As you may be aware, the ECB has been reviewing both the Clubmark programme and the wider support available to clubs to aid your future development and sustainability. We hope that the information below will help your club/league understand the position of ECB Clubmark for October 2015 - October 2016.
The ECB is in the process of creating a club development framework which incorporates ECB Clubmark within its design. Simultaneously Sport England the creators and regulators of the Clubmark brand are reviewing and revising their expectations, and the essential criteria, of the Clubmark programme.
In order to create some certainty within the cricket network for the coming season whilst Sport England complete their work, the next 12 months will represent a year of transition from the current to the new system.
Having taken on board feedback given to ECB by Clubs and CCBs through the Clubmark Review 2014, the future Clubmark accreditation process will mainly be online with the aim of reducing bureaucracy and allowing more Clubs to access the most relevant support to enhance sustainability and improve provision for all involved.
ECB will keep CCBs informed as the new system develops. Clubs will be notified through CCBs and through the ECB website and Club Support Newsletter throughout 2016. If you aren't signed up to receive the Club Support Newsletter and would like to do so, please click here
Please see below what these changes mean in practical terms for the 2016 season.
- Clubmark 2015 will complete the accreditation cycle as normal by 31st October 2015
- After this date, all Clubmark queries (including whether a club still has Clubmark) for the period October 2015 to October 2016 will be handled centrally by ECB, not the CCBs, via Clubmark@ecb.co.uk. Please direct all queries to this email address
- There is a moratorium on Clubmark registrations and accreditations for 2016. Practically this means:
- No more submissions for Clubmark accreditation will be accepted after 31st October 2015
- There will be no new Clubmark Accreditations for 2016 nor will there be re-accreditations
- Clubs due to re-accredit in 2016 will be given a one year extension to their existing award and will need to complete a revised Annual Health Check process. This revised health check will be available in late November 2015. All of this will be managed by ECB via Clubmark@ecb.co.uk. ECB will send these out to all clubs who need them
- All other Clubmark Accredited Clubs in year one or two of the cycle will be required to complete the revised/new Annual Health Check as usual. ECB will send these out to all clubs who need them
- ECB will relax entry requirements for ECB National Club Championship and Club T20 Competitions for 2016
- Expressions of interest to work towards national club accreditation will still be noted by ECB but clubs will be advised that active support for this process may not be available until mid-2016 in relation to the new system
- ECB Premier Leagues who require clubs to have ECB Clubmark before gaining promotion/joining into the league will need to consider their 2017 entry requirements accordingly
- Please only contact CCB regarding existing 2015 Clubmark submission. Thank you for your understanding during this transitional period.
If you have any specific questions about the above please do not hesitate to contact ECB via Clubmark@ecb.co.uk.
ECB Clubmark Update 2015 & 2016 - Clubs & Leagues
Ethics and Compliance Department on behalf of ECB Clubmark