|There are currently 27 archery clubs that have achieved Clubmark. Congratulations to Deer Park Archers and Bowmen of Glen Archery Society who are the latest clubs to achieve Clubmark.
To download the Clubmark documentation visit the Registration Process page.
"When we decided to go for Clubmark some 3 years ago, we thought that we already pretty much had everything in place. It still took us about 6 months to complete all the requirements. This was partly due to the need for "A Club for All and "Equity in Coaching" courses but also the need to update some of our procedures and paperwork. Since then, the Clubmark ethic has ensured that we keep well abreast of changes. It has been a big plus point when we applied for grants. We have now submitted our application for re-accreditation" - Gordon Tigar, Secretary and Clubmark Officer, Epping Archers
For more details visit the Archery GB Website.
Cheltenham Archers are working towards this standard, the Clubmark Officers from both deer Park and Chelenham are more than willing to advice/help other clubs that would like to work towards this standard.
Active Gloucestershire has developed a local accreditation standard for Gloucestershire and is encouraging clubs to achieve this over the next 12 months.
It is paramount that any club providing opportunities to young people, under the age of 18, have procedures in place to ensure the safety of all participants and reduce the risk of harm.
Many clubs have either achieved or are working towards the Clubmark Scheme, a National Accreditation Standard for clubs, which sets out minimum standards around Duty of Care/Child Protection, Coaching/Competition, Sports Equity/Ethics and Club Management.
However, there are clubs and organisations that provide opportunities for young people but are not eligible for Clubmark as the activity which they provide is not registered to a National Governing Body. There are also clubs that have shown interest in working towards Clubmark but require support in tackling the four sections that make up the Accreditation.
To help address this Active Gloucestershire has developed a local accreditation scheme called “Club Standards” which not only provides a set of standards for those clubs not eligible for Clubmark but also encourages and supports those working towards Clubmark to focus initially on completing the Duty of Care and Child Protection section first.
The aim of the Club Standards Accreditation is to:
- Encourage more clubs within the county to have child protection standards in place.This willminimise the risk of harm to young people and create safe environments for young people to enjoy sport and physical activity
- Provide a set of standards for clubs that are unable to work towards Clubmark
- Provide a stepping stone for clubs working towards Clubmark through supporting them to achieve many of the requirements from within the “Duty of Care/Child Protection” section of the Clubmark criteria
- Increase the number of quality clubs for schools to establish links with when providing exit routes for young people into community sport.
More details can be accessed on the Active Gloucestershire Website.