Bexley Athletic Club is awarded Clubmark!
Bexley AC are proud to announce that we have been awarded Clubmark accreditation by England Athletics. Clubmark is the only national cross sports quality accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections. It ensures that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards.
During the last couple of years we have seen a growth in our junior section, particularly our 7-11 year old “Bexley Tigers”. We now regularly attract between 30 and 40 Tigers each Sunday morning. It is important to us as a club that are able to show to parent and carers that we are operating to a minimum set of criteria approved by England Athletics. With the loss of Government funding, Bexley Council are no longer running sports activities during the school holiday. We are now working closely with Bexley Council to run athletics activities ourselves during the school holidays and after school courses. Clubmark was essential to Bexley Council supporting this new venture.
Gaining Clubmark accreditation represents an important development in the 57 year history of Bexley AC. The process to gain Clubmark provided the opportunity to review our policies and procedures across the entire club. This included not only ensuring we had the correct procedures in place for junior members but also provided other benefits such as implementing an athlete development programme for promising athletes and ensuring we were operating in a safe environment for all athletes, regardless of age. Overall, it has been a positive experience that has engaged the whole club. We are now looking forward to building upon and developing further upon the hard work of all the coaches, officials, committee members and other volunteers who work hard to make the club successful.
Elspeth Turner, England Athletics, presented the Clubmark award to Karen Winfield OBE, Tigers Training Co-Ordinator at Erith Stadium.
Karen Winfield OBE