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What Does Club Mark Involve?

The whole process of your Club achieving Clubmark accreditation begins when you register with the Dorset Cricket Board, saying that’s what you want to do.

To be able to progress your registration, we will need:

  • The name of your Club
  • It’s address including - most importantly! - the postcode
  • Ideally, your local authority but we should be able to deal with that if you’re not sure
  • The person who will be the point of contact between the Club and DCB
  • Contact details for that person including postal and email addresses, phone numbers

You can do all of that via the contact form or you can contact Keith Brewer the Cricket Development Manager.

Once all that is done, a two-stage process starts.

For the first stage, the person you’ve nominated will receive a Clubmark Evidence File which the Club will need to complete.  The folder contains help and guidance on every aspect of completing the four sections the file is divided into.

It may be that after registering, your Club does not receive an Evidence File. Should that be the case, DCB will inform you immediately. However, this website does contain downloadable versions of all the checklists and so on that are included in the file.

Also included with the Evidence files is a CD-ROM which contains more information about Clubmark but more importantly, there are templates of all the documentation you’ll need to complete for the Evidence file. Please note that Clubs not receiving an Evidence File or CD can access and download a lot of information and advice documents from this website simply by clicking here.

Once the Evidence File is complete, someone either from DCB or acting on their behalf will examine that file and may recommend changes.

The first stage is completed with the submission and acceptance by DCB of the Evidence File.

Once the file is accepted, the second stage starts and the Club receives a site visit from DCB or someone nominated by them to ensure that everything claimed in the Evidence File is being carried out. If that’s so and everything is in place against a given checklist, both stages are complete, Clubmark accreditation will be awarded and your Club will be part of an ever-growing community in the County and in the country at large.

The Site Visit Checklist that the DCB representative will use to facilitate the process is also available for download by clicking this link.

To summarise, Clubmark accreditation is now a two-stage process.

In the first stage the Club completes an Evidence File and submits it to DCB. If the file is accepted, arrangements are made for a site visit to confirm what is being claimed. If the site visit confirms the Evidence File, Clubmark is awarded.

If the first stage is unsuccessful, the Club can re-submit the file at a later date. If the site visit is unsuccessful, the Club gets a second chance.

After Accreditation

Once accreditation has been achieved, an annual health check must be carried out by the Club in consultation with Dorset Cricket Board. Annual Health checks are due on or before the anniversary of accreditation in the two years that follow. To download an Annual Health check form from this site simply click this link.

Clubmark is not a life-time award. It is valid for three years only. Therefore, on or before the THIRD anniversary date of accreditation, re-accreditation must be sought and achieved. The process for re-accreditation is identical to that for the first award, complete with Evidence File and Site Visit.

ECB have published a flow diagram which shows the complete process for Clubmark Accreditation, the two Annual Health Checks and then re-accreditation. It also shows how accreditation can be withdrawn. Clubs can download it by clicking here.

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