Choosing quality clubs

Information for parents and guardians

As a parent or carer you will want to ensure that your children have lots of opportunities to try out different types of sport and physical activities.

The challenge can be finding a sports club that suits the needs of your child and provides a safe environment for them while being supervised by coaches who are appropriately qualified.

Bury Sport and Physical Activity Service is working hard to ensure that sports clubs in Bury are safe, effective and child-friendly. This is achieved through Clubmark, Sport England's national quality accreditation scheme for sports clubs with junior sections. The scheme is awarded in conjunction with the National Governing Body award schemes.

Clubmark sets core and common minimum standards for sports clubs in relation to child protection, equity and ethics, coaching and competition and club management. It ensures that a club can continue to develop and offer children and young people the best possible sporting opportunities.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

The Disclosure and Barring Service allows organisations to check a person's history and make sure they are appropriate to work with children. Checks will usually be undertaken by clubs through the National Governing Body. Ask your club about their safeguarding policy if you are concerned.

Remember that you have a choice. Ask questions.

  • Does the club have a separate junior section and membership?
  • Have coaches and volunteers received child protection training?
  • Does the coaching and competition take place at safe venues?
  • Does the club have first aid equipment at all coaching and competition?
  • Does the club have public liability insurance?
  • Are there competitive opportunities for my child to take part in?
  • What opportunities are there for my child to progress through the club?
  • Is the club affiliated to the National Governing Body?

The answers to all of the above questions should be YES.

Contact for Sport and Physical Activity