Clubmark was introduced by Sport England in 2002 and is currently being implemented across 34 sports. The LTA administers its own version of Clubmark based on the National guidelines for best practice combined with real life examples of successfully run places to play across the Country.
There are over 800 Clubmark accredited places to play in the UK, with a further 600 working towards the best practice accreditation.
Clubmark provides clubs with the tools and resources they need to ensure the club is delivering a quality tennis development programme and operating in line with best practice. Benefits to the club include ongoing programme development, increased membership, increased participation, staff development, raised profile and access to more funding opportunities.
Clubmark is not intended to be difficult to achieve, but there is work required to ensure that the minimum criteria is met. In many cases, clubs are already running a professional set up with a quality programme of activity. In this instance, Clubmark can be used as a resource to collate all policies and procedures as well as improve the communication between the various club officials and coaching team.
All places to play awarded with Clubmark must:
- Ensure the place to play has a fair and transparent operational structure
- Adhere to best practice policies and procedures around safeguarding junior and adult members/users
- Deliver a comprehensive and all encompassing tennis programme for all ages and abilities
- Produce a clear plan of action for long term sustainability and future growth
We are delighted to say the Ashbourne Tennis Club is Tennis Clubmark accredited.