Badminton Scotland’s new Shuttlemark initiative has made a strong start to its first year, with six clubs joining Scotland’s National Club Accreditation Scheme since November’s launch.
The programme aims to help support and develop clubs in order to increase participation in the sport and involves three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold – each of which have seven key requirements that must be met.
This in turn allows clubs to access certain rewards and benefits and Badminton Scotland’s Coaching & Development Manager Lyndsay Morrison has been delighted with the initial response to the programme:
“It’s great to see the momentum growing for clubs working towards and achieving Shuttlemark.
“This month Glasgow Disability Badminton Club has become the first to receive our Silver award, which is very exciting and since the launch of the programme we have seen a really strong interest in it from all over Scotland.
“What we have found is that most clubs going through the programme already have many of the policies and processes in place, but the programme allows the development team to recognise and support them to include additional documents and procedures to fill any gaps.”
Glasgow Disability Badminton is the only club so far to have achieved the silver standard while the first to be rewarded with bronze was Glenearn on March 12th.
Since then four other clubs have followed suit with Dundee Nomads, NEFBA Jaguars (Cupar), Wing (Dunfermline) and Forthside (Stirling) all gaining the bronze level, and various others in the latter stages of achieving one of the accreditation levels.
The benefits of Shuttlemark are aimed at developing and strengthening infrastructure and helping plan for the future in order to increase membership and participation and Ms Morrison continued:
“It’s not just about having a piece of paper or a template. Achieving Shuttlemark is about working with clubs to ensure processes are fully embedded within the club environment and by working towards Shuttlemark, they will be in a safer and stronger position for the future.
“The big question is – who will be the first to achieve our Gold level?”
For more information on Shuttlemark contact Euan Murray, Badminton Scotland Regional Development Officer, on 0141 445 1218 or email firstname.lastname@example.org