Please note: In light of the current and ongoing Coronavirus situation, England Netball has taken the decision to suspend the next CAPS assessment during June 2020. Read the full statement here.
The Club Action Planning Scheme (CAPS) is aligned to the Sport England Clubmark accreditation scheme which is the only national cross sports quality accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards.
England Netball relies on volunteers and clubs to help us in all areas, and they make a huge contribution to the game of netball. We have developed a toolkit to help you pull together the evidence you will need to gain the accreditation and will show you key areas where you might need further work. We want to empower you to help increase the numbers of netballers in your local community, ensure you are providing a safe environment for your members and make sure important aspects of your club’s management are applied.The following sections contain lots of information and criteria to fulfil, together with the downloadable guidance notes and templates to help you be the best club you can be. Our team of dedicated Netball Development Officers, in every County, are here to help so please do not hesitate to get in contact – it’s what we are here for!
Why is CAPS good for your club?
CAPS is a fantastic club development tool which enables you to develop a wide range of areas within your club.
Working towards CAPS helps you to:
- Increase and retain your membership numbers
- Ensure you have the right amount of duty of care, adopting good practice for your young members
- Addresses important aspects of club management
- Develop coaches, umpires and volunteers
- Develop links with local schools in your community
- Raise the profile of your club
- Finally, it asks you to plan how you want to improve your club and helps delegate those actions
CAPS has three levels of accreditation: Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Bronze is the first level, incorporating the Clubmark criteria covering the areas of safeguarding and protecting children and young people, quality coaching and officiating, competition, talent development, sports equity and good management.
Silver and Gold are about demonstrating further quality across the areas of coaching, officiating, and developing volunteers. If you achieve Silver or Gold, you are demonstrating that you have met the minimum operating standards required for Clubmark but have also demonstrated a further commitment to ensuring a club environment which provides a higher quality of coaching, officiating, leadership and volunteering opportunities for the young people at your club.