Club development is an important part of our work. EFDS Clubmark Accreditation is a mark for disability multi-sport clubs or disability specific sports, which do not have an eligible governing body. EFDS works closely with the County Sports Partnership to support clubs through the process and work with disability organisations such as Actionnaires.
EFDS has played an active role on the national Clubmark advisory group as the current equality representative. This included the development of “Knowing your club and its community” section of the scheme as well as pooling equity partner’s feedback on the programme as part of the scheme’s annual review. This has supported a positive relationship with the current programme providers Knight, Kavanagh and Page.
The EFDS Inclusive Club health check was updated in 2010 to reflect the changes of legislation (Equality Act 2010) and the changing sporting landscape. The health check has been a positive success both as a tool within the regions and support from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust funded Inclusive Clubs Programme.
Work has continued through the EFDS sport development managers to include aspects of the toolkit within their work for existing club development models. The first NGB to embrace this was England Athletics, who in March 2011 launched their own Inclusive Club Health Check- developed in partnership with EFDS. This document supports clubs with their disability action planning but has also become part of their formal Clubmark accreditation/ reaccreditation process.
In 2012 we developed a free online toolkit to support clubs include more disabled people in sport. The resource was recognised as a finalist in the Sports Technology Awards 2014. Register on the site to gain more resources, signposting and advice.
Access our Inclusion Club Hub through this link.