During our first season in 2008, the Johnstone Jets were awarded Clubmark Accreditation by the sport’s Governing Body, Scottish Cycling. This was great news for youth cycling in the West of Scotland as the Club was the first in the region to accomplish this. Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections and is designed to highlight sports clubs that meet the high standards necessary to work with children and young people. The Club has worked extremely hard to get the required policies and procedures in place and with a dedicated group of volunteers, who made all of this possible, the Club has now been awarded with the prestigious Go Ride Clubmark award.
The Club works very closely with Scottish Cycling and has regular contact with Scottish Cycling’s Regional Development Coach for the West of Scotland, Richard Lord, and Scottish Cycling’s Volunteer Support Officer, Rudi Doorn.
The Award was presented to the Club by Scottish Cycling's Board Member, Tom Forbes at Linwood Sports Centre, which is the main venue for the Club’s activities and events. Tom Forbes applauded the achievement:
'I was delighted to be able to present the Clubmark award to the Johnstone Jets on behalf of everyone at Scottish Cycling. This is a major achievement and reward for the Club and sends an important message that this is the place to be for youth cyclists of all ages living in Renfrewshire. I would like to congratulate the Club Coaches and other Volunteers along with Scottish Cycling for all the effort they have put in since the Jets were formed earlier this year and it is hard to believe what has been achieved in such a short period of time. The popularity of cycling is at an all time high since the summer Olympics and it is through Clubs such as the Johnstone Jets that we will find the Chris Hoy's and Ross Edgar's of tomorrow, especially when the new Glasgow Velodrome opens at the end of 2011'
A copy of the certificate can be found by clicking on the link
More on Clubmark
Clubmark is a cross-sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections. Sports clubs that work with children and young people need and deserve support to improve the quality of work they do so that we can:
Ensure the well-being of young people whilst in the care of adults, other than their legal parent(s) / carer(s).
Enthuse young people to enjoy sport and active recreation to build a healthy and active lifestyle.
Enable young people to use their leisure time creatively.
Allow young people to optimise their talents and personal ability.
Identify and support the development of the most talented young people.
All organisations involved in accrediting clubs are subject to a licensing process, following the recommendations of the Clubmark Review (March 2006). This highlighted the need for cross sport moderation, robustness and integrity within the system. The licence is designed to ensure that all organisations involved work to a minimum operating framework and can prove it. This will help to establish Clubmark as the mark of high quality junior clubs.
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