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Club Accreditation

Most National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) have a club accreditation scheme and nearly all have Clubmark at their heart.

Many clubs also have the option of becoming registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club (CASC) which is a legal status that gives clubs the following benefits:

  • Tax exemptions and rate relief
  • The ability to claim Gift Aid on donations


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

To start your Clubmark accreditation, follow these simple steps:
■ Create an account with Club Matters
■ Check to make sure your Club is eligible
■ Start your online application form

To access the main Clubmark website, click here and find all the resources you need.


Benefits of Clubmark

Achieving Clubmark can be a time consuming and it is important to make sure that the club committee is behind the application and willing to share responsibility to ensure the standards are met. The biggest benefit to clubs is that the process challenges you to look in detail at how your club is run and gives a framework to make it better. There are range of other benefits however:

  • Recognition that can be used on marketing to new members
  • Increased pride within the club
  • Increased profile particularly when working with other organisations, schools and local authorities
  • Demonstrate to funders that you are a an appropriate club to receive funding
  • Through Sainsbury's Active Kids scheme you can benefit from discounts on sports kit and equipment..

Support with Clubmark

National Governing Body - In most cases, your national governing body will assess you for clubmark and they can also give you support to reach the standard. Some NGBs will be able to provide you with sport specific templates and examples. Find your local NGB contact on the A-Z of Sport pages.

Clubmark Website - The Clubmark website managed by Sport England, is full of information and resources for clubs interested in achieving accreditation. Discover more at www.clubmark.org.uk

Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity - The Oxfordshire Sport and Physical Activity is licensed to award Clubmark. We can also give advice on how to work towards Clubmark as well as wider development support. Find out more on our Support for Clubs pages.

The Child Protection in Sport Unit - Safeguarding and welfare of children is at the heart of Clubmark and the CPSU website has excellent guidance on how to put policies and procedures in place in your club.