We are extremely proud that we have the SwimMark 'Club Essential' accreditation (formerly 'Swim21 Club'). We've held this accreditation in its various forms continuously since 2009, and we were the first club in South Tyneside to achieve it. We also hold Sport England's Clubmark accreditation.
In the past we've been praised for the high standard of our submission, with Swim England's regional panel stating:
"The regional panel were extremely impressed with the standard of your file and the good practice that you demonstrated within it"
(March 2013, when the accreditation was Swim21)
What is SwimMark accreditation?
SwimMark is Swim England’s quality standard for clubs. It recognises nationally and regionally the clubs that are committed to providing safe, effective and quality services for the benefit of their members.
SwimMark is not just a badge of honour. It is the primary module for clubs showing that we have good governance, are growing membership, developing our volunteers and ensuring that the club's activities are sustainable and in line with the club's objectives. It is accredited every two years.
As a parent it is your guarantee of quality provision for your child. SwimMark is a development tool that allows swimmers, teachers, coaches and those responsible for developing programmes to continually improve.
So, why should I look for a SwimMark club?
Every SwimMark accredited club provides high quality, safe, effective, child-friendly services for the benefit of their swimmers and non-swimming members. It’s about putting the swimmers first and ensuring young learners follow the pathway Swim England recognises for training and competition.
Every SwimMark accredited programme is offering the best way to learn how to swim. Specifically it’s about ensuring the programme is delivering quality lessons based on the Learn to Swim Framework (LTS) run by fully qualified teachers in a safe and appropriate environment.
Further information can be found on the Swim England's website.
Sport England recognises and values the commitment made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants. The development of clubs that encourage young people to take-up sport, improve their talents, possibly play a leadership role and give them the option to initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport is an essential part of supporting the sporting infrastructure in England.
Clubmark was introduced in 2002 by Sport England to:
- Ensure that accrediting partners apply core common criteria to ensure that consistent good practice and minimum operating standards are delivered through all club development and accreditation schemes.
- To empower parent(s)/carer(s) when choosing a club for their children.
- To ensure that Clubmark accredited clubs are recognised through a common approach to branding.
- To provide a focus around which all organisations involved in sport can come together to support good practice in sports clubs working with children and young people.
Clubmark accreditation is awarded to clubs that comply with minimum operating standards in four areas:
- The playing programme
- Duty of care and safeguarding and protecting children and young people
- Knowing your club and its community
- Club management
Further information can be found on Clubmark's website.