Boccia England

Club Accreditation

Boccia England Club Accreditation recognises good practice in boccia clubs. The accreditation is designed to recognise clubs who have demonstrated a minimum level of operating standards and therefore offer a safe and supportive club environment.

Level 1
Details the minimum operating standards that Boccia England expects in a good boccia club.
Level 2
Recognise clubs who consistently demonstrate a high level of practice in all aspects of the club.

Benefits

Level 1

  • Accreditation provides quality assurance for current and prospective players and families/guardians.
  • Formally addresses equality and safeguarding giving parents confidence when choosing a club for their child.
  • Places your club in the Boccia England website club finder database – boosting publicity and ultimately increasing membership.
  • Ensures your club adopts more organised systems and structures, thus helping you to run more effectively and efficiently.
  • Enhances player morale as the sense of belonging to something special is increased.
  • Right to use the Boccia England Club Accreditation branding on any of your club’s promotional material.
  • The accreditation will strengthen any bids for funding that may be made to external agencies by the club (many agencies insist on NGB Club Accreditation).
  • Become part of a network of quality and accredited boccia clubs across the country.
  • Accredited clubs are able to apply to Boccia England for a Club Volunteer Development Grant to be used towards supporting volunteers in obtaining a Safeguarding and Child Protection Certificate and a Disability in Sport Awareness qualification or equivalent. (Maximum of £50 per club per year).

Level 2

All of the Level 1 Benefits plus:

  • Preference when we recommend clubs for funding and new players.
  • 10% discount on Elite Boccas Boccia Balls for the duration of their accreditation (maximum of two sets per year).
  • Accredited clubs are able to apply to Boccia England for a Club Coach Development Grant to be used towards supporting coaches to achieve a Level 1 Coaching Qualification. (Grants to cover up to 50% of the course cost, maximum of one grant per club per year)

Criteria

Level 1

Development

  • Have current club / organisation + club member’s membership with Boccia England and therefore have public liability insurance.
  • The club must be or have members competing in one or more of Boccia England’s competition pathways. This includes the National Boccia League, Boccia England Championships and the Schools Boccia programme.
  • The club engages and communicates with its members and supporters to show an understanding of they want and expect from the club.

Training and events programme

  • The club has a minimum of one person who holds the Level 1 Award in Coaching Boccia or a Boccia England Leaders Award.
  • The club coaches provide regular structured coaching / training sessions.
  • Maintain a club workforce database.

Duty of care and safeguarding

  • The club has adopted and implemented the Boccia England Safeguarding Children and Young People policy and the Boccia England Safeguarding Adults at Risk policy.
  • The club must appoint, promote and identify a Club Welfare Officer, who is required to attend a Sports Coach UK ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ workshop.
  • The club ensures that appropriate first aid is available and has access to first aid equipment at all coaching and competitive sessions.
  • The club has emergency procedures for dealing with injuries/accidents.
  • Each coach, referee and volunteer whose roles include responsibilities related to working with children and meet the relevant criteria must have current DBS.
  • The club sessions must have a specific risk assessment.
  • The club has a membership database with contact details and emergency / alternative contact details for all players, coaches, volunteers, and careers.
  • The club ensures adequate insurance cover is in place. It’s the clubs responsibility to make sure you have the appropriate insurance regardless of whether you own, lease or share facilities.

Sports equity and ethics

  • To implement and adopted an appropriate club equity statement relevant to your club.
  • Promote Boccia England’s Codes of Conducts and ensure they are adhered to. Note: Clubs are encouraged to add in their own additional criteria to the codes of conducts.

Level 2*

Development

  • The club has an ‘active’ partnership with one or more local special school, mainstream school or youth organisation involving disabled people. Note: An example of an ‘active partnership’ could include displaying posters detailing club coaching sessions on school notice boards, the club or its representatives provide coaching sessions within the school day or after hours.
  • The club has a Club Development Plan that is reviewed annually. This process should include identifying the club’s current status and where the club plans to be in the short term and long term future. The development plan must include sections on coach and official development, player and volunteer recruitment and training.

Training and events programme

  • The club has a minimum of one person who holds the Level 1 Award in Coaching Boccia
  • The club has a minimum of one person who holds a Boccia England official’s qualification.
  • The club supports Boccia England in the promotion of the game, delivery of competitions, leagues and local activity.

Duty of care and safeguarding

  • The club maintains a player to coach ratio of 8:1 at every training session.
  • The Club Welfare Officer reports to the Club Management Committee or equivalent.

*Must also meet Level 1 criteria.

Processes

Accreditation

Step 1
Begin working towards achieving the relevant criteria for level 1 or 2
Step 2
Collate evidence and submit to Boccia England
Step 3
Boccia England will review evidence, if all criteria are achieved, accreditation will be awarded.

If not all criteria are met, Boccia England will help the club prepare an action plan to help achieve accreditation.

Reaccreditation

Step 1
Review current club status and development requirements
Step 2
Complete and submit annual health check to ensure standards are being maintained
Step 3
Boccia England will review the annual health check, if all criteria are still achieved, accreditation will be re-awarded.

Boccia England encourages clubs to achieve the highest level possible

Next Level

Step 1
Begin working towards achieving the higher level criteria
Step 2
Collate evidence and submit to Boccia England
Step 3
Boccia England will review evidence, if all criteria are achieved, accreditation will be awarded

If not all criteria are met, Boccia England will help the club prepare an action plan to help achieve accreditation.

All applicants may be subject to a club inspection from Boccia England to ensure standards are being adhered to and maintained. Boccia England also reserves the right to withdraw a club’s accreditation at any time.

If you’re interested in achieving club accreditation, contact us and you’ll receive a Club Accreditation Pack plus support from the Club Development Officer.