Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs.It stands 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.

A 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.


Are you eligible?

To achieve Clubmark status, a Club is accredited by either the National Governing Body for its sport (NGB) or by Wesport (CSP) operating in the West of England area. To see a list of NGBs and CSPs, click here. Only Clubs affiliated to a Sport England recognised NGB can gain Clubmark.

Clubs working towards Clubmark accreditation can seek support and advice from their NGB/CSP alongside accessing tools and templates from Club Matters to help guide Clubs through the process.

Clubmark has moved to an online system recently, making the process more efficient accessible and efficient.

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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


Clubmark criteria

Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports Clubs. The accreditation is based on four key areas of Club Development, each of which must be supported by specific evidence collected by the Club. The four key Club Development areas are:

  • Activity / Playing Programme
  • Duty of Care and Welfare
  • Knowing your Club and Community
  • Club Management