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.
“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.”
What does Clubmark stand for?
- Higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management in community sports Clubs
- Making sure the nation’s sports Club infrastructure is safer, stronger and more successful
- It shows that a Club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.
- An accredited Club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know that they’re choosing the right Club for their young people
Benefits of Clubmark
- The development of clear goals and objectives can be communicated to all Club members and the wider community. This highlights the Club’s focus and ambition for the future and provides a solid foundation for all Clubs wishing to grow
- The analysis of the current workforce ensures all training is up to date and the Club is operating at its best
- Adopting more organised systems and structures will help the Club run more efficiently and effectively
- Addressing issues such as equity and child protection should increase parents confidence when choosing the correct Club for their child
- Updating policies, training and systems shows confidence and increased productivity. This in turn attracts schools and local authorities who must ensure quality and child friendly systems and procedures
- Clubmark will assist you to have strategies for recruitment of new members
- Some leisure operators and local authorities may give priority and at times discount to Clubmark accredited Clubs
- Clubmark provides recognition for high quality Clubs
- Members can be sure their club is a well-managed Club, striving to offer the best in coaching and sports development
- There are tangible benefits such as access to the Active Kids scheme where Clubs can apply for equipment
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