Clubmark accreditation recognises cricket clubs that are safe, effective and child friendly when it comes to delivering junior cricket. The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme ‘Clubmark’ to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
In Wiltshire there is lots of support for clubs that wish to go through the ECB Clubmark process. However, the first point of call should be through Pete Sykes who will be able to meet with you and help decide upon the best process by which ECB Clubmark accreditation can be achieved.
ECB Clubmark gives your club an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices within your club. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
ECB Clubmark is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs and is licensed from Sport England as part of their wider Clubmark scheme.
ECB Clubmark shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. Clubmark accreditation also means your club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right option for their young people.
To obtain accreditation, clubs are asked to provide evidence that they meet a series of criteria. This is done by loading documents onto an online portal and by demonstrating good practice at a site visit conducted by an allocated Club Support Officer. A copy of the criteria can be found HERE
Accreditation lasts for 3 years at which point the club will complete a re-accreditation exercise. In the intervening 2 years there is a requirement to complete an annual health check to maintain accreditation.
What does it mean to work towards and achieve ECB Clubmark?
ECB Clubmark intends to build upon the current practices within your club. Each cricket club that registers to work towards ECB Clubmark will approach the process in a different way and be embarking on the process from different starting positions. ECB Clubmark takes this in to account allowing you to work through the process at your own pace utilising existing polices and procedures within your cricket club.
The emphasis of ECB Clubmark is self help. It is like anything else in life, if someone else does it for you, you never learn or change your ways. The support resources in ECB Clubmark are intended to provide as much information as possible to cricket clubs, to use, amend and adopt within your individual club circumstances.
Some of the outcomes associated with ECB Clubmark include:
- A culture change within community cricket clubs, embedding the standards within ECB Clubmark in to the everyday running of your cricket club.
- Engaging the whole club membership to support the high quality development of junior cricket
- A well managed cricket club off the pitch, which translates to well organised activity on the pitch
- Eligibility for key funding programmes including England and Wales Cricket Trust Interest Free Loan Scheme and ECB Grant Aid opportunities
- Achieving and maintaining high standards of junior development
- Receiving reward and recognition from your national governing body, County Cricket Board and partners locally.
- Investing in and sustaining the future of your cricket club by prioritising junior club membership
Throughout Wiltshire we have several clubs accredited with Clubmark status. Alongside these many more are registered and working towards it. Clubmark has been awarded to these clubs in recognition of the professionalism and their excellent conduct across many different areas of junior cricket. Clubmark, once achieved, can help open up several doors in terms of funding opportunities, subsidies and other such benefits
In Wiltshire we currently have the following clubs who are accredited:
- Burbage and Easton Royal
- Redlynch and Hale
- South Wilts
- Steeple Langford
- Westbury and District
- Royal Wootton Bassett