Officials and players from the Old Victorians Cricket Club are celebrating after gaining Jersey Clubmark status, while Lifesavers Jersey have also retained the award.
It is given to teams and associations in Jersey that can evidence their activities are safe and structured, supported by a wide range of documents and procedures, including safeguarding training, volunteer policies, DBS (police) checks, coaching qualifications, risk assessments, first aid training and insurances. It is designed to give all those in the club, and in particular parents of young competitors, the confidence that they are getting excellent coaching from qualified staff and volunteers.
“We are delighted to have achieved the Clubmark status and to be recognised and accredited as a cricket club that provides high quality and safe opportunities to players of all ages,” said Elliot Powell from OV’s.
“We set out to achieve this status as we were looking to expand our junior section and grow our overall membership. Having the Clubmark accreditation sends a positive image to prospective parents and players and gives them the sense of confidence and knowledge that OVCC is a good place to come and play cricket.
“Our academy for Years 6-10 is now thriving with over 50 subscriptions. We run training once a week on a Monday and also have additional sessions on Thursdays every other week, alongside our weekend fixtures.
“Being recognised by Clubmark shows the fantastic strides that the club has made over the last two years, especially in our junior infrastructure. As project manager, I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved and I firmly believe that this award is another step towards OVCC becoming a pre-eminent light in local cricket, at all levels, again.”
Around 30 clubs in the island have now reached the required benchmarks to gain the award.
“It’s great to have achieved Clubmark for the second time,” added Sarah Gordon, the Education Officer for Lifesavers Jersey.
“It shows our club continues to have a high standard of coaching and safety measures in place for our members. It’s peace of mind for the parents and coaches to know that the executive committee have policies in place to run the club professionally, which have been recognised for the second time by the achievement of Clubmark.
“We are a growing club and looking for more children to join our Rookie lifeguard team. Rookie lifeguards are aged between 8 to 12 years old. We offer a fun session that teaches safety and survival skills, lifesaving skills and first aid.”
To find out how your club could join OVCC and Lifesavers Jersey in gaining Jersey Clubmark accreditation, please contact Jersey Sport’s Sports Partnership Manager James Tilley – James.Tilley@jerseysport.je