Welsh Athletics is currently working with clubs within the sport and assisting with club development in an attempt to improve club structures and ensure the sustainability of clubs. A number of clubs are currently working towards an athletics specific ClubMark award.
This award is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that affiliated clubs operate to a set of consistent and accepted minimum operating standards.
Welsh Athletics recognises that there is a need to develop clubs which encourage young people to take-up sport, improve their talents and initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport.
Clubs achieving ClubMark status are recognised as providing a ‘safe, effective and child friendly’ club environment.
Clubmark Criteria - The criteria looks at 4 key areas within the club. These are:
- Club Management
- Duty of Care and Welfare
- Sports Equity and Ethics
- The Coaching and Competition Programme
The Clubmark criteria document can be found here.
Clubs are supported through the process of ClubMark and are encouraged to take ownership of the programme to ensure that development comes from within. A focal point of the process is the production of a club development plan. This plan looks at the club and addresses some key areas within the sport. The following 8 areas are covered:
- Recruitment and Retention
- Coaches and Officials
The Clubmark SWOT document can be found here.
Club support and resources to assist with club development and the attainment of Clubmark can be found in the Club Resource Centre.