Clubmark is a Sport England initiative that provides a ‘kitemark’ of quality for sports clubs. Its purpose is to identify and acknowledge those clubs that have shown that they are properly and efficiently managed, that provide a safe environment for young players to learn and enjoy their sport, and that have a high standard of equity and ethics towards all members.
Clubs that have gained Sport England Clubmark status are therefore nationally recognised as being run in a safe, effective and child-friendly manner.
The Clubmark accreditation scheme is fully integrated with Safe Hands, the ECB’s welfare of young people in cricket policy.
How is Clubmark status achieved?
Clubs must meet minimum criteria in the following categories:
- child protection
- coaching and competition
- sports equity and ethics
- club management.
Streatham & Marlborough CC was awarded Clubmark status in September 2009 which was reaccredited in November 2012, November 2015 and October 2018. During the summer and autumn of 2019, we have been going through the process of a full re-accreditation. We have passed with flying colours on all but one point. We expect to be fully re-accredited in early 2020 once that point has been resolved.
Why is Clubmark important?
As well as ensuring that the latest child protection standards are being met, each club that gains accreditation will:
- be better organised as a club
- be networked into local and national sports organisations that can provide further support to Clubmark clubs
- be promoted in their local community and on a national database
- be better placed to succeed in any future funding applications.