Clubmark is the ECB’s national accreditation and is used to create a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
There are a number of people and organisations who will support your club through the ECB Clubmark process; including the GCB, county sports partnership and local sports development unit among others.
To find out more about how to work towards achieving Clubmark accreditation contact your local GCB clubs and programmes officer, Eric Woodmason (north of the county) or John Peplow (south).
The process is currently being reviewed by the ECB. For more details go to https://www.ecb.co.uk/be-involved/club-support/clubmark
ECB Clubmark gives your club an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices within your club. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a club development plan.
What does it mean to work towards and achieve ECB Clubmark?
ECB Clubmark intends to build upon the current practices within your club. Each cricket club that registers to work towards ECB Clubmark will approach the process in a different way and be embarking on the process from different starting positions. ECB Clubmark takes this in to account, allowing you to work through the process at your own pace, utilising existing polices and procedures within your cricket club.
The emphasis of ECB Clubmark is self-help. It is like anything else in life, if someone else does it for you, you never learn or change your ways. The support resources in ECB Clubmark are intended to provide as much information as possible to cricket clubs, to use, amend and adopt within your individual club circumstances.
Some of the outcomes associated with ECB Clubmark include:
- A culture change within community cricket clubs, embedding the standards within ECB Clubmark in to the everyday running of your club.
- Engaging the whole club membership to support the high quality development of junior cricket.
- A well managed cricket club off the pitch, which translates to well organised activity on the pitch.
- Eligibility for key funding programmes including England and Wales Cricket Trust Interest Free Loan Scheme and ECB Grant Aid opportunities.
- Achieving and maintaining high standards of junior development.
- Receiving reward and recognition from your national governing body, the GCB and partners locally.
- Investing in and sustaining the future of your cricket club by prioritising junior club membership.
Across Gloucestershire we have several clubs accredited with Clubmark status. Alongside these many more are registered and working towards it. Clubmark has been awarded to these clubs in recognition of their professionalism and excellent conduct across many different areas of junior cricket. Clubmark, once achieved, can help open up several doors in terms of funding opportunities, subsidies and other such benefits.