Clean Sport Accreditation

The Clean Sport Accreditation offers institutions working in Further and Higher Education the opportunity to act as standard-bearers for clean sport by providing students and staff with essential anti-doping education - and a clean sport environment in which to learn, train and compete clean.

University sport continues to grow, and an increasing number of athletes are attending university taking a dual career approach. Alongside this most, if not all, of athlete support personnel roles require practitioners to have a degree.

The Clean Sport Accreditation recognises the positive work of academic institutions in promoting the ethos of clean sport through their culture, policies, practices, research and education.

Academic institutes exert major influence on the attitudes and behaviours of the young people that they educate and train. Working in partnerships with universities and colleges enables UKAD to reach future generations of athletes, as well as coaches, doctors, physiotherapists and support personnel.

The facts - what you need to know

  • UK Anti-Doping manages the Clean Sport Accreditation for Universities, and soon for Colleges too
  • By joining the Clean Sport Accreditation, each academic institute will have access to support from UKAD, including places on our Educator training
  • UKAD will typically favour Clean Sport Accredited institutions who are bidding for research funding and will use the Clean Sport Accreditation network to further support its anti-doping work
  • Organisations such as BUCS and Association of Colleges Sport actively promote the Clean Sport Accreditation programme, and work with UKAD to ensure that clean sport messages are reinforced at their main Championship events

What that means for you

As an institution, the Clean Sport Accreditation is ideal to demonstrate to prospective students your commitment to protecting the integrity of sport and anti-doping. UKAD will provide guidance and support to assist you in meeting the criteria associated with the Accreditation programme.

If you are studying at College or University, or training within these environments then encourage your institution to become part of the Clean Sport Accreditation programme.

What you should do

The Clean Sport Accreditation is designed to support FE colleges and universities and is tiered to accommodate any institute no matter how important sport may be.

Engage staff within your institute involved in sport and active lifestyles and contact UKAD to find out more on how to become a part of the Accreditation.

Clean Sport Accredited Universities

The Clean Sport Accreditation includes over 30 universities, currently at varying stages of working towards the Accreditation. UKAD wishes to celebrate those universities who have reached Accredited status at the three different tiers available (Accredited, Advanced, Elite). The following universities are currently Accredited:

  • Elite

Bath Universty     Hartpury LoughboroughCanterbury Christ Church Uni

  • Accredited

Newcastle Uni     SERC 

Where to go for further advice

For more information on how to join the Clean Sport Accreditation contact the UKAD education team at education@ukad.org.uk.