Kwiek Korfball Clubmark success

Medway’s reputation as a centre of excellence for korfball has received another boost.

Kwiek Korfball Club has become the second korfball club in Medway to achieve Clubmark – the national mark of excellence for youth sports provision. The national league club’s success takes the total number of Clubmark clubs in Medway to 28.

Photo of Kwiek Korfball Club members with head coach John Sandow with their Clubmark certificateClubmark is Sport England’s accreditation for excellence in sports provision for young people. Successful clubs must demonstrate good management and a commitment to equality, diversity and safeguarding children, as well as delivering an excellent playing programme.

The club, whose juniors train at Strood Sports Centre and seniors at Woodlands Primary School in Gillingham, have qualified and experienced coaches for all standards of play from new starters to national level.

Jane Baldwin, former chairman and now vice chairman, said: "Working towards Clubmark enabled us to review and adapt existing policies to ensure high standards and improved qualities for all our junior members.

“Clubmark is an ongoing development to ensure growth, progression and structure for the future of our korfball club. It is a fantastic achievement."

Clubmark logoShe added: "Kwiek Korfball Club are very grateful to all who helped with the Clubmark process, particularly Emma Banks for all her hard work."

Korfball is a fast, dynamic sport similar to netball and basketball, uniquely played by mixed-sex teams.

Kwiek have competed at the highest senior and junior level in England, providing players for the national and county teams. The club has an enviable reputation of winning at least one competition per year since its formation in 1976.

For more information about Kwiek Korfball Club visit www.kwiekkc.co.uk.

To find out more about the help available from Medway Council for clubs wanting to apply for Clubmark status, call 01634 338766 or email sportsdevteam@medway.gov.uk.

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