'The Ultimate Club Kitbag'

Managing Your Sports Club

What parents should look for when choosing a good sports club.

Here are the key points you should check out when choosing a sports club or activity for your child.


Quick check list for parents.

Has the club or organisation achieved a sports body or local council accreditation that’s up to date? If so, then this can be viewed as evidence that the club/organisation has attained a certain level of safe practices as assessed by the awarding body.

Even if your club’s accredited you should check that the club or organisation has….

✔️ A named and contactable welfare officer responsible for the implementation of their safeguarding policy and issues regarding the protection of children or young people.

✔️ Procedures for dealing with complaints or concerns regarding poor practice, abuse or neglect.

✔️ Written standards of good practice (i.e. a Code of Conduct / Behaviour).

✔️ A parental consent/emergency details form that you must return to the club.

✔️ Safe recruitment procedures for those working with young people that include a clear job description, appropriate references, criminal record checks (e.g. DBS) for relevant posts and technical qualifications.

✔️ Access to appropriate safeguarding (child protection) training for staff/volunteers.

Remember, a well-run club will welcome your questions about their activities and policies. They’ll know they have a responsibility to have the right arrangements in place, and to give this kind of information to anyone who leaves a child in their care.



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Useful links:

Sport Parent EU.

Parents In Sport Inforgarphics.  

Advice from the CPSU.

Parents Charter.