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Sport England has worked with NGBs to develop core criteria for clubs – to set standards to which they should all aspire. National governing bodies adopt these criteria within their own development and accreditation programmes.


All clubs work through their NGB to gain Clubmark recognition. Clubmark – sets criteria in the following categories:

  • Duty of care and child protection
  • Coaching and competition
  • Sports equity and ethics
  • Club management.

The development of Clubmark by Sport England has two main objectives:

  • To ensure that NGB accreditation programmes contain the core criteria of safe, effective and child-friendly clubs
  • To enable parents/carers and sports professionals to recognise an accredited club through a common branding.

Gaining accreditation will be challenging for many clubs. Some will already operate to the standards set by NGBs, but many others will need to undergo a considerable amount of development work. Clubs that commit to working towards Clubmark accreditation will benefit from the support programmes being developed by Sport England and NGBs.