Once your club has completed Go-Ride registration, the next step is to work towards Clubmark. British Cycling's Go-Ride programme incorporates Sport England's Clubmark scheme, which is a cross-sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections.
The Go-Ride development team will support the club every step of the way and help it to achieve this high level of accreditation.
Clubmark accreditation recognises that the club observes best practice in child protection, coaching and competition, equity and club management.
For parents or young cyclists, it provides confidence to know that their local Go-Ride Club is safe, well-managed and an exciting place to be.
Many clubs are already practicing excellent operating standards, using qualified coaches to deliver regular sessions and communicating regularly with club members. All that is left to do is submit evidence of those good practices.
Becoming a Go-Ride Clubmark Club
To become a Go-Ride Clubmark Club, your club needs to meet a number of criteria:
- At least one British Cycling qualified coach who has attended a Level 2 Cycling Coaching Award.
- A club welfare officer who has attended a Safeguarding young person workshop.
- Evidence of adopting British Cycling’s equity policy.
- Documentation of the club management structure, providing published membership fee and pricing policy for young people
- Evidence of an open and inclusive constitution, and regular communication with members (please click here for a model CASC constitution)
- Provide regular (equivalent of 25 sessions per year) coaching sessions for young people in a traffic free environment.
If your club doesn't meet the above criteria, don't worry - our regional development teams are here to support you and can guide you through the process of achieveing the above standards.
What does the club gain from becoming a Go-Ride Clubmark Club?
- Ongoing support from a network of regional development managers and Go-Ride coaches.
- Resources including Go-Ride branded jackets and and Go-Ride branded polos for trained volunteers.
- Free silver membership for up to seven nominated and qualified club officials each year (One Go-Ride contact, two appropriately trained welfare officers and four fully qualified coaches)
- Publicity through club details on the British Cycling website, support with event promotion and use of the Clubmark logo on any material relating to the club and its activities.
- The development of school links to encourage more youth and junior club members.
- Potential access to priority booking slots, discounts at some facilities and greater chance of successful funding applications.
- All of the benefits associated with a Go-Ride registered club.
What is the next step?
For more information on how to become a Go-Ride Clubmark Club, please contact your regional development manager or the HQ team directly.