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Instonians Cricket Club Gain Clubmark NI Accreditation

Richard White
NCU PRO

Clubmark NI is the quality standard for junior sports clubs in Northern Ireland. The programme aims to identify, develop, accredit and recognise high quality operational standards in junior sports clubs and the contribution that they make to the development of sport in Northern Ireland.

Instonians Cricket Club have gained Level 1 Clubmark NI Accreditation after their dedication and operating standards have been recognised.

Photograph: Nigel Jones (Cricket Ireland Regional Development Officer) presenting Clubmark NI Accreditation Certificate to Andrew Rose
(Instonians Youth Convenor)

On news of their re-accreditation Andrew Rose (Instonians CC Youth Convenor) went on to say:

“We are delighted to have gained accreditation under the Cricket Ireland Clubmark NI Accreditation Scheme. It is superb to be assured that we are continuing to run all areas of our club in the correct manner to ensure quality structures and procedures for all our members. We wish to offer them all a quality product and service and thanks to the many dedicated volunteers at our club we feel all their needs are catered for and they are enjoying positive sporting experiences and environments. With the guidance of Nigel Jones (Regional Development Officer) and the Cricket Ireland staff we believe we have the template in place to continue to go from strength to strength on and off the playing field. It is particularly pleasing for parents to be content that we have the policies and procedures in place to provide a high quality sporting foundation for young participants in a safe environment.”

To gain Level 1 Accreditation status, clubs are required to evidence compliance with the core Clubmark NI criteria and sport specific criteria:

1. Effective Management - well managed clubs will be committed to ongoing development, and will implement measures to ensure that the club will continue to progress and to retain quality standards.

2. Quality Coaching and Competition - clubs should take their lead from their sport’s governing body and should be compliant with their guidelines.

3. Safety in Sport - a commitment to provide appropriate and enjoyable sporting activities in safe environments. Key safety issues include: safeguarding children, first aid, codes of conduct.

The benefits can include:

1. Recruiting and developing volunteers
2. Parental appreciation, satisfaction, comfort and confidence
3. Safe environment for children and young people
4. High quality professional service

Sport Northern Ireland value the essential and significant role that sports clubs play in the development of sport, providing outlets for participation, while also providing quality environments for talented young athletes to develop. The competitive opportunities offered by clubs are yet another key opportunity for participation and development.

For any Cricket clubs in the NCU interested in registering onto the Cricket Ireland Clubmark NI Accreditation scheme, more information is available by contacting their Regional Development Officer, Nigel Jones at nigel.jones@cricketireland.ie