In December 2010, the county council said to all of Hertfordshire's schools "... we recommend that schools employ those coaches who meet minimum standards and are registered with CoachMark. CoachMark will be administered by the Herts Sports Partnership and it will apply to coaches who wish to work in schools, whether on a paid or voluntary basis."
That means that coaches may find they are unable to work in Herts schools if they are not CoachMark coaches. We therefore strongly recommend that individual coaches and organisations start the CoachMark process as soon as possible. The CoachMark scheme is recommended by the Herts FA, the Herts RFU and other sporting bodies.
CoachMark is a scheme for all sports coaches in Hertfordshire, in particular those looking to work in schools and on funded projects. We're collaborating on CoachMark with Hertfordshire County Council, to help coaches gain access to schools and to safeguard young people who take part in sporting activity. The CoachMark scheme:
- allows coaches to operate in schools across the county with just one DBS (the new CRB) clearance from Hertfordshire County Council
- ensures that coaches working in schools have attained a minimum operating standard - known nationally as Minimum Standards for Active Coaches
- overcomes potential problems caused by differences in interpretation of procedure between schools
- safeguards young people who take part in sport
For CoachMark clearance, coaches must individually register on the Coaching Herts Database and provide evidence that they meet minimum standards for deployment. These standards, agreed with Hertfordshire County Council, are in line with national guidance from sports coach UK and the national governing bodies for sport. The standards cover coaching qualifications, DBS/CRB disclosure, insurance, Safeguarding & Protecting Children education, references and commitment to a code of conduct. (To find out more about the minimum standards for active coaches, click here)
Once registered on the Coaching Herts database, coaches will need to have the relevant documentation verified to complete the process. We can meet coaches to carry out the necessary checks, either at verification sessions or by appointment.
For further information, contact Rob Hardwick, Coaching Development Manager with the Herts Sports Partnership, on 01707 281204 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.