There are some outstanding organisations that deliver high-quality sports to our community in Guernsey. Tradition plays a huge part in why certain sporting organisations exist now, but their operation can be open to significant challenge in some areas.
Currently there is a vast difference in how sports are experienced, for children & young people, adult participants and volunteers. Sports clubs differ hugely in their governance and their safeguarding practice. Some clubs are better funded, have support of a National Governing Body and have a big volunteer workforce, whereas some lack in all of those areas.
Not all sports understand where they fit into the overall sports and physical activity pathway. We must support sports organisations to work collaboratively and help them fulfil the part they can play in delivering wider strategic benefits to the island. There is a need for leadership and central support from the Sports Commission to help sports achieve this.
In five years’ time we should be able to measure the success of Guernsey sports organisations in terms of defined minimum operating standards. We will introduce SportsMark, an accreditation scheme which will focus on good governance and safeguarding. A sports club achieving SportsMark will show that they are a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages as well as help parents and carers know that they’re choosing the right club for their young people.
During the next five years we will help sports organisations to understand why they exist and how they fit into the overall sports pathway that extends from children in their early years through to mature adults.