The club has been awarded New Zealand Football’s Quality Club Mark (QCM).
It is one of only eight clubs in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty region, and fewer than 40 nationwide, to hold QCM 1 star – Developing Club accreditation.
“The award is quite an achievement for a club that tries to operate in a professional manner but entirely through the work of unpaid volunteers,” club president Peter Martens said.
“As part of the accreditation process, we had to calculate how many volunteers contribute and to what degree. We were surprised to realise that more than 100 volunteers collectively put in more than 30,000 hours of unpaid work a year for the club.
“That’s the equivalent of having about 14 full-time employees.”
Achieving QCM accreditation was a natural step for Cambridge. “This means that outside assessors have looked at our club and instead of just us thinking we do a good job, other people have looked at it objectively, compared us to sets of standards and decided that we are doing a good job. And that’s really comforting,” said Martens
New Zealand Football created the New Zealand Football Quality Club Mark to help football clubs perform at their peak. This is a national partnership with the seven district federations as well as 17 regional sports trusts and Sport New Zealand.
Quality Club Mark aims to promote continuous improvement in the way football is delivered and supports clubs as they adopt standards of best practice.
“Quality Club Mark means that Cambridge Football Club has demonstrated both desire and capability to achieve standards of best practice,” NZ Football’s community football director Cam Mitchell said in a letter confirming the club’s QCM accreditation.
“The standards have been set by its parent body, leading to Cambridge Football Club delivering football in a safe environment for players, coaches, volunteers, administrators and parents.”
The QCM ‘1 star – Developing Club’ accreditation is valid from 2015 – 2017.
Football is a major contributor to healthy vibrant communities across New Zealand, with 83,633 registered junior, youth and college players, 24,557 registered senior players and 13,751 futsal players, all being supported by 1,000 official referees and 6,000 coaches, plus thousands of volunteers.
“We acknowledge that we are only able to achieve this through clubs like Cambridge Football Club and therefore encourage partnership and support of Cambridge Football Club so that they can continue to deliver football in the community they serve,” Mitchell said.
The QCM follows several recent awards for the Cambridge club, including being named the Waipa Sports Club of the Year and the WaiBOP Football Club of the Year in 2014. The club also won last year’s Supreme Award in the Waipa Trustpower Community Service Awards.
Pictured: club president Peter Martens (left) and club secretary Josh Easby with the QCM.