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Club Accreditation

Quality Mark is British Canoeing’s Kite Mark for canoe clubs. The achievement of this standard also meets the criteria specified in Club Mark, Sport England’s cross sport accreditation scheme. This demonstrates best practice in the running and management of sports clubs and is recognised throughout England. On achieving this standard your club will be accredited with both awards. 

Accreditation brings many benefits. It highlights the quality of your club activities and the way it is run. Your club can achieve accreditation for different aspects of activity: -

• British Canoeing Quality Mark/ Club Mark – first class activities and club Management
• Paddle-Ability Club – Opportunities for disabled people in paddlesport
• Talent Top Club – Accreditation for competition clubs. Initially only available to clubs who offer coaching and pathways on Slalom and Sprint. 

1.  British Canoeing Quality Mark

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Details of the benefits to your club, the accreditation process and how to get started can be found below.

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2.     Guidance and Assessment Criteria

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The assessment criteria relate to 12 different areas of your clubs activity grouped under 4 sections: -

  • Activity programme
  • Welfare and equity
  • Promotion and engagement with your community
  • Club management

Guidance on what you need to do and what will be assessed can be found below.

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3.     Paddle-Ability Club

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Clubs can seek further accreditation which helps recognise and promote themselves as a place that offers quality opportunities for disabled people.  For more information please click here.

4.     Talent Top Club

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Competition focused clubs engaged in coaching and developing pathways for paddlers in Slalom or Sprint can seek accreditation under this scheme once they have achieved The British Canoeing Club Mark. 

For Slalom contact Richard.Ramsdale@britishcanoeing.org.uk
For Sprint contact scott.simon@britishcanoeing.org.uk

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