Clubs that are well managed tend to be successful. They have well ordered finances, volunteers and members are kept informed with good communication. If the day to day running of the club is dealt with efficiently, strong links can be formed with external partners such as sports development and local schools and relationships formed with the relevant NGB to ensure that good practice is maintained. A well managed club plans for the future as well as being prepared in the event of emergencies.
Running and organising a club, however, is never easy and takes a considerable amount of dedication and volunteer support. Clubmark can support clubs to ensure they are effective and efficient.
Evesham Rowing Club has been accredited for just over 18 months. It found the process of gaining Clubmark worthwhile and was supported by its regional development officer, in the form of meetings and gathering supporting evidence. Spokesperson Robin Walker believes that "Clubmark has been instrumental in providing a structure for the club, improving organisation that has led to improvements in club management".
As part of City of Salford Volleyball Club's submission for its Clubmark application, the Club looked hard at its short and long term development plan. Formalising the club's required actions galvanised the club into seeking local partners to achieve its goals - to this effect the club has created new development links with schools, Salford Sports Network & the Salford School Sports Partnership.