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Developed by Sport England, Clubmark is a set of National standards for National Governing Bodies of Sport to adopt and their affiliated clubs to meet. The scheme recognises and accredits clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and child friendly environments for young people.

Clubmark was introduced by Sport England in 2002 to:

  • develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants
  • ensure common and consistent good practice and minimum standards within clubs
  • recognise high quality junior clubs through a common branding
  • empower parents/carers when choosing a club for their children

Clubmark focuses on 4 key areas of development within clubs:

  • Coaches and Volunteers
  • Good Practice and Child Protection
  • Knowing Your Club and its Community
  • The Playing Programme

The BJA regards Clubmark as a minimum standard that clubs should be achieving in their operation, and has integrated it into the BJA Club Recognition Scheme.

BJA Club Recognition Scheme

The BJA Club Recognition Scheme has three levels, which are bronze (Clubmark), silver and gold. By working through the Scheme, it will enable a club to provide the best quality service to members, by creating a specifically trained workforce of coaches, officials and administrators. It will also ensure the club is best placed to work in partnership with other local agencies such as local authorities, to develop sustainable judo opportunities. The BJA believes this is the best way to lay the foundations for success at all levels up to international standard.

Benefits to Clubmark clubs:

  • Clubs that achieve and maintain their Club Accreditation will have access to many benefits including:
  • Priority BJA Regional Development Officer time
  • Enhanced support from BJA technical staff
  • Exclusive use of the Clubmark logo
  • Raised profile in the local community
  • High quality links with local schools (Schools 2dojo)
  • RDO support with grant and funding applications
  • Promotion on the National Clubmark database
  • Promotion of your club on the BJA clubs database and opportunities to promote your club within Matside magazine
  • Favoured applications when applying for funding to Sport England, County Sports Partnerships, Local Authorities and other local and national organisations

What BJA clubs say about Clubmark

“Clubmark has helped us improve the organisation and general coaching of the club.   Gaining Clubmark is great news for us and recognition of all the work done by volunteers within the club." Matthew Harte, Friary Judo Club, April 2010.

Further Information

To register your club please contact your Regional Development Officer.

You can access a access a Club Recognition Assessment File, which states the criteria, by clicking here.

Download the information sheet here (PDF File)

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