The Somerset Cricket Board want to encourage all of their affiliated clubs to register for Clubmark Accreditation.
If your club takes the welfare of its junior members seriously and wants to provide a junior section that is recognised as being well organised, the ECB ClubMark accreditation scheme is for you.
Clubmark is the ECB's national accreditation and is used to create a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
ClubMark has been developed with Sport England to set down a set of simple criteria and a support process for you to work through that will enable you to gain accreditation.
There are a number of people and organisations who will support your club through the ECB Clubmark process including your County Cricket Board led by the CDM, Andy Fairbairn, Senior Development Officer, Brian Hoyle, a nominated Clubmark Accreditor and the County Sports Partnership.
What does it mean to work towards and achieve ECB Clubmark?
ECB Clubmark gives your club an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledging and developing existing practices within your club. Each cricket club 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.
Cricket clubs are required to undertake a site visit, present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes and complete the production of an online Club Development Plan.
The emphasis of ECB Clubmark is self-help. The support resources in ECB Clubmark are intended to provide as much information as possible to cricket clubs, to use, amend and adopt within your individual club circumstances.
The Outcomes associated with ECB Clubmark include:
- A culture change within community cricket clubs, embedding the standards within ECB Clubmark in to the everyday running of your cricket club.
- Engaging the whole club membership to support the high quality development of junior cricket
- A well-managed cricket club off the pitch, which translates to well organised activity on the pitch
- Eligibility for key funding programmes including England and Wales Cricket Trust Interest Free Loan Scheme and ECB Grant Aid opportunities
- Achieving and maintaining high standards of junior development
- Receiving reward and recognition from your national governing body, County Cricket Board and partners locally.
- Investing in and sustaining the future of your cricket club by prioritising junior club membership
More importantly the ClubMark logo can be carried on any club literature and promotional materials, which confirms your commitment to a safe child friendly junior section which will appeal to:
Local Parents / Local School Teachers
Local Community Groups
Funding Agencies / Commercial Sponsors
Local Authority Sports Development Teams
Once registered ECB will send you, via your CDM, the following to help you work towards ClubMark:
A Cricket Assessment File that outlines the key criteria that needs to be met and the evidence you need to produce to show you have met the criteria of :
- Duty of care and child welfare
- Coaching and competition
- Sports equity and ethics
- Club Management
Access to the ECB Clubmark website providing club support information and templates including:
A Model Club Constitution/Model codes of conduct /Model equity policy
Model volunteer job descriptions /Model accident report forms /Model attendance registers
Club Development Planning tempaltes
Please follw the links below to access the ECB Club Development Planning templates which clubs may find useful when submitting their annual club development plans:
In addition you will be allocated a Somerset Cricket Board Clubmark Nominated Officer, who will guide and assist you through the process of Accreditation.
Further information and templates can be found on the Clubmark section of the ECB website at http://www.ecb.co.uk/development/club-cricket/clubmark/.
The following clubs have either gained or are working towards, Clubmark Accreditation through the Somerset Cricket Board.
Chew Magna CC
Hinton Charterhouse CC
Huish & Langport CC
Huntspill & District CC
Midsomer Norton CC
North Newton CC
North Perrott CC
North Petherton CC
Old Bristolians Westbury CC
Shapwick & Polden CC
South Petherton CC
Taunton Deane CC
Temple Cloud CC
Uphill Castle CC