All of club policies are aligned to Clubmark which Darlington Harriers are working towards. Due to the size of the club and broad spectrum of ages and activities of the club this makes the process a little more complex unlike your standard running clubs. Darlington Harriers takes this Clubmark seriously and is the #1 priority to ensure it's members new and existing are catered for and are looked after. But to give you a little more detail on the Clubmark here's some detail from Sport England

What is Clubmark?

Clubmark is a national accreditation scheme which is run by Sport England for community sports clubs. It recognises high standards and looks at safety, fairness, coaching and management for the running of the club. Sport England aims to help build a safer, stronger and more successful national sports club infrastructure.

The accreditation provides assurance that the club is providing the right environment and is recognised for providing a rewarding and fulfilling place for club members to participate whilst encouraging everyone to enjoy sport and to stay involved.

You can read more about Clubmark at

Who Accredits Clubmark?

An initial assessment is undertaken online and then an assessor from the National Governing Body will carry out a site visit to ensure we have all of the relevant paperwork such as policies and procedures in place that meet the requirements and to fully understand our club practices. As part of the accreditation we will agree development goals for the club for the year ahead.

Why is Darlington Harriers doing this?

Clubmark will give the recognition that we are a high quality club.
Members will be assured that we are a well-managed club and we are striving to improve, to offer the best in coaching and are continually developing.
Being awarded Clubmark demonstrates that we have awareness of safety, quality coaching, equal opportunities and that the club is managed well.

What are the benefits?

  • We will have clear objectives and ambition for the future to communicate to our Club Members.
  • By having documented processes and club structures the Club will run more efficiently.
  • Some leisure operators and local authorities may offer discount to Clubmark accredited Clubs. Accredited Clubs are eligible for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme where Clubs can apply for equipment.
  • Regularly reviewing and updating policies, training and systems shows confidence and increased productivity.
  • Clubmark will help with strategies to recruit new members.
  • Members can be sure their club is a well-managed Club, striving to offer the best in coaching and sports development.

What are the criteria?

In simple terms there are four sections:

1. Activity / Playing Programme

Our Club will look at the opportunities we provide, when we are providing them, how we are delivering them and by whom.

2. Duty Of Care and Welfare

It is the duty of every Club to take steps to ensure that members, volunteers, and visitors can enjoy the sport offered by the Club in a safe environment.

3. Knowing Your Club and Community

It is important to promote the right culture in our Club so that its policies, practices and ethos encourage all members to adopt an inclusive, friendly approach to sport.

4. Club Management

Clubs that are well managed tend to be more successful and sustainable for the future as well as being prepared in the event of emergencies.

The scheme provides the information and support that is needed to meet recognised standards and ensures that good practice is followed.

What does this mean for Darlington Harriers?

As mentioned above there is a great deal of work we as a club need to complete to ensure we have everything in place to be successful when we apply for the accreditation. The four sections of criteria each have a number of elements which need to be reviewed and a development plan is needed which Paul Cook is leading on as Club Development Officer.

What is happening now?

Club mark was signed off by Nick Settle on 5th September 2017