CAPSThe Club Action Planning Scheme (CAPS) is a programme designed to captivate you and your netball club. It aims to support you to deliver a quality netball development programme and operate in line with best practice. 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.
CAPS has three levels of accreditation; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Bronze CAPS 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 equality and good management.
Your club will need to put paperwork together as evidence that you are meeting the set criteria and some of your members will need to attend courses. Silver and Gold CAPS are about demonstrating further quality across the areas of coaching, officiating and developing volunteers. There is no charge for registering for the CAPS scheme. All you need is a commitment to development and good, safe practice.
Why is CAPS good for you club?
Working towards CAPS enables the club to develop in a wide range of areas such as:
- Increasing membership and retaining members
- Developing coaches, umpire and volunteers
- Developing links with schools
- Raising the profile of your club
- Adopting good practice with regards to duty of care and sports equality
More information can be found by accessing the CAPS pages on the England Netball website here: https://www.englandnetball.co.uk/make-the-game/caps/
How do you become accredited?
Register your club for CAPS by completing the registration form and returning to England Netball.
You will then be contacted by the Regional Co-ordinator and your Netball Development Officer- Kate O'Leary will contact you to arrange a time to meet with you and go through the process.
The evidence is then assessed at a national assessment day and once CAPS has been achieved it is valid for four years.