Clubs can register for Clubmark NI online at:


Ulster Hockey Clubmark is a club development programme aligned to Sport Northern Ireland’s Clubmark NI, which is designed to support junior sports clubs to continue to develop in order to meet the demands of the 21st century. Ulster Hockey’s Clubmark programme has been specifically adapted for hockey to offer hockey clubs a range of support in the form of support officers, resource pack and online resources, based around a common framework of minimum operating standards for hockey clubs.

By registering for the award, clubs demonstrate that they are aspiring to provide quality standards and prioritising junior development, a national benchmark for high quality club hockey. Gaining an award is an accreditation making a clear statement about the quality of the club’s practices and that they are regarded as fit for purpose. 

Recognising that every club will be at different stages of development and have different needs, the club development resources and workshops can also be tailored by clubs through selecting items/ sections that will support and enhance their current practices and future development. To register your interest and for more information please contact  

How can my club get involved?

Your club registers online at:

1. A Club Award Portfolio and Information pack is sent to the club.  
2. Ulster Hockey arrange introductory meeting with club to assist the club in their development.  
3. Club submits portfolio for assessment. 
4. Ulster Hockey organise an assessment visit to the club, if portfolio is successful.  
5. Portfolio is returned to club and if all criteria are satisfied, a Club Award is made. 
6. Club receives plaque and granted use of Club Award logo for all stationary and promotional material. 
7. The Club Award is valid for three years subject to maintenance of the clubs high standards and completion of brief annual health checks. After that the club will be reassessed.

A number of resources and templates have been developed and reproduced, with permission from our partners, to assist clubs preparing for and when working through the portfolio. A full set of resources are available as downloads from the links below:

Getting Started

Ulster Hockey Club Audit

Club Development Plan

Guide to Producing Club Development Plans

Guide to Writing A Sports Development Plan

Sports Development Plan EXAMPLE TEMPLATE


Clubmark Templates

Sample Constitution (1)
Including People with Disabilities in Your Club – Guidelines (2)
Club Development Plan – Template (3)
Sample Equity Policy (4)
Sample Club Introductory Letter (5)
Sample Club Partnership Agreement (6)
Useful Contacts (7)
Volunteer Policy Framework (8)
What is Continuous Professional Development? (9)
Role Description- Lead Coach (10)
Role Description – Assistant Coach (11)
Role Description – Children’s Officer (12)
Role Description – Designated Officer (13)
Role Description – Fundraising Group (14)
Role Description – Club Volunteer Coordinator (15)
Role Description – Club Youth Team Manager (16)
Role Description – Club Chairperson (17)
Role Description – Club Communications Officer (18)
Role Description – Club Development Officer (19)
Role Description – Club Treasurer (20)
Role Description – Club Youth Coordinator (21)
Role Description – Club Treasurer (22)
IHA Game Recommendations (23)
Coaching Programme Template (24)
Procedure – Dealing with a Concern About Behaviour of a Member/Volunteer (25)
Procedure – Complaints About Possible Abuse Outside the Organisation (26)
IHA Code of Ethics for Hockey (27)
Code of Conduct for Young People (28)
Parents Code of Conduct (29)
Sports Leader Code of Conduct (30)
Confidentiality (31)
Risk Assessment Form – Template (32)
Accident Guidelines (33)
Sample – Accident Report Form (34)
Sample – Incident Report Form (35)
Sample – Blank Attendance Register (36)
Sample – Junior Membership Form (37)
Parental Consent From with Photographic Consent (38)


Additional Templates

DSNI Physical Access Template

Sample Coaches & Volunteers Pack

Sample Volunteer Induction Checklist

Planning your Club Induction

Anti Bullying Policy

Recruitment & Selection Policy

Volunteer Policy Framework