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Clubmark was a cross sport accreditation scheme for community clubs that has raised the standards of delivery, welfare and programmes within clubs.

However, since August 2019 Sport England is no longer providing general support for accreditation through Clubmark.


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March 24th 2014


18-Dec-2017 Edgworth Bowling Club retains its high status

EDGWORTH Bowling Club was awarded Clubmark status after being assessed by their governing body, the British Crown Green Bowling Association and were were presented with the award by the President of the BCGBA on Monday, March 24th 2014 at the club.

In 2017, the Clubmark accreditation rules were ammended and is now reassessed every 12 months.  The re-affirmation of the award recognises the continuing work that the Club has done with young people in the borough since 2006 in partnership with Turton and Edgworth Church of England Methodist Primary School and the Blackburn with Darwen Junior Bowls Partnership.

Only a handful of other bowling clubs from across the UK have achieved Clubmark status.

Edgworth Bowling Club’s clubmark officer Peter Russell said: “As a club we believe the future of the game lies with young people and experience has shown that the sooner they are introduced to the game the better and, like riding a bike, they never forget it.”

President of the British Crown Green Bowling Association, Chris Hasselby said: “Edgworth Bowling Club is one of only three other crown green bowling clubs throughout the country that we have awarded Clubmark status to which speaks volumes.”

Clubmark Documentation

"What is Clubmark" ?

Benefits of Clubmark
As a single, national standard, Clubmark gives sports clubs of all types structure and direction. Clubs awarded Clubmark have seen many tangible benefits, such as:
Increased membership
Addressing issues like equity and child protection gives parents confidence when choosing a club for their children.

Retaining members
Clubmark stimulates real thought about how clubs cater for junior and all members. The culture it promotes boosts the morale of players and ensures that volunteers are recognised for their contributions.

Continuous improvement
Accreditation encourages a club to adopt better, more organised systems and structures, thus helping them to run more effectively and efficiently.

Many funding bodies state that applicants must be Clubmark accredited or working towards.

More and more local authorities and other leisure operators give priority-booking slots to Clubmark accredited clubs. Some also offer discounted rates for facility hire.

Developing coaches
As part of Clubmark, clubs are entitled to receive help to develop the skills of coaches. This, in turn leads to better quality provision and improved player performance. Parents can be confident that appropriately qualified coaches are deployed.

Clubmark promotes a volunteer culture where hard work and dedication is recognised. Once accredited, clubs find more people are keen to get involved, especially parents.

Links With Schools

Increasingly, schools are looking for guarantees of quality and the presence of child- friendly systems and procedures. Clubmark clubs are normally the first invited to work with local schools and schools are being encouraged to signpost pupils to Clubmark clubs.

Raised profile
Clubmark is a highly valued accreditation. As well as raising the profile with local authorities, NGBs and other sporting and community bodies, all accredited clubs are listed on a national database and in other directories, to help them to publicise what they do, attract new members and grow.

Marketing and communication
Clubmark gives clubs the confidence to promote themselves. All Clubmark clubs can access the Clubmark member's area, utilise the Clubmark logo and take advantage of other brand resources as well as bespoke information to help generate more publicity. The universal brand, recognising quality clubs across more than 30 sports is a really valuable marketing tool.

Club development
The foundation for any club is its youth structure. The Clubmark accreditation process is designed to assist clubs to attract and cater for young members, and build a strong future.

"Working through the Clubmark process gives our club the opportunity to review the current policies and procedures and create a focused and structured plan for the development of our junior and beginner sections."
Not forgetting the most important reason of all - the positive impact Clubmark has on the way in which clubs think about and provide for young people!!

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