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Explore Club Roles

Club support roles

The range of support roles required in clubs will vary depending on lots of factors; business structure, operational hours, size of club etc.  However, all clubs have a few key roles that are requirements of our membership and help to make sure your club remains safe, effective and participant-focused.

Roles include:

  • Club Secretary/Club Manager
  • Welfare officer
  • Head Coach
  • DBS Verifier

You’ll find more information about these roles below.  If you’re looking to develop your skills in these roles, we offer a number of courses and qualifications to support you, delivered by British Gymnastics Education.  

Club Secretary/Club Manager
Depending on the size and structure of your club you may have a Club Secretary or a Club Manager; the person who is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the club and the club’s interactions with us.  Whether voluntary or paid, coach or administrator, this role is vital in ensuring the club runs smoothly and is accessing all of the support and help available from British Gymnastics

This person may be someone who is active in your coaching team, someone who is part of your committee or could be a parent who is willing to volunteer, but this is a vital role as it is the initial point of contact between the club and us.  The Club Secretary/Club Manager will be the person who deals with club affiliation and British Gymnastics memberships and will have full access to our online club management tool, GymNET, to carry out these activities. Ideally this person will also connect with the participation teams to make sure your Club is making the most of the opportunities and support available.  

Welfare Officer

The safety and well-being of gymnasts are always top priority. Although the responsibility for safeguarding falls on everyone, a critical element in safeguarding is the Welfare Officer; an individual who is responsible for safeguarding and promoting welfare of young people within the club. All affiliated clubs and gymnastics events are required to have a Welfare Officer in place to be responsible for:

  • Responding to child protection and poor practice concerns
  • Providing support and advice in the implementation of procedures that safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Assisting the club to more be child-focussed in its activities e.g. involving children in decision making processes

The role cannot be taken on by a key member of the coaching team or member of her/his immediate family; however an individual who has a more limited involvement in coaching can take on the role, in the event there is no other acceptable alternative. This is to make sure that any issues can be dealt with impartially and effectively.  The ideal person may be a parent or other volunteer with professional experience in child protection and/or safeguarding e.g. police officer, social worker, teacher, nursery nurse etc, or anyone willing to take on the role and attend the relevant training.

We can help to support this role holder by connecting them to our Welfare Officer network and there are also Welfare conferences and ongoing learning opportunities to experience.

Welfare Officers are required to hold current British Gymnastics membership (minimum of Bronze), a current (within the last 3 years) a criminal records check certificate, a current (within the last 3 years) Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificate (including our online Safeguarding Refresher) and a current (within the last 3 years) Time to Listen certificate which you can gain by taking our Time to Listen course. For further information on what safeguarding training we accept, please visit our safeguarding page and scroll down to 'Training'.)

If you need help information and support in identifying a suitable person for this role, please download our pdf Recruiting a Welfare Officer guide (130 KB) .

Head Coach
The Head Coach may be the only coach in a smaller club or could be discipline specific in larger clubs, but this is the person in your club who is likely to be responsible for the activities and disciplines delivered. Typical responsibilities include implementing new types of gymnastics, managing new qualification and learning opportunities for coaches, assistant coaches and helpers; It may be the role of this person to help to plan that with the club and the coaching team.  Depending on the focus for the club, connecting with the Performance Pathway or the Participation teams in the field can help to support the clubs goals.  This is something the Head Coach may be active in, along with any other appropriate people in the club structure.

The Head Coach must hold a minimum of UKCC Level 2 gymnastics qualification and should be helping to make sure the club is delivering great, consistent gymnastics.

All Level 2 and above coaches, including this role, need to hold current Gold membership, a current (within the last 3 years) criminal records check certificate and a current (within the last 3 years) Safeguarding and Protecting Children certificate (or Home Country equivalents). For further information on what safeguarding training we accept, please visit our safeguarding page and scroll down to 'Training'.)

We offer a broad spectrum of coaching courses to support coaches and develop skills. Explore our coaching courses.

DBS Verifier
DBS stands for Disclosure and Barring Service and is the organisation that deals with criminal records checking for England and Wales. The Home Country equivalents are Disclosure Scotland for PVG applications and Access NI for Northern Ireland.  The DBS verifier is the person who is responsible for ensuring any DBS or Home Country equivalent applications are authentic and represent the person applying for them.  They will check the proof of ID for the applicants and sign a declaration that the application is genuine and truthful in all areas.  The role holder will need a minimum of British Gymnastics Bronze membership.

This role can be carried out by either part of the club management structure, a member of the coaching team or a willing and reliable volunteer.  

The great news is that DBS applications can all now be completed online which makes the entire process simple and effective. The DBS verifier will receive a log-in and Organisation PIN which will allow them to send out online applications and also verify ID and sign the declaration online as well.  For PVG and Access NI please visit their websites for online availability and instruction of completing applications.

We can help to familiarise this role holder with the online system and also provide guidance on eligibility of application.  

For any further information on Club Roles, or to clarify any of these details, please contact our Customer Support team on 0345 129 7129 (Calls to an 0345 number are charged at a standard rate (calls from mobile phones may vary). Calls may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes) or email to customersupport@british-gymnastics.org

For more information explore our club support courses