Clubmark is an accreditation scheme for cricket clubs which shows that a club is sustainable, well run and provides the right environment for its members. Clubmark accreditation also means your club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as assuring parents and carers that they are choosing the right option for their young people. Clubmark remains a key component of helping clubs raise standards in the recreational game and is used by many leagues as an entry requirement and the Home Office as part of requirements for the managed migration process.
Key priorities for 2024
Introduce a new club accreditation – having undertaken a full review of the current Clubmark accreditation scheme in 2023, we will be introducing a new accreditation in 2025 based upon a framework of club development. As such, this will be the last year which we run the current accreditation based upon the existing criteria. During 2024, we will be engaging with stakeholders from across the recreational game in order to shape the future direction of accreditation to most effectively support the development and sustainability of recreational cricket.
Continue to embed Safe Hands Management System (SHMS) – since its introduction in 2021, over 3,500 clubs are now active on SHMS. We will be continuing to work with clubs to allow them to access this online club management tool and use it to ensure they are meeting their safeguarding responsibilities. It is necessary for clubs to remain engaged with SHMS in order to retain Clubmark status.
Clubmark Process for 2024
The Clubmark criteria in 2024 will be consistent with those used in the 2023 accreditation process. See club guide here.
A club will work with the Devon Cricket Board (DCB) to ensure documents are uploaded to the Clubmark portal and its SHMS is up to date, with the DCB then performing an initial review of evidence. Once the DCB is comfortable with the evidence provided it will submit the club's application to ECB for final review and accreditation.
The closing date for new applications from clubs will be 28th June 2024.
If you are interested in gaining Clubmark in 2024 please email Alex Jopling on firstname.lastname@example.org
Clubs Currently Accredited
We encourage clubs to stay on top of their admin so that any future requirements can be met easily.
There are four areas requiring additional assurance:
- Safe Hands Management System
Clubs must maintain an accurate representation of their volunteer base in Safe Hands Management System (SHMS) and shoudl be compliant by April 2024.
- Signed Safeguarding Policy Statement
Clubs must ensure that they have signed the ECB safeguarding policy statement (new document to be shared with clubs in 2024).
- Evidence of AGM minutes
Clubs must upload a copy of their most recent AGM minutes.
- Evidence of club insurance
Clubs must evidence that they are signed up to the ECB Howden insurance or have their own insurance with a minimum value of £5 million and employers liability insurance to £10 million.
You can access the Clubmark portal here - https://liveapps.ecb.co.uk/clubportal/