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What is Clubmark?

Clubmark Accreditation Guide

What is Clubmark?


Clubmark is the universally acknowledged across the sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs.


It stands for:

  • Higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management in community sport 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.


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


How do we go about it?


First, visit the Club Matters website. There, you will find everything you need. Follow the links to the Clubmark materials and register your interest as a sub-aqua club. You will be allocated an assessor who is a member of the BSAC team. 

You can continue assembling your evidence, submitting it for assessment as you complete each segment and discussing the outcome with your assessor until the time is reached for a visit and hopefully your final assessment.