Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Question in Parliament on ClubMark

Most of you will know my concern reagrding ClubMark my MP Gordon Henderson asked a question the House for which I am very lucky to have an MP who is prepared to help

Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey, Conservative)
To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport

(1) what steps he is taking to ensure that sports clubs that choose not to apply for Clubmark status receive fair and equal treatment from local authorities and other providers of sports facilities;

(2) what role Knight, Kavanagh and Page has in the operation of the Clubmark scheme; and how much Knight, Kavanagh and Page has been paid by his Department for discharging that role in the last 12 months;

(3) what the cost of administering the Clubmark scheme was in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 14 September 2010, c951W)

Hugh Robertson (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport; Faversham and Mid Kent, Conservative)

It is at the discretion of local authorities and local sports providers to determine the level of support they offer to local sports clubs. We are keen to help ensure quality of sporting provision across the board, and in many cases Clubmark, or its equivalent, helps deliver this.

Many local authorities have chosen to adopt the scheme because Clubmark accreditation recognises a club's commitment to providing a safe quality environment for young people.

Sport England invests £174,000 per annum into the Clubmark scheme directly through Knight, Kavanagh and Page who manage and administer the whole programme on their behalf.

Can not say I am over enthusiastic on Hugh Robertson MP reply especially as he is the MP for our neighbouring Constituency which is part of Swale B C  One would have thought he would discussed his feeling with me direct as someone who lives in his Borough Council and was an ex councillor?.

The discretion is on local Councils this being the case I hope they instruct the local Schools Sports Officer to stop telling people not to go to Non ClubMark Clubs

Our Young Judo Club has been providing a safe quality environment for young people since 1957 when we were established and to suggest we do not is an insult to everyone who has been involved in the club If Hugh Robertson  MP had spent more time looking round his Borough he would know that

£174,000 on Consultants to promote ClubMark which 80% of the Countries Sports Club are not involved in?
I believe Club Mark has been going for 8 years if this is the case that would have cost the Tax Payer £1,392,000 under Labour that is no surprise but under this Government that promises savings it beggars belief

Next time your Council Sports facilities increase ask them to get out of the ClubMark fund

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