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Standards set for Christchurch sports

New scheme sets standards for Christchurch sports clubs

Christchurch Sports Clubs will be encouraged to raise the standard of what they provide for members under the new Club Mark scheme.

Set to start in July, the scheme is part of the new Physical Recreation and Sport Strategy for Christchurch. It aims to increase participation in sport through clubs, by encouraging them to provide a healthier, safer and injury free environment for members.

The Club Mark has been developed by Christchurch City Council Leisure, Community and Public Health, Sport Canterbury, ACC and Hauora Matauraka under the collective title of Healthy Sports Clubs Christchurch. Organisations who volunteer to take part in the scheme will assess themselves against a set of criteria including strategic planning; health and safety; financial planning and resources; communication with members; use of volunteers; and coaching. The club’s approach to issues such as being smokefree; host responsibility; injury prevention; sunsmart practices and blood borne infections will form part of this self-assessment.

Clubs that meet a significant proportion of the criteria will receive the Club Mark at either bronze, silver or gold level. The Club Mark will inform members, potential members, funders and others that a club has business practices in place and provides a healthy environment for members, Alan Bywater, Christchurch City Council Leisure planning leader says.

Clubs receiving a Club Mark standard will be audited to ensure that their actions meet their self-assessment.

For clubs that do not reach the required standard or wish to progress to a gold award, support will be made available through templates or help from an appropriate agency such as Sport Canterbury, Community and Public Health or ACC

“This is the first scheme of its type in New Zealand that we are aware of.” Mr Bywater says. “ We have already piloted 10 Christchurch clubs with it and are confident that it can only be good for the future of Canterbury sport.”

The Healthy Sports Club Christchurch group is now seeking funding to administer the Club Mark scheme, which could eventually involve about 900 Christchurch sports clubs. To date the group has received funding of $10,000 from the Community Trust and is actively pursuing other funding sources.

As the scheme moves closer to its launch, sports associations and clubs will be approached by the Healthy Sports Clubs Christchurch group.

A report on The Club Mark has been included on the agenda for the 7 April meeting of the Council’s Community and Leisure Committee. This agenda will be available on the web at www.ccc.govt.nz/council/Agendas/

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