ClubMark is the only national quality accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections.  It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards BwD Sports Development Team recognises and values the commitments made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants.  The development of clubs that encourage young people to take-up sport, improve their talents and give them the option to initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport is an essential part of supporting the sporting infrastructure across Blackburn with Darwen.

A club is accredited via either it’s licensed National Governing Body (NGB) or County Sports Partnership (Lancashire Sports Partnership).  It must, therefore, be affiliated to the relevant Sport England recognised NGB in order to be accredited.

The benefits of achieving Accreditation include:

  • Increasing membership Research suggests that parents are more likely to take their children to a nationally recognised quality club.
  • Club Development Providing clubs with the tools to actively plan for a sustainable future.
  • Coach and Volunteer Development Ensuring continuous professional development of all volunteers and coaches.
  • Raising the Profile Once accredited, clubs are listed on a National database which helps to attract new members; at a local level, being actively promoted by the Council services when signposting young people to take part in a sporting activity.