Clubmark for athletics team

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Fourteen Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club members represented Bucks at the Southern Inter-County Cross Country in Biggleswade.

The best team result was 8th for the Under 13 Girls with Amber Harman finishing 84th in 14m 04s, while the Under 17 Women were 9th with 19th Amy Radford 19m 15s, 48th Sophia Hannelly 20m 27s and

49th Izzy Thornton-Bott 20m 28s.

The Under 15 Girls finished 10th helped by 55th Sophie Botham 15m 56s and 70th Natalie Nurse 16m 37s. The Under 15 Boys were also 10th with 70th Jake Cox 14m 15s and 73rd Harvey Green 14m 20s.

Amazingly the Under 17 Men grabbed 10th spot as well as Owen Seamark finished 52nd in 17m 09s, Harry Morton 69th 17m 50s and George Glinski 74th 18m 00s.

Unfortunately the Under 20 Women with 32nd Fern Yull 26m 32s had an incomplete team as did the Senior Women with 21st Samantha Amend 23m 58s, 45th Wendy Webber 25m 11s and 62nd Sophie Gibbens 28m 17s.

Another landmark for the Club during the week has been the renewal of it’s Clubmark.

The title is awarded by Sport England to “show that a club provides the right environment which ensures the welfare of members and encourages everyone to enjoy sport and stay involved throughout their lives.”

An accredited club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as helping parents and carers know that they’re choosing the right club for their young people.

Clubmark is the universally acknowledged cross sport accreditation scheme for community sports clubs. It is based on criteria which must be supported by specific evidence.

Based on four key areas of club development it centres around:

Activity/playing programmes - this includes, for example, coaching qualifications required, insurance and coach to participant ratios.

Duty of care and welfare - appropriate risk assessments, health and safety policies, training, compliance and child protection policies.

Knowing your club and its community - this ensures that your club is committed to fairness and equity in respect of the way in seeks to attract and retain members from your local community.

Club management - which covers issues to do with club and committee structures and the general running of the organisation.

It was five years ago that the Club became one of the first in Milton Keynes to acquire this status and so are delighted to have the hard work of all the members, support team and Committee recognised again.

The certificate was presented by Amy Frith(England Athletics club and coach support officer for Bucks, Berks and Oxon) to Diane Baldwin(Club Secretary) and Mick Bromilow(Chair).