ECB Clubmark - Four Themes Overview

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Below, you will find an overview of the type of issues covered in each of the four themes of ECB Clubmark.

Duty of Care and Safeguarding Children

The ECB is committed to ensuring that all children who play cricket have a safe, positive and fun experience, whatever their level of involvement. We recognise the importance of safeguarding children within the game and are committed to developing and implementing policies and procedures which ensure that everyone knows and accepts their responsibility in relation to a duty of care for children.

It is important for every club to understand that safeguarding should not be viewed as a stand alone process which sits in isolation from all other activities within cricket. Instead, safeguarding is about creating a culture which helps direct the game and the provision of services that are offered to participants. Safeguarding in cricket is based upon the concept of providing an enjoyable cricket environment that is tailored to the needs and requirements of children.

By providing a safe and welcoming environment where the views of children, young people and adults are sought and taken into account, clubs will provide an environment where good practice flourishes, and poor practice or abuse will stick out ‘like a sore thumb’.

A club has a duty of care to ensure any child involved in related activities is protected from reasonably foreseeable forms of harm. This means acknowledging that the duty of care exists and putting practical measures in place to minimize the likelihood of foreseeable harm arising. This section of the ECB Clubmark assists clubs in discharging that duty.

The Cricket Programme

The development of talented young players is a complicated process, influenced by many factors. The Cricket Programme (the combination of coaching, training and competition) should assist young players to realise their potential,whilst taking into account the Long-term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

Clubs are required to provide suitable intra and/or inter club competition. Developing a competition programme is vital for young people as it is one significant reason why many join a club in the first place. Guidance is provided on supervising young players and minimum player to coach ratios.

Coaching staff have a key role in establishing an appropriate coaching environment and creating a successful playing programme. Clubs have to demonstrate that coaches are trained to appropriate levels and that the activities undertaken reflect best practice in the development of young people. For example, coaches are required to ensure that young people do not train excessively or in conditions that may cause injury or discomfort.

Knowing Your Club and its Community - One Game

One Game is the ECB initiative aimed at widening the appeal of cricket to ensure as many people as possible are welcomed into the game at all levels regardless of age, race, ability, gender, ethnic origin, nationality, colour, parental or marital status, religious belief, class or social background, sexual preference or political belief.

As the guardians of cricket, it is up to each and every one of us to hand our game on in better shape than when we found it. The One Game philosophy applies to everyone at every level, from the playground through to our international teams, from players to volunteers and fans. The aim of this section of ECB Clubmark is to ensure that all clubs are aware of their immediate community.

That way, a club can ensure it is meeting the needs of its local area when planning opportunities for people to participate in cricket. There are many ways in which a club can fulfil its part of the One Game Pledge requirement, be it a smaller club based in a rural area, or a larger club in an inner city. It is about selecting the methods that best suit each individual club situation.

Various One Game Pledge examples can be found on the ECB website

Club Management

Clubs that are well managed tend to be successful. They have well ordered finances, and keep volunteers and members well informed with good communication - planning for the future, as well as being prepared in the event of any emergencies.

If the day to day running of the club is dealt with efficiently, strong links can be formed with external partners, such as sports development agencies and local schools, and positive working relationships developed with the ECB to ensure that good practice is maintained.