Waveney Valley AC achieve Clubmark accreditation

Waveney Valley AC achieve Clubmark accreditation

Waveney Valley AC have recently been successful in gaining clubmark accreditation and were presented with their clubmark award at the clubs training venue at Eastpoint Academy, Lowestoft.

Clubmark has provided an excellent basis for developing the club infrastructure to ensure that the club offers a safe and enjoyable environment for junior members whilst also supporting and developing new club coaches and volunteers to cater for increased membership. Over the past 12 months the club have had fantastic success in growing membership and increasing opportunities for young people to take part in athletics with junior membership having now grown to around 80 members since the junior side of the Club re-started in October 2012.

Local Club and Coach Support Officer Tania Spurling presented the award at a recent training night. Tania commented; "It is a pleasure to present to Waveney Valley AC with their clubmark accreditation -  The club have shown brilliant commitment to developing a strong infrastructure to support athletes and volunteers and have demonstrated excellent communication throughout the club to keep everyone well informed and engaged with club activity. Waveney Valley AC have had excellent success in developing the club over the past year and the processes and procedures which the club have implemented as part of the clubmark process will benefit the club greatly as they continue to grow and prosper.  Gaining Clubmark accreditation is an excellent achievement for the club and testament to the hard work of the coaches, committee and volunteers.”

Club coach, James Gooch, commented, “It has been a really busy but rewarding 18 months for the Club. Since re-starting the Junior section, membership now stands at around 80 juniors, with new enquiries most weeks. The Club had two Athletic Coaches 18 months ago, but now have four with another one almost qualified, three in training and further volunteers ready to undergo Coaching Assistant training. Our athletes are competing well in the East Anglian League, and have collected several County titles in track and field, and also represented their County in Sportshall competitions. We have had a lot of support to get where we are from England Athletics, Suffolk Sport and other local Clubs – especially City of Norwich AC.  Applying for Clubmark status, at the same time as training new Athletic Coaches has assisted us in both putting the structures in place and reviewing our constitution to enable the Club to thrive, and be a Club which can provide a quality athletics experience for both athletes and their parents. We are really pleased that the Club have reached the standard for Clubmark accreditation.”

England Athletics’ Clubmark Accredited Club status forms part of the only national cross sports quality accreditation scheme. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards. Through completion of the accreditation the club have demonstrated excellent practice in a number of areas of club, coach and athlete development.

The photo depicts Tania presenting the certificate to Club coach James Gooch along with club coaches and some of the junior section athletes who will benefit from this excellent achievement.

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