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Cornish sports clubs up their game for juniors

Gylly group shot (c) Matthew Stone

Two Cornish sports clubs have recently proven they're playing at the highest level they can for young people by achieving a nationally recognised standard of accreditation.

Gyllyngvase Surf Lifesaving Club in Falmouth and Cornish Sharks American Football Club in Newquay are the first two clubs in Cornwall to have achieved Clubmark accreditation through the Cornwall Sports Partnership's Club Support Programme; creating a safe, child friendly and effective place for juniors to enjoy their sport.

Clubmark is the only national quality accreditation scheme for sports clubs, built around core criteria that ensure accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards. 

To assist more clubs in the county to improve what they do by gaining this quality mark, the Cornwall Sports Partnership (CSP) has recently been awarded the licence to accredit Clubmark. To simplify the process, the CSP has designed a free Club Support Programme, to take clubs step-by-step through the Clubmark scheme as well as offering support in a number of other areas such as funding and coach development.
 
Matthew Stone, President of Gyllyngvase Surf Lifesaving Club, comments:  "We signed up for the Clubmark programme to ensure the we have excellent standards in club management, safeguarding and protecting young people as well as helping to get the club integrated within the local community.

"We found that we were fulfilling much of the criteria before we even began the process, and we simply needed to collect the evidence to back it up. Now Clubmark has been achieved, we are able to highlight our commitment to providing a successful, safe and well managed surf lifesaving and triathlon club to our community.

"The Cornwall Sports Partnership has been a great help throughout the journey. Without their friendly advice, it would have proved more difficult to achieve the accreditation."

Club Development Officer at the Cornwall Sports Partnership, Natasha Howard, says: "Being able to offer clubs this level of assistance through the Club Support Programme and with Clubmark is fantastic. It gives us the chance to make a real difference in the county by helping clubs to improve their sport, and to make sure that their members all receive the security and benefits that being an accredited club offers."

There are currently 16 other sports clubs in Cornwall benefiting from the CSP's Club Support Programme, all receiving a high level of assistance in developing their club and working towards their accreditation. If you would be interested in your club receiving these free benefits, please contact the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323344 or visit www.cornwallsportspartnership.co.uk to find out more.