2012 goal achieved early as Clubmark accredits 10,000th club
Sport England's Clubmark scheme, which recognises sports clubs that create safe, high-quality and welcoming environments for young people, has achieved its 2012 goal to accredit 10,000 clubs 13 months ahead of schedule.
Introduced in 2002, Clubmark accreditation recognises the role sports clubs play in encouraging young people to take up sport, learn new skills, fulfil their potential and maintain lifelong participation.
It recognises best-practice and compliance with minimum operating standards in:
- Club management
- Safeguarding and protecting children and young people
- Creating the right combination of coaching, training and competition
- Promoting a child-friendly culture appropriate to the local community.
With 10,500 clubs across 50 sports now accredited, Clubmark continues to go from strength to strength, with clubs reaping tangible benefits such as increased participation, support developing coaches and volunteers, and improved links with schools.
Accredited clubs also receive marketing and communications support and help in adopting more organised systems and structures to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
A club is accredited through either its recognised national governing body (NGB) or county sports partnership, and must therefore, be affiliated to the relevant NGB.
Once accredited, clubs are provided with a bank of relevant, up-to-date information and support, as well as news and examples of best practice in working with children and young people.
Sport England's Chair, Richard Lewis, said: "In our drive to get more children and young people playing sport both in the run up to 2012 and beyond, we need to ensure that the places where they play are safe and welcoming and offer high-quality experiences that encourage them to keep taking part."Click here to find out more about Clubmark