ClubsFirst is England Hockey's accreditation scheme for clubs. It is a national recognition of clubs can demonstrate that they are working towards minimum operating standards. All clubs achieving ClubsFirst also achieve the Sport England Clubmark accreditation, a nationally recognised award for sports clubs.
Why do ClubsFirst?
Clubs achieving the ClubsFirst award are recognised as working towards providing a Safe, Effective and Child Friendly hockey environment. They also receive the CLUBMARK award. County Sports Partnerships and funding agencies are increasingly recognising these clubs and choosing to work with them as a priority. There are also a range of benefits, priority bookings and other services available to ClubsFirst clubs.
See some quotes below from Clubs who rate the process:
"We found working towards and achieving England Hockey ClubsFirst an enlightening and rewarding experience and I believe that we are a better club as a result"
J Randle - Kettering HC
"Our Under 18 girls (who won tickets to the event by winning the first ever ClubsFirst Under 18 tournament) watched the men's finals on Sunday with their coach and manager, and they all learned a great deal; it was useful for me to attend the ClubFirst presentation on Monday, 20 August and all the matches that day were tremendous. The young girls and boys from our club who went as mascots will remember their day at the games for the rest of their lives - a truly awesome experience for them"
D. Kirby - Kingston upon Hull HC
ClubsFirst is England Hockey's club accreditation scheme. It is the”kite mark” for clubs that can demonstrate that they are working towards minimum operating standards (MOS). ClubsFirst is aligned with the Sport England Clubmark accreditation, recognised nationally by NGBs, local government, education and the sporting industry. In its simplest terms, the process will ensure that your club has a “safe effective and child friendly” club environment
If your club is interested in ClubsFirst, contact your England Hockey Relationship Manager here