Case Study - Portreath Surf Life Saving Club
We first heard of Clubmark accreditation many years ago and felt as a committee it was something that we wanted to pursue. For us, we felt it would underpin the foundation of the running our club and help us build on the clubs success in terms of sustainability and future growth. The road to successfully being accredited with the Clubmark award has been eventful, an eye opener in terms on how our club is (should be) run and a testament to the committee for their perseverance.
1)What did you do and why?
After initial consultations with Cornwall Sports Partnership going through all the expectations and documentation requirements, we started to gather all the required evidence. It was when we went through this detailed structured approach that we found we already had a lot of the required policies in place, but it made us view these through a different set of eyes and various amendments where subsequently made.
The Why, is quite simple the club has experienced unprecedented success over recent years, but the committee realised that in order for the club to continue to grow and build on the current infrastructure, we needed to ensure we had a good sustainable platform to operate (both operating and financial).
2) How has it made a difference to the club?
It has provided us with a clear direction on areas we need to improve and build on as a club, whilst allowing the committee to set clear and defined goals to keep driving the club forward.
3) What did you find most useful?
The help and guidance to recognise areas of opportunity within our club which allowed us to develop and create forward looking plans and objectives. We found the Club Matters website with its vast arrays of tools very helpful when compiling our improvement plans.
4) Future plans
Keep revisiting the policies and make them a living way on how the club is run. For us, the help, support and tools that are available will enable us to continue to grow and ensure the club has continued success and a long term future.
Chairman Portreath Surf Life Saving Club