Blackwell and District Young Striders Athletics Club has become the latest Sport England Athletics Club to become Clubmark accredited.
Established in 2005, the club has over 40 members and is recognised as a leading Junior Athletic Club in the East Midlands, competing both locally and nationally.
Clubmark was introduced in 2002 by Sport England and recognises sports clubs that offer a safe and friendly environment for young athletes to come and train and participate in sporting activities.
Club Coach Rob Platts said: “I am delighted we have reached Clubmark status. The athletes, coaches, parents and volunteers have worked really hard to get to this level and it’s great to see all our work recognised and our commitment to junior athletics rewarded.
“We have some very talented young athletes here and what with the Olympics this year, what a great time for our club to receive this award.”
Since BADYS was formed it has won numerous team competitions on the track and field and cross country.
Last season alone they won the county champions at 100m and Shot Put, the U11s girls team won the Derbyshire AA Cross Country team event and several athletes gained county vests to compete for Derbyshire in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championship in Birmingham.
The club is supported by a variety of organisations and groups including local councillors Alan Tomlinson and Clive Moesby and Bolsover and District School Sports Partnership.
Local Bolsover District Councillor for Blackwell, Cllr Alan Tomlinson, said: “This is a great local athletics club. I can remember when they first set up with a couple of members running around the field on a cold wet Saturday morning, but I look at the progress they have made now and it just goes to show what can be achieved through hard work and commitment. Well done to everyone involved.”
The Club meets at Tibshelf Community School every Saturday morning between 11am -12.30pm and welcomes anyone over the age of seven to join them. For more information contact Rob Platts on 07913959841 or visit their website www.badys.org.uk for details.