Link to SBH Clubmark Document – SBH Clubmark Updated April 2017
Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers is one of the few athletics clubs in England with the full Clubmark status. This accreditation allows us to recruit not only adult members but far more importantly, young athletes. In 2015 only 91 of the 1,000 or so athletics clubs in England had this level of accreditation.
England Athletics ‘Accredited Club’ status forms part of the only national cross sports quality accreditation scheme, ‘Clubmark’. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards.
England Athletics recognises and values the commitment made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for all athletes. The development of athletics clubs which encourages people to take-up sport, improve their talents and initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport is an essential part of our work to support the sporting infrastructure in England.
“Clubmark” accreditation covers four key areas:
- Duty of Care and Safeguarding and Protecting Club Members
- Knowing Your Club and its Community
- Club Management
Benefits to the club
- Improved infrastructure – as part of the accreditation process clubs have to have set policies and procedures in place. In the long run this benefits the club and makes it easier to run
- Increased membership – 80% of clubs have reported an increase in their membership since being accredited
- Retain members – Club Accreditation creates a positive environment which improves the experience for members
- Better access to funding and support – with club accreditation status, clubs receive more support and have better chances of gaining funding from local authorities. Many funding bodies state club accreditation as a requirement
- Priority facility bookings – More and more local authorities and other leisure operators give priority-booking slots to accredited clubs
- Raised profile – once accredited a club will be put on accredited databases. Clubs have access to the Clubmark (junior clubs only) and club accreditation logos to use on publications. On completion of club accreditation clubs are encouraged to share success story with EA and local media
- Links with schools – increasingly, schools are looking for guarantees of quality and the presence of child-friendly systems and procedures. Accredited clubs are normally the first invited to work with local schools and schools are being encouraged to signpost pupils to accredited clubs
Benefits to members
- Reassurance for members – to be accredited a club must have the correct welfare and safeguarding policies in place
- A welcoming and well managed club environment
- Structured pathway – accredited clubs must have a structured pathway for junior members
- Sign of Quality – club accreditation status acts a badge of quality for people looking to join a club
- Reassurance for parents – to be accredited a club must have the correct welfare and child protection policies in place
- More and better supported volunteers – by using templates and procedures introduced through accreditation, volunteers are better supported