SASSOT recognises and values the commitment made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young people. The development of clubs that encourage young people to take-up sport, improve their talents and give them the option to initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport is an essential part of our work to support the sporting infrastructure throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Club accreditation is endorsed by all the main sporting, youth and education agencies involved in the delivery of sporting opportunity for young people as clubs with quality assured junior sections.
Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports Clubs.
Clubmark aims to make sure the nation’s sports Club infrastructure is safer, stronger and more successful and stands for higher standards of welfare, equality, coaching and management in community sports Clubs.
It will show that your Club provides the right environment ensuring the welfare of members and encouraging 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.
Clubmark can help you to improve your Club by…
Setting clear goals and objectives
Ensuring your Club is running effectively and efficiently
Updating policies, training and systems
Accredited Clubs are able to use Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme
How can your Club achieve Clubmark?
The Clubmark accreditation process is now online and can be found on the Club Matters website.
To start your Clubmark accreditation, follow these simple steps:
To access the main Clubmark website, click here and find all the resources you need.
SASSOT have recently developed a club accreditation award called QualityMark, this is for sports clubs throughout the county that are not eligible to apply for Clubmark or FA Charter Standard.
These would include many clubs and organisations that do not have an NGB or there NGB is not recognised by Sport England (see below table for an example list of sports):
Australian Rules Football
The SASSOT QualityMark criteria is aligned with the Clubmark standards in order to ensure that the schemes complement each other and sports clubs that achieve this award will receive similar benefits as associated with Clubmark.
As a single, national standard, Club Accreditation gives sports clubs of all types structure and direction.Clubs awarded accreditation have seen many tangible benefits, such as:
If your club is currently working towards Clubmark or your sport specific accreditation, then visit the Resources page by clicking on the link below.
If you are interested in your sports club becoming accredited please contact;