West Berkshire’s wheelchair basketball club is celebrating after it was given Clubmark accreditation on Sunday.
Thames Valley Kings, which plays at the Kennet Centre in Thatcham, was presented with the Clubmark certificate at British Wheelchair Basketball’s national club conference.
The Kings had to demonstrate that they operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards.
Completing this highlights that the Kings have shown excellent practice in a number of areas, such as coach and athlete development.
And it means that the Kings are now among just a handful of wheelchair basketball clubs across the country to have gained the Clubmark accreditation, operated by Sport England.
Kings’ chairman Jacqueline Scoins-Cass said: “It has been a really busy but rewarding couple of years for everyone at the club.
“This has included winning club of the year in 2016, followed by the Queen’s Award earlier this year, and now getting Clubmark accredited.
“We are really pleased that the club has reached the standard for Clubmark accreditation.”
The club has seen its membership grow extensively over the last 12 months, with adult and junior teams playing competitively in leagues and competitions.
It is hoped accreditation will better allow the Kings to develop club infrastructure, as well as supporting and training up new coaches and volunteers.
The presentation was made by British Wheelchair Basketball’s chairman Paul Hudson and club development manager Jay Popat.
Mr Popat said: “It is a pleasure to present the Kings with their Clubmark accreditation.
“The club have shown brilliant commitment to developing a strong infrastructure to support members and volunteers.
“They have also demonstrated excellent communication throughout the club to keep everyone well informed and engaged with club activity.”