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Choosing a sports club for your children

A well run club will welcome questions about their activities and policies.

They will know they have a responsibility to give this kind of information to anyone who leaves a child in their care. The club safety check for parents document available as a PDF under related downloads, outlines key points to check when choosing a sports club for your child.

What is Clubmark accreditation?

Clubmark is a nationally recognised standard designed especially for sports clubs. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards.

  • The Playing Programme - the club must ensure coaching and competition is right for the age and ability of participants, and help children reach their potential
  • Duty of Care and Child Protection - the club must have a child protection policy and a Child Welfare Officer. Children's welfare must be embedded in all club activities

Clubs looking for a template Child Protection Policy please see Child Protection Policy for sports clubs.

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