As we look forward to 2020 and beyond, you may have seen or heard that Sport England have decided to withdraw from their own generic Clubmark scheme and to remove the licences they hold with the larger NGB’s such as the England & Wales Cricket Board.
The removal of the licence gives us a chance to reflect on how the ECB scheme currently works. We will use 2020 to review the current Clubmark process and consult with clubs and counties to ensure the scheme provides a solid base for clubs to grow, whilst recognising the time pressures which we know exist for volunteers within the game. Whilst we are undertaking this consultation we will not be conducting any full re-accreditations or annual health checks during 2020 with a view to launching an updated accreditation scheme in 2021.
To ensure we are providing safe environments for children to enjoy our game, during 2020 we will be introducing central safeguarding checks across all Clubmark accredited clubs and to retain your accreditation you will need to demonstrate you are meeting the required standards.
Further information on the process will follow in the new year to allow you to plan for completion, but it will be beneficial for you to review your clubs position with regards to DBS and safeguarding training as a pre-cursor to this.
Need some training to get volunteers and coaches up to speed ready to submit the evidence through the online platform?
Click Here to request a login for the free of charge Online Safeguarding Young Cricketers Course (FOR COACHES ONLY) - Expires every 3 years - All coaches must have an in date certificate
Click Here to become an All Stars Cricket Centre - Inspire and attract the next generation of 5 to 8 year old cricketers at your club.
Click Here to register for a place on Welfare Officer Training (Safe Hands) - £30 course fee (3hr attendance based course) - Expires every 3 years - All clubs must have a welfare officer and assistant where feasible.
Click Here to register a place or two for First Aid Training - Cost Varies on course undertaken (3hr course is sufficient for cricket coaches) - Expries every 3 years - All coaches must have an in date first aid certificate.
Any helper, manager, coach, umpire involved with junior cricket at your club must have an up to date ECB DBS Check. This is very simple to obtain, simply Click Here to find out more. - FREE OF CHARGE - Expires every 3 years