What is Clubmark

Clubmark is a cross sport accreditation scheme for community clubs that has raised the standards of delivery, welfare and programmes within clubs.

Since August 2019 Sport England is no longer providing general support for accreditation through Clubmark.

We are currently developing a new self-analysis tool that will allow clubs to perform a ‘health check’, expected to launch in early 2020. In the meantime we have our Club Improvement Tool here to support your development journey.

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.

NGBs that run accreditation schemes

Principles of Club Development

Clubmark took clubs through a development journey under four key areas. These areas are explored below and under each of the categories there are lots of great resources to help you continue to develop your club using the principles that we developed through Clubmark.

  • Activity / Playing Programme
    This section looks at the opportunities a club provides, when it is providing them and how and by whom they are being delivered. Clubs are asked to think about how their session engages new members and are inclusive to all. It also ensures that the people running activities are suitably trained and qualified.
  • Duty of Care and Welfare
    It is the duty of every club to take steps to ensure that members, volunteers, and visitors can enjoy the opportunities offered by the club in a safe environment. This section encourages clubs to meet minimum best practice standards in these areas. Duty of Care and Welfare covers everything from identifying a Welfare Officer who is there to support club members, to completing risk assessments and demonstrating reporting processes.
  • Knowing your Club and Community
    This section is all about the culture of a club. It is important to promote the right culture so that the policies, practices and ethos encourage all members to adopt an inclusive, friendly approach to sport. This section focuses on knowing the club’s members, what they like, how they want to get information from the club and what they want for the future of the club, as well as getting to know the community around the club and how it could meet local needs.
  • 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 an emergency. This section supports the establishment of good governance practices and financial management, engagement with NGB’s and encourages the development of a plan to help the club succeed.