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Medway is now the leading authority in the south -east for Clubmark accredited sports clubs.

Clubmark is the nationally-recognised quality mark for sports clubs. Medway now has 55 clubs that have achieved Clubmark or the Football Association's equivalent status - three more than its nearest rival Milton Keynes, and 14 more than Kent's second-placed authority, Swale.

The latest clubs to celebrate their success are Anchorians Football Club, the Howard Table Tennis Club and Wigmore Cycling Club.

Picture of the Anchorians FC U15 teamAnchorians has become the first football club in Medway to achieve the Football Association's Charter Standard Community Status. This is an enhanced award as part of the FA's Charter Standard scheme recognising clubs that are at the heart of their community.

Chairman Leigh Willis said: "This is a historic land mark for our club, which two years ago was not even a charter standard club. It shows that all the hard work over this period of time has paid off by achieving the Community award.   

"This accolade now gives us the foundations to evolve further, both at a club level with our facilities, but also by building and expanding our relationships with the local community, so that we can offer more people the opportunity to participate in football."

The Howard is the second table tennis club in Medway to achieve Clubmark status, the quality accreditation from Sport England for clubs with junior sections. The club is based at the Howard Table Tennis Centre.  

Picture of players at the Howard Table Tennis ClubLisa Williams is the regional development officer for the English Table Tennis Association.

She said: "Thanks to the hard work of the club volunteers, Howard TTC has now achieved Clubmark status, which shows the club operates to a set of consistent operating standards and provides high quality table tennis for the local community."

Wigmore CC is the first cycling club in Medway to achieve Clubmark status. The club was formed in 1948 and has grown into a thriving club with a strong youth cycling section.

 

To achieve Clubmark, a club must comply with minimum standards in participation, duty of care and child protection, sports equity and ethics and club management.

Medway's Clubmark clubs come together to form Medway's Community Sports Network to take a leading role in promoting and developing sporting opportunities in Medway.

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council's Community Services Portfolio Holder, said: "Medway Council's 2012 and Sports Development Team actively support the recognition and achievement of Clubmark. The Community Sport Network has been set up to actively promote the Clubmark philosophy and to assist in the development of sport in Medway where appropriate.

"The group are actively working towards raising the profile and getting the message out to parents, schools and youth groups that seeking out accredited clubs ensures children will have the best start and experiences in sport."

For the full list of Clubmark clubs visit the Find a Club section of the council's Sports Development website.

Medway Council's 2012 and Sports Development team offers support to clubs wishing to work towards Clubmark status. For more information contact Sarah Dand on 01634 338766 or email sportsdevteam@medway.gov.uk.

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