As a club we are very proud to have been awarded our Clubmark status.
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
Clubmark benefits include a strengthening of the club by BTC and Association policies and procedures being shown as actively in place, further coach development, improved profile for marketing, links to schools and community venues and funding opportunities. This accreditation, supported by Sport England, was initially for clubs with junior sections but has now been rolled out to adult-only clubs.
In September 2015, we held a BTC supported THIS GIRL CAN evening, encouraging new and existing female members to show everyone that ‘they can!!’. The evening was a huge success.