RLSS UK launches new quality ‘kitemark’ scheme

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The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has launched a new scheme to recognise best practice among clubs delivering lifesaving and lifeguarding activities, and provide support to facilities looking for investment.

The new Club Development Programme is a ‘kitemark’ of quality, that will reassure the public about a member club’s high standards of management, facilities and activities.

Developed following wide consultation with RLSS UK clubs, the programme has been mapped against a variety of sport accreditation schemes, including Sport England’s Clubmark. It allows all clubs, from pool-based swimming clubs to open water providers, to assess their current performance and supports them to develop.

The quality mark also provides evidence to support investment, helping clubs to meet the grant aid criteria of most organisations. Already 10 per cent of all 400 RLSS UK clubs have signed up to the scheme.

“Additional governance, legislation and competition mean that clubs have never been more under pressure. The RLSS UK Club Development Programme is relevant to all clubs that deliver lifesaving and lifeguarding awards and activities so by definition, have a vested interest in drowning prevention.

“It crosses all disciplines, helping to embed good practice and to publicly identify which clubs are well-run with high quality activities,” says Elouise Greenwood, Participation and Activity Development Manager at RLSS UK.

As a quality ‘kitemarked’ facility, clubs will receive access to a range of support, services and resources including governance/management support, assistance with development planning, funding applications and public accessibility, directors’ and officers’ liability insurance.

For more information on the Club Development Programme or if you would like to find out about RLSS UK club membership, please contact: clubsupport@rlss.org.uk 

Visit our website at rlss.org.uk 

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Call – 0300 323 0096

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