Wednesday, 15 September 2021 13:43

Club passes safeguarding audit

Written by Bobby Kerr

HELENSBURGH Tennis Club passed its recent safeguarding audit by Tennis Scotland with flying colours.

From October 2018, all Lawn Tennis Association registered venues are required to meet six safeguarding standards.

The Lead Welfare Officer of Tennis Scotland conducts an audit at every tennis club in Scotland to ensure they not only meet the minimum safeguarding standards, but that the clubs are given support to identify areas where they can improve.

All registered tennis clubs across the UK now have to have a Welfare Officer who has primary responsibility for managing and reporting concerns about children/adults at risk and for putting into place procedures to safeguard children. The club has two Welfare Officers, Carol Bews and Bobby Kerr.

The audit reviews all the club’s policies and procedures to ensure they meet the minimum standards set by the LTA.

Following the audit Mat Hulbert, Tennis Scotland’s Lead Welfare Officer said: “Helensburgh Tennis Club fully understood the need for high safeguarding standards and evidenced a high quality of delivery against the six standards and has exceeded the minimum standard in a number of areas.

“There was a good response to the survey issued by Tennis Scotland which evidenced a high level of member satisfaction with Club and Coaching programmes”

Club President Keith Love said: “We are fully committed to have a safe and inclusive environment for people to play tennis. All our coaches are fully trained and disclosure checked.

"In the coming weeks, we are extending our safeguarding training to our full committee which is further evidence in our commitment to our members."

All the club's policies in this area can be read in the 'About the club' section of this website.