A multi-sports club in Prestwich has become the first in the UK to achieve accreditations for all its disciplines.

Prestwich Cricket, Tennis and Bowling Club has now obtained clubmark status from Greater Sport Manchester for its crown green bowling section.

This follows the recent award of the Charter Standard for its newly-formed football section from the FA.

The tennis and cricket sections gained the awards some time ago.

In recognition of the Heys Road club’s achievements, Bury Sports Development Unit has awarded the Prestwich CTBC its Club Recognition Award.

Zoe Fernandez, from Bury Sports Development Unit, praised the club’s success.

She said: “It’s a big ‘well done’ for all their efforts and hard work. The work of Prestwich CTBC is a shining example to other clubs in the borough.”

Club chairman Brian Lorenzini said: “We are thrilled to receive the last two accreditations as it demonstrates our commitment to the community and, in particular, the youth of the community who are our future.

“It has taken many years of hard work by members of the club and we are proud to be the first club in the entire UK to hold accreditations in all its sections.”

The club’s ground is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, with new changing rooms and an extended clubhouse due to be completed by April.

* Clubmark is the only national cross sport accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections.

Successful clubs have to achieve a set of consistent and accepted operating standards.

Sport clubs need to provide a high quality and welcoming environment for young participants, to encourage young people to take up sport, improve their talent and give them the opportunity to maintain a lifelong participation in sport.