Club Development Matters – the development of a network of quality cycling clubs is crucial to encouraging young people to take up cycling in its many forms, whether as a sport, active living or active recreation. In order to help achieve this, British Cycling has incorporated Sport England’s Clubmark standard into the Go-Ride Accreditation programme. Clubmark is a nationally recognised set of standards that supports the development and recognition of quality junior clubs.
What is Clubmark?
Sport England has worked with National Governing Bodies (NGBs), such as British Cycling, to develop standards to which all clubs should aspire. Sport England’s Clubmark sets out criteria under each of the following headings:
- Duty of Care and Child Protection focuses on raising awareness of good practice.
- Coaching and Competition to improve coaching and competition for young people.
- Sports Equity and Ethics ensures that the club adopts an inclusive and child-friendly approach. Club Management ensures that the club runs efficiently and effectively.
How do Go-Ride and Clubmark work together?
In effect, they are one and the same thing. Clubs who become part of the Go-Ride Programme are registering as working towards Go-Ride Clubmark Accreditation. Clubmark sets out minimum operating standards for quality clubs with junior sections. Go-Ride simply adapts those standards to be cycling specific. Gaining Go-Ride Clubmark accreditation will demonstrate that your club is committed to the aim of providing a safe, effective, child-friendly environment.