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Fencibles achieve Club Mark 15 January 2008

Fencibles recently became the first Island badminton club to achieve Club Mark Status. Club Mark is a high quality stamp for any sports club, indicating it is safe, fair, implements good coaching and management. Badminton’s own version of this is Club Future, where clubs can achieve Foundation or Premier Club status. The Badminton England Development Officer for the North West of England, Vicky Foster-Lloyd visited the Island to present Fencibles with their two certificates; one from Sport England for achieving Club Mark status, and the other from Badminton England for becoming a Premier Club.

In order to achieve this Fencibles had to show they operated to high standard in four areas; Playing Programme, Duty of Care and child protection, Sports Equity and ethics and a sound Club Management. Vicky commented that the portfolio submitted to Badminton England was of an extremely high standard and required no further action at all for the club to achieve Premier status. Assistance had been given to the club by Dominic Hobdell, Development Officer on the Isle of Man for Badminton.

At the presentation Dominic said:

‘This is a fantastic achievement by Fencibles. As parents are now being told to specifically look for sports clubs with the Club Mark logo, Fencibles are leading the way as far as badminton is concerned. Thanks should also go to Heritage Homes and the Sports Council for their continued support in my role, which results in great steps forward such as this. I hope this inspires other clubs into realising it is important to provide a high quality service to its members, especially in terms of child protection and safety for their juniors.’

After achieving Premier status, Fencibles can now benefit from some special offers, available only to accredited badminton clubs! These include some free shuttles, free places on coach education workshops to ensure they remain a Premier club, reduced CRB checks and a £15 voucher for the Badminton England’s online shop!

The club meets on Saturday afternoons at St Ninians High School Sports Hall from 1pm to 4pm and also on Thursday evenings at Ballakermeen Sports Hall from 7pm to 10pm. Further details can be obtained from the Secretary, Roberta Cannell on 432041. The junior club has players aged 5 to 15 yrs and the senior club has all standards from beginners to county players.

The club wishes to thank all the coaches, parents, children, players and our two sponsors, Absolute Scaffolding Ltd and Newsons on the Quay, without whom they would not have been able to achieve this status.

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