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Clubs in the Staffordshire region with Active ClubsFirst Accreditations:

  • Leek
  • Lichfield
  • Cannock
  • Triton
  • Tamworth

ClubsFirst Badge

ClubsFirst is the England Hockey accreditation scheme for clubs. It is a national recognition of clubs that can demonstrate that they are working towards minimum operating standards. All clubs achieving ClubsFirst also achieve the Sport England Clubmark accreditation, a nationally recognised award for sports clubs.

Club MarkClubsFirst has recently undergone a revamp which has included the review of both content and branding. We are extremely pleased to have rolled out the Fourth Edition of ClubsFirst. We have revised the document and process as 'sport' is an ever-changing industry and the demands on National Governing Bodies (NGBs) like England Hockey from government and key funding partners such as Sport England, mean that policy and products need to be revised from time to time to ensure they are current and fit for purpose.

Why do ClubsFirst?


Clubs First PackClubs achieving the ClubsFirst award are recognised as working towards providing a Safe, Effective and Child Friendly hockey Environment. They also receive the CLUBMARK award. County Sports Partnerships and Funding agencies are increasingly recognising these clubs and choosing to work with them as a priority. There are also a range of benefits, priority bookings and other services available to ClubsFirst clubs.


See some quotes below from Clubs who rate the process:


"We found working towards and achieving England Hockey ClubsFirst an enlightening and rewarding experience and I believe that we are a better club as a result"

J Randle - Kettering HC


"Our Under 18 girls (who won tickets to the event by winning the first ever Clubs 1st Under 18 tournament) watched the men's finals on Sunday with their coach and manager, and they all learned a great deal; it was useful for me to attend the Clubs 1st presentation on Monday, 20 August and all the matches that day were tremendous. The young girls and boys from our club who went as mascots will remember their day at the games for the rest of their lives - a truly awesome experience for them"

D. Kirby - Kingston upon Hull HC


ClubsFirst is the England Hockey club accreditation scheme. It is the”kite mark” for clubs that can demonstrate that they are working towards minimum operating standards (MOS). ClubsFirst is aligned with the Sport England Clubmark accreditation, recognised nationally by NGBs, local government, education and the sporting industry. In its simplest terms, the process will ensure that your club has a “safe effective and child friendly” club environment.



To register for ClubsFirst just download a registration form, complete it and send it to England Hockey. There is a small charge of £20 to cover the resource and administration cost only.


Then what?

You will be sent an Assessment Pack and details of who can help you to achieve the award. Your EH Development Officer will be available to assist you through the process along with CSPs, and affiliated clubs.

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