Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections. National governing bodies of sport (NGBs) and county sport partnerships (CSPs) work with local sports clubs to ensure high quality opportunities are available for young people.
Sport England recognises and values the commitment made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants. The development of clubs that encourage young people to take-up sport, improve their talents, possibly play a leadership role and give them the option to initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport is an essential part of supporting the sporting infrastructure in England.
Clubmark was introduced in 2002 by Sport England to:
- Ensure that accrediting partners apply core common criteria to ensure that consistent good practice and minimum operating standards are delivered through all club development and accreditation schemes.
- To empower parent(s)/carer(s) when choosing a club for their children.
- To ensure that Clubmark accredited clubs are recognised through a common approach to branding.
- To provide a focus around which all organisations involved in sport can come together to support good practice in sports clubs working with children and young people.
Clubmark accreditation is awarded to clubs that comply with minimum operating standards in four areas:
- The playing programme
- Duty of care and safeguarding and protecting children and young people
- Knowing your club and its community
- Club management
Ashton on Mersey CTC were first awarded Clubmark in 2006. This was successfully renewed in 2009 and in 2012 reaccreditation is iminent. As part of Clubmark, members are made aware of a number of club policies which creates a safe and encouraging environment for all people, including the Code of Conduct for Members and Guests.
Further Clubmark documents will be made available to members and released here shortly.