Leatherhead bowling Club is no stranger to achieving Clubmark accreditation. The club was first accredited 4 years ago, via the Clubmark paper based system. The club then successfully achieved their re-accreditation through theClubmark online portal. In fact, Leatherhead Bowls were the first Club in Surrey to achieve Clubmark. Their Assessor James Lovell, from Active Surry comments “Leatherhead Bowls was the first club we helped through the online process - so it was a learning curve for both of us.”
The biggest difference between the paper based system and the new Clubmark online portal was the structure provided by the club improvement tool. According to Club Secretary David Lokkerbol, the online portal helped with many aspects of club improvement, ranging from “a framework for modernising club management practices” to “helping persuade the local Council to grant a favourable and extended lease for our Clubhouse.”
For many clubs, taking on so much at once would seem a daunting task. However using the Clubmark online portal, theclub development plan, tools and resources available on the Club Matters website, Leatherhead Bowls have achieved it all!
David comments “As a result of Clubmark, our processes are now in very good shape and have proven robust. Our recruitment now runs at about 10% per year, we have a good lease for 25 years, we have achieved additional funding from 2 providers to date and are hopeful of a third to complete the funding of a new clubhouse.”
Leatherhead Bowling have subsequently become an exemplary role model to other clubs, and have offered to support other clubs going through the online accreditation process.
Watch the video below to find out more about Leatherhead Bowls success with achieving their Clubmark accreditation: