clubmark clubs are committed to ensuring that they are accessible to the
local community, taking into account their local circumstances. The importance
of clubs in promoting sports equity and equal opportunities cannot be
Revised Clubmark criteria for this aspect (now entitled Knowing
your club and its community) is being introduced via the licensed NGBs and
CSPs to help clubs take practical and relevant steps to be more accessible. This
will help clubs recruit and retain members from all sections of its community.
What has changed?
The key difference is that it is no longer essential for a club to attend ‘A
club for all' workshop'. The club now has to produce an Equity Action Plan.
This should be a short summary of how to recruit and retain members based on
fairness and can be either separate or part of the overall club development
plan. The club can still send people on the course as it is an excellent support
Equity in your coaching is still a requirement for coaches but we will be
introducing equity tasks which will be a requirement for all coaches to
complete. These tasks will be based on practical application of understanding
Why have the changes been introduced?
There are a number of reasons, but the main factors are:
in response to club feedback that it can be difficult to access appropriate
courses that can hold up the Clubmark process.
the Clubmark advisory group felt that the courses were not producing
tangible outcomes and were considered by some to be a ‘tick box' exercise.
The new methods will ensure that support and information is more accessible
(new online learning opportunities coming soon), results can be evidenced to an
increase in participation leading to more sustainable clubs.
What do I need to do now?
If you are a licensed NGB/CSP officer, you need to take
responsibility for communication to clubs, information is being cascaded down
from the National lead officer and is available on the Clubmark
website. You may also need to be prepared to answer queries from clubs and
support them in drawing up appropriate actions.
If you are an accredited club, you do not have to take any
action now. However, we advise that, you introduce the action plan as part of
the annual health check. This will ensure that you are prepared for
re-accreditation and may also increase your membership.
If you are actively working towards Clubmark, you need to
check with your licensing organisation to find out when they will be
implementing the new criteria.
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