In November 2016 Sport England/Clubmatters launched their new CLUBMARK online accreditation module. This is from the Clubmatters website:
What is Clubmark
Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports Clubs.
It stands for:
· Higher standards of welfare, equity, coaching and management in community sports Clubs
· Making sure the nation’s sports Club infrastructure is safer, stronger and more successful
It shows that a Club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages 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.
The Academy first achieved Clubmark accreditation in 2009 and has now become just the second table tennis club in the country to obtain Clubmark via the new online module. The five strong Academy Committee started their application soon after its launch in November 2016. There was activity every week by the Committee in updating previous policies and procedures to the current requirement. There are four main areas in the accreditation process with 53 separate questions and actions to be answered/put in place! A lot of work but worth it.
In September 2016 the Academy moved their junior (aged 7 to 16 year old) table tennis coaching club to Tottington High School. The Academy formed a partnership with the school and about eighteen months ago started a new Community Satellite Club on Tuesdays from 7 to 9pm. It is open to all ages and abilities. The school now delivers table tennis as part of the curriculum which links very well to what the Academy offer. They have seen a growth in their Friday night numbers as a direct result in the table tennis being delivered during school hours. There are plans to increase their twelve tables as a result of this growth.