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Club Accreditation

Gaining accreditation demonstrates that a club has addressed issues such as equality and child protection and gives confidence to parents who are choosing a club for their children. Accredited clubs have demonstrated that they comply with minimum standards in four areas.

  • The playing programme
  • Duty of care and safeguarding and protecting children and young people
  • Knowing your club and its community
  • Club management

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 such as safeguarding and equity, provides parents with the 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.
  • Funding - Many funding bodies state that applicants must be Clubmark accredited or working towards.
  • Facilities - 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.
  • 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.

Sport England's Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections.

They have produced a 'Pathway to accreditation' so you can answer some questions in order to find out which organisation to contact to register an interest.

For further information please visit Clubmark.

County Durham Sport, as part of a North East CSP panel, can accredit your club if you have a non-accrediting National Governing Body. For more information, please contact Catherine Watson on 07860 504 060 or email  

The documents below will provide you with more information on club accreditation, what it involves, which sports can become accredited and the support available for clubs.

For more information on Clubmark please go to:

We can now provide a list of sports which are licensed to accredit clubs with Clubmark or a sport-specific equivalent.

Please find attached the latest CSP benchmarking report, produced by KKP to cover the period from September 2010 to September 2011, including national, regional and local information on the number of sports clubs that have achieved and are working towards Clubmark. The report has been extended to also include information on volunteering and national sports participation.

Click here to view Sept 2010 - Sept 2011

See the 2010 figures

English Federation Disability Sport (EFDS) Clubmark

The English Federation Disability Sport (EFDS) have developed criteria for those multi sport or single sport disability clubs who would like to achieve Clubmark.

To be eligible for EFDS Clubmark, your club must have disabled members and be promoting itself as a club that welcomes disabled people for sport. If your club is already affiliated to a National Governing Body, it is recommended that you work towards their version of Clubmark rather than the EFDS version.

For more information on EFDS Clubmark please contact Catherin Watson on 07860 504 060  or email