As the new editor of the Clubmark newsletter, I would like to welcome you to this year's first edition. As Sport England's new Head of Volunteering, the primary focus of our team is to provide high quality advice and guidance to support the NGB's delivery of Sport England's Grow, Sustain and Excel outcomes.
Clubmark is an important part of this, supporting NGBs with club development and volunteering needs. You can read more about this in the pieces below on our focus for 2010 and Sport England's Centre of Excellence for Volunteering.
For 2010, the focus for Clubmark will be on maintaining momentum with the number of accreditations as well as work to improve the benefits of Clubmark. On the theme of benefits, Sainsbury's Active Kids has now launched, and so far over 350 Sport England Clubmark accredited clubs have registered for the scheme and are collecting vouchers for active equipment, kit and coaching experiences! Vouchers can be collected until 8th June in stores, at petrol stations and when you shop for your groceries online. Visit www.sainsburys.co.uk/activekids and go to the ‘Clubs Zone' where there's loads of information on how to make your campaign a great success.
Finally, have you visited the new area of the Sport England website that highlights partner success in delivering sporting opportunities across the country? The community sport news section will link back to your websites, so to help us put the spotlight on your achievements, you can now send your press releases to firstname.lastname@example.org as well as the usual email@example.com
Thank you for your continued support on Clubmark.
Alexandra Moore Clubmark Editor
P.S. Have your say about the way forward for sports and leisure facilities by completing CCPR's online survey. Simply click onto www.facilitiesinquiry.org.uk to comment on facilities and improvement initiatives.
The Rugby Football Union's drive to ensure that youngsters coming into the game benefit from the very best support systems that clubs can provide reached a major landmark recently when Clevedon RFC from Somerset became the 500th club to attain Seal of Approval (Clubmark) accreditation for its Mini & Youth set-up.
Prestwich Cricket, Tennis and Bowling Club (PCTBC) has obtained Clubmark accreditation from GreaterSport for its Crown Green Bowling section and almost simultaneously has been awarded Charter Standard for its football section from the F.A.
This year, we will be introducing a new section to the newsletter to highlight the questions we are often asked. To kick this off, here are a couple of recent questions and answers...
Are clubs still required to attend 'A Club for All' training?
The criteria for the equity and ethics section altered last year and can now be found in the Knowing your club and its community section. The key difference is that Clubmark criteria does not insist that attendance at ‘A Club for all' workshop' is essential.
The club now has to produce an Equity Action Plan or incorporate equity actions within its club development 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 opportunity and some NGBs and CSPs still require you to do this so it is essential that you check with your licensing organisation.
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 accessibility.
In addition, runningsports has been updating and revamping the 'Club for All' course to make it more relevant. This is also likely to be available online in the near future so watch this space for more information on this.
If you haven't put action points into your club development plan, now is the time to consider it... before your next annual health check. Remember, where possible, involve as many people as you can in your planning, as this is likely to lead to best results.
Can martial arts associations and clubs get Clubmark accreditation?
While we are very sympathetic, it is important to re-iterate that Clubmark is a Sport England product for clubs that are affiliated to a Sport England recognised NGB. Many martial arts clubs choose not to affiliate to the Sport England recognised NGB and are, therefore, not eligible for accreditation.
In a comparable case, many karate clubs are not eligible because Sport England does not currently recognise any body as the NGB for the sport. Once appropriate governance is established we intend, given that all key licensing criteria are met, to admit karate clubs to the Clubmark family as quickly as possible.
Visit the Clubmark website for more FAQs or if you have a question, you would like answering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include FAQ in the subject line.
Alexandra Moore is Sport England's new Head of Volunteering. Previously Alexandra has worked for Greater Manchester Sports Partnership as Development Director where her responsibilities included workforce development, education and skills.
Prior to Greater Manchester Sports Partnership, she spent six years in Leisure Management and two years as a Senior Consultant for a Sports and Leisure Consultancy.
Clubmark continues to go from strength to strength. More than 5,800 clubs are now accredited with a further 4,400 working towards accreditation. But where do we want to get to by the end of 2010... More
...about Sport England's Centre of Excellence for Volunteering (COEV)
The Centre of Excellence for Volunteering sits as part of the NGB and Sport Directorate and consists of Alexandra Moore who is the Head of Volunteering with Kirsty Clarke and Sophie Tobin who are Senior Volunteering Managers. The primary focus of the team is to provide high quality advice and guidance to support the NGB's delivery of Sport England's Grow, Sustain and Excel outcomes.
The remit of the team extends to the relationship management of an important portfolio of National Funded Partners and Sport England programmes which aim to enhance our volunteering and wider club development solutions. These include Volunteering England, National Association for Voluntary and Community Action, Skills Active, Running Sports and Clubmark.
To ensure that the NGBs have access to the most relevant information the COEV works closely with a number of third sector partners to help widen our scope when it comes to volunteering and club development opportunities. The third sector infrastructure has huge potential to have a positive impact on community sport, through their support networks and ability to engage those from outside a traditional sport setting. Sport also has a great deal of good practice that others sectors have already taking interest in adopting and we see now as a fantastic opportunity to facilitate some of this sharing. We see such partnerships as those between sport and the third sector as important in their potential to support the growth and development of volunteering and increases in participation in sport, particularly as we work towards the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Clubmark represents an important part of the COEV programme in terms of supporting NGBs with club development and volunteering needs. The COEV will be working closely with KKP to ensure Clubmark continues to hold a strong position within the strategic landscape.
Summary of accredited clubs
Congratulations to all our latest Clubmark clubs...
AAA Cheerleading Club, Abbey Hotel Golf & Country Club, Aim High Trampoline Club, Akitas Barling Magna Judo Club, Akitas Rayleigh Judo Club, Akitas Southend Judo Club, Altrincham Judo Club, Andover BMX Club, Ashbourne RUFC, Barnet Trampolining Club, Barrow Farm Group Riding & Carriage Driving for the Disabled, Batley Boys, Bedford House Gym Club, Birchwood Park Golf Club, Blackburn with Darwen Acrobatic Gymnastic Club, Blue Mountain Golf Centre, Bolton Gym Club, Boston Squash Club, Bourne RFC, Bourton Vale CC, Bracken Company of Archers, Broad Plain RFC, Bungay Cherry Tree AC, Burnham-on-Sea RFC, Chalford CC, Cherry Willingham Judo Club, Chess Valley RFC, Chester Sailing & CC, Chesterfield Panthers RFC, Chichester Olympic Gym Club, Clevedon RFC, Coach House Riding School, Cold Ashby Golf Club, Corley CC, Cramlington TTC, Crewe & Nantwich Korfball, Cycle Oxford CC, Deal & Betteshanger RFC, Dentokon Ipswich Aikido Club , Deva Handball Club, Dewsbury Celtic, E.J.B Gymnastics Club, East Norfolk GC, Eastgate Squash Club, Eclipse Gymnastics Club, Everton Tigers, Fenland Flyers Trampoline Club, Ferndown Gymnastic Club, Ferryhill Wheels, Fleming Park Judo Club, Friary Judo Club, Futunity UK Gymnastics Club, Gang Warily Gymnastics Club, Gemini Gym Club, Glossop RFC, Gog Magog Golf Club, Grove & Didcot Gym Club, Harrogate Harriers, Harrow Squash Club, Hartlepool Table Tennis Club, Harwich & Dovercourt Golf Club, Head Over Heels Gymnastics, Henley Golf Club, Hull FC, Huncote G.T.C, Hunslet Warriors Rugby League Football Club, Jarrow Vikings, Jump Trampoline Club, Leatherhead & Dorking Gym Club, Leicester Squash Club, Lexden Wood Golf Club, Liphook Golf Club, Long Buckby RFC, Lumb Farm Country Club, Lymington ARC, Maidenhead RFC, Marham Judo Club, Market Harborough SquashClub, Marple RUFC, Middlesbrough Gymnastics Club, Middleton Hall Golf Club, Mowsbury Golf Club, Mullion Gymnastics Centre, Newsome Panthers Juniors Rugby League Football Club, Northampton Rhythmic Gym Club, Northwich Multi Sports Club, Nottingham Outlaws, Outdoor Adventure Group, Pendle Forest Orienteers, Pendlebury Coyotes Inline Roller Hockey, Pewsey Vale RFC, Portland Judo Club, Prestwich Cricket, Tennis & Bowling Club, Quayside Judo Club, Redditch, Redditch Rugby Club (Squash Section), Richmondshire Gymnastics Club, Rochdale Mayfield Rugby League Football Club, Rockhampton CC, Rowhedge TT Centre, Royston Rockets BMX Racing Club, Shudonkan Aikido Club Preston, Smiles For Everyone, Splits Gymnastics, Stourbridge CC, Stratford On Avon Rockets (S.O.A.R), Swift Gymnastics, Telford Raiders Rugby League Football Club, The Parks, The Shropshire Golf Club, Thoresby Colliery CC, Tooting Gymnastics Club, Tynemouth Golf Club, Wath Brow Hornets Rugby League Football Club, West Dorset Gymnastics Club, Westbury & District CC, Wilts, Westgate Badminton Centre, Whitehall RFC, Wigton Squash Club, Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club, Witley Yamabushi Judo Club, Woodhall Spa Golf Club, York Golf Club, York Hotshots...
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