Tennis Ireland Clubmark is the National Governing Bodies Club Accreditation Programme.
The programme is accredited at three levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold) and aims to identify, develop, accredit and recognise high quality tennis clubs and their contribution to the development of our sport in Ireland.
Tennis Clubs can achieve the Tennis Ireland Clubmark accredited status by meeting the operating standards appropriate to the levels in the areas of effective organization, management, safety, child welfare, risk management, equality and inclusion, organized play and scoring, competition, coaching, player development, outreach programmes, communication and public relations.
Some benefits of achieving the criteria set out in the programme include, listed on the Tennis Ireland Website as a Tennis Ireland Clubmark Accredited Club. A framed certificate for Bronze and Silver and a wall plaque for the Gold Award to say your club has achieved the Clubmark. There’s also the opportunity for the personal development of club volunteers and personnel with the potential to increase and maintain the club’s membership.
The Tennis Ireland Clubmark is a Programme designed to provide clubs with the resources to develop a Club Development Strategy that will:
The programme will allow interested parties including prospective club members to identify clubs that have achieved a recognized standard of quality in the areas of:
➢Organization and management.
➢Safety, child welfare, risk management, equality and inclusion.
➢Organized play and scoring, competition, coaching and player development.
➢Communication and public relations.
Accreditation has been divided into three bands so as to allow all clubs achieve a quality standard in areas that are most pertinent and achievable to their club. The three bands are outlined below:
This club has addressed club development aspects in the areas of:
There are 28 ESSENTIAL to achieve at Bronze Level (See Below)
This club is accomplished in club development aspects in the areas such as:
There are 47 ESSENTIAL to achieve at Silver Level (See Below)
This club is distinguished in club development aspects in the following areas:
There are 64 ESSENTIAL to achieve at Gold Level (See Below)
Accreditation awarded & arrangements made for presentation of certificate/plaque, annual health checks and future accreditations (every 3 years)
Achieving Clubmark signals that your club provides a quality sporting experience, open to all and delivered in a safe environment, administered by an effective and efficient committee.
Who can apply?
Any Tennis Ireland affiliated club can register for inclusion in the Clubmark Programme and can choose the level of accreditation that is most suitable and achievable for their club.
THE CLUBMARK PROCESS
Step 1. Following Committee agreement to apply for the Programme, appoint a Clubmark Coordinator and committee to begin the process by completing the online application.
Step 2. Contact the relevant Regional Development Officer (details below) to arrange a club visit and/or discuss the Programme as required.
Tennis Ireland Development Team –
Connacht – Olwyn O’Toole- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: (087)7120756
Munster – Lucy Penkova -Email: email@example.com Mob: (085)7331528
Fingal/Leinster – Tara Congdon Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mob: (085)1076000
Leinster – Peter Farrell – Email: peter.Farrell@tennisireland.ie Mob: (086)8228235
NOTE: ‘E’ or ‘D’ below indicates ‘Essential’ or ‘Desirable’.
In order to achieve the Clubmark at Bronze Level, a club needs to achieve all the Essentials.
In order to achieve the Clubmark at Silver Level, a club needs to achieve all the Essentials.
In order to achieve the Clubmark at Gold Level, a club needs to achieve all the Essentials.
HOW DOES YOUR CLUB BECOME INVOLVED?
Appoint a Clubmark Coordinator and Committee to complete the online application form and to see the project through from start to finish.
Once your application is received our Regional Development Officer will be in touch to arrange a club visit to assist you with starting the process.
Please note that that our Development Team can only work with a limited number of clubs and engagement with committees will be on a first come first serve basis.