The Club Accreditation Scheme
Triathlon England established TriMark Club Accreditation in 2016 as a three-tiered club quality mark for community triathlon clubs affiliated to Triathlon England.
Tier 1: TriMark Club Bronze
TriMark Club Bronze is the first level in accreditation and is compulsory for all community clubs with children and young people under the age of 18. Further information around this can be found here. Through attaining TriMark Club Bronze, a community club is evidencing that they are appropriately constituted and adhere to British Triathlon policies and guidelines. They will also have an open and inclusive membership offer and a clearly stated activity programme.
Tier 2: TriMark Club Silver
TriMark Club Silver was linked to Sport England’s national accreditation award Clubmark, however, in 2019 the Clubmark accreditation was withdrawn.
We took this opportunity to start a review of the TriMark Club Accreditation programme which started in early 2020, and we expect to have this review completed by the end of 2021.
Clubs that have achieved TriMark Club Silver before this review are still valid. Please note that TriMark Club Silver is valid for three years from the time of the initial award.
Tier 3: TriMark Club Gold
This part of the accreditation programme has not yet been developed but will follow on from the TriMark Club Silver in 2022.
What is a TriMark Club?
A TriMark Club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and inclusive place for anyone wanting to participate in the sport of triathlon. A TriMark Club has reached a recognised level of accreditation that reassures participants, parents, guardians and external stakeholders that the club is well managed, has adopted and follows all of British Triathlon’s procedures, policies and guidelines.
A TriMark Club has met a set of criteria in the following areas to become accredited:
- Club management
- Training and coaching Offer
- Community representation
TriMark Club Accreditation is valid for three years and a club will be reviewed on affiliation each year. This supports clubs in ensuring that all volunteers have the correct qualifications and insurance to hold positions on the committee or to coach or lead sessions. For clubs with children and young people under the age of 18 years of age, this ensures all club welfare officers and coaches have a DBS and the appropriate training.
Why become a TriMark Club?
A TriMark Club is recognised as having met defined national standards in providing a club structure that is well managed, is safe and has an active programme of coaching and activities for members and the local community to enjoy. Accredited clubs gain a better understanding of club governance, what it means to be an inclusive club and, on completion, will know they have all the club management tools in place to better service their club members.
What are the benefits?
The main benefits are the support available to the club, these include:
- Attaining a recognised accreditation benchmark
- Providing a benchmark for new members looking for a recognised and supportive club that will support their sporting journey
- An asset pack with a TriMark Club certificate and logos for use on social media and club website
- Access to your Regional Manager to support your club development - contact your local Regional Manager
- Guidance documents to support the running of your club - see club resources page
- Support with funding applications
- Priority access to British Triathlon courses, CPD workshops and other regional opportunities when advertised
- Club committee have a set of operating instructions that have met accreditation standards demonstrating the club is managed and administered in line with British Triathlon standards.
To gain TriMark Club Bronze accreditation, a club must be affiliated to Triathlon England. On application, the club is assessed against a set of criteria to ensure it meets the necessary standards.
The criteria are broken down into four distinct areas as follows:
- The club affiliates to Triathlon England
- The club has an open, non-discriminatory and up-to-date constitution
- The club has a management committee with defined roles and responsibilities
Training and Coaching Offer
- The club has at least one Level I coach (post October 2016)
- The club has written roles/responsibilities laid down and assigned to all coaches involved with delivery
- The club provides a minimum of one coached club training session per week for all abilities
- The club has an open and inclusive membership offer
- All of the club’s voluntary workforce, including committee members volunteers and coaches, abide by a code of conduct
- The club has a qualified welfare officer with a minimum qualification of the Time to Listen course
- All coaches have completed either the UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop for those that coach children or the UK Coaching Safeguarding Adults workshop
- The welfare officer and coaches of juniors have a valid DBS through British Triathlon
- The club adopts the British Triathlon Policies and/or its own equivalent policy statement on Safeguarding, Equity and Clean Sport
To apply for TriMark Club Bronze, a club should open the club management page and log into their account. From here the club needs to complete the TriMark Club Bronze form. If you have all the information the form should take no more than 30 minutes to complete - top tip: view the form first, then collect all the information you need to complete the form. Once the form is submitted, your Regional Manager will then contact you to explain the next stages.
The club resources page has a wealth of guidance and templates such as club constitution, committee job descriptions and other information to provide support for clubs. Other information in running your club can be found on these links:
- Coaches who coach athletes under the age of 18 years of age will need to apply for a DBS check. Once completed, this is valid for three years from the date of issue
- Safeguarding and Protecting Children (SPC) workshop. This is compulsory for all coaches working with athletes under the age of 18 years. Coaches working only with adults can attend the SPC workshop or attend the UK Coaching’s Safeguarding Adults workshop.
- Welfare officers who need to attend a Time to Listen course can find more information on this webpage
- Those clubs with juniors will find the Young Persons Guide useful in helping to shape their club’s junior programme
- There are also useful resources and guides for all clubs on the Club Matters website that will provide valuable information on running your club
- Useful information on funding can also be found on the Sport England website
Need Further Help?
If you need further information, our Frequently Asked Questions page will most probably be able to answer it. If you need more information or assistance, then contact please contact your Regional Manager or email firstname.lastname@example.org