Deer Park Archers have been awarded on a number of occasions; be it their recognition as Sport & Recreation Alliance Sports Club of the Year or the Archery GB Club of the Year. One achievement in particular recognition they are very proud of is their Clubmark accreditation.
The Deer Park Archers; they are not for profit, limited liability organisation with a strong focus on the environment.They are also a diverse and growing club with over 200 members and 150 additional members in their satellite clubs. Moreover, 10% of participants have a form of disability, making them a champion for archery being an enjoyable and inclusive sport. Managing all the different aspects of the club during the process could seem daunting, but Deer Park found the support it needed by way of their Clubmark accreditation.
Roger Crang, Club Development Officer, draws parallels to the original paper based accreditation system, commenting that it was “Time consuming and generated a lot of paperwork” in stark contrast to the online Clubmark Portal which they described as, ‘Comprehensive, flexible and provides a lot of support.”
Achieving Clubmark has been of great benefit to the club as the Clubmark processes covered through the accreditation helped to identify a number of areas that would benefit from development. Using the club matters improvement tool, Deer Park Archers has produced a comprehensive Club Development Plan which has helped them to grow and develop their governance structure and their approach to safeguarding. As a direct result, they were able to successfully apply for a grant to contribute towards additional safeguarding training for their coaches.
Watch the video below to find out more about Deer Park’s Clubmark journey