What is Clubmark

Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports Clubs.

It stands 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.

Are you eligible?

medium-content-01To achieve Clubmark status, a Club is accredited by either the National Governing Body for its sport (NGB) or by the County Sports Partnership (CSP) operating in its geographic area. To see a list of NGBs and CSPs, click here. Only Clubs affiliated to a Sport England recognised NGB can gain Clubmark.

Clubs working towards Clubmark accreditation can seek support and advice from their NGB/CSP alongside accessing tools and templates from Club Matters to help guide Clubs through the process.

medium-content-02Most Clubs, once they get started, find that they are well on the way to achieving Clubmark accreditation without having realised it.

Start my Clubmark Accreditation online

What are the benefits of Clubmark?

The benefits of Clubmark are:

  • 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 that 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

Clubmark Criteria

Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports Clubs. The accreditation is based on four key areas of Club Development, each of which must be supported by specific evidence collected by the Club. The four key Club Development areas are:

  • Activity / Playing Programme
    Your Club needs to look at the opportunities you are providing, when you are providing them, how you are delivering them and by whom
  • Duty of Care and Welfare
    It is the duty of every Club to and to take steps to ensure that members, volunteers, and visitors can enjoy the sport offered by the Club in a safe environment
  • Knowing your Club and Community
    It is important to promote the right culture in your Club so that its policies, practices and ethos encourage all members to adopt an inclusive, friendly approach to sport
  • Club Management
    Clubs that are well managed tend to be more successful and sustainable for the future as well as being prepared in the event of emergencies

Download the Clubmark criteria here

It is worth noting that some NGBs have their own sport specific accreditation (which incorporates the Clubmark criteria). Click here to see if your sport has its own accreditation.

Register here to start your Clubmark online application

Complete the expression of interest form below, giving your Club contact details and indicating your NGB and CSP, and your local Clubmark Assessor will be in touch.

Start my Clubmark Accreditation online

Find a Clubmark Club

Clubmark accredited clubs can be found on the Club Matters website. You can search for these using the ‘My Club’ and ‘Find a Club’ tab. All Clubmark accredited Clubs will have a Clubmark logo.

You can search for Clubmark Clubs using the following button:

Search Club Matters for Clubmark Clubs

Contact us / Further information

If you have more questions about Clubmark or if you would like to find out more you can do so through one of the following:

  • For quick reference, see our FAQs that cover the most common Clubmark queries
  • If your NGB has their own Sport Specific version of Clubmark, you can ask them any specific queries directly and they will be able to offer you support through the process
  • If you local CSP is Clubmark licensed, you can contact them directly for local support through the assessment process
  • If you would like to speak to someone on our team you can email us at