What does it mean to work towards and achieve ECB Clubmark?
ECB Clubmark intends to build upon the current practices within your club. Each cricket club that registers to work towards ECB Clubmark will approach the process in a different way and be embarking on the process from different starting positions. ECB Clubmark takes this in to account allowing you to work through the process at your own pace utilising existing polices and procedures within your cricket club.
“Clubmark shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. Clubmark accreditation also means your club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right option for their young people.”
What does Clubmark stand 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
Benefits of Clubmark
- 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 who 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
The ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme ‘Clubmark’ to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
As an ECB Clubmark accredited club Cam Cricket Club prioritises junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
There are a number of people and organisations who support clubs through the ECB Clubmark process, including the County Cricket Boards, County Sports Partnerships and local Sports Development Units among others.
The Gloucestershire Cricket Board Development Officer, Scott Tremain, helps support Cam CC through the process of maintaining our ECB Clubmark Accreditation which we gained in 2021.
ECB Clubmark gives Cam CC an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cam CC are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of an annual Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
* Duty of Care and Safeguarding Children
* The Cricket Programme
* Knowing your club and its Community – One Game
* Club Management
Clubmark can reassure you that Cam CC is constantly working to produce the best possible environment to develop our young people as well as providing opportunities for senior members to gain skills as officials and coaches.
Click here to view the ECB Club Inclusion and Diversity Policy.
For more information on Clubmark, please contact Simon Lane