Clubmark requirements 2021
During 2021 we will continue to reflect on how the ECB scheme works and consult with clubs and county boards 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. For accredited clubs there will be no full re-accreditation or annual health check to complete in 2021, although clubs will have to evidence they are meeting the required safeguarding standards via the new Safe Hands Management System (SHMS). Clubs will require to be compliant on SHMS on either 31st July 2021 or another earlier date specified by their local County Board to retain their accreditation. Clubs who do not currently have access to SHMS will receive access over the next few weeks.
Clubs who are part way through the accreditation journey or are looking to regain accreditation status will hopefully be able to complete the process in place for previous seasons. Because of restrictions in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic site visits are currently suspended, but we will regularly review this and announce when this changes.
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 2021 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 2021 with a view to launching an updated accreditation scheme towards the end of the year.
To ensure we are providing safe environments for children to enjoy our game, the ECB has introduced 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