Mini & Youth Seal of Approval Club of the Year award 2007/08
Paviors RFC (Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire)
Paviors RFC run sides from U7s to adult, including girls at U15 and U18. Their Youth Academy ensures that all older Youth players are introduced to adult rugby and on most weekends, the club fields four adult sides. The Mini, Youth and girls section have over three hundred members who participate on a weekly basis. Players with talent are given the opportunity to further their playing ambitions by being nominated for County and Player Development Centre sessions, including seven girls attending regional development sessions at U15 and U18.
The club currently provide for a number of young players who do not wish to play contact rugby but still want to be part of the club by supporting their attendance at coaching and refereeing courses and by finding them volunteer roles within the club. They also run girls Tag festivals throughout the season for local schools and youth groups and each week run a fitness session for the Mums of the girls section so that they feel part of, and are actively involved with, the club.
Recruitment relies heavily on word of mouth. This is effective because everyone involved within the club enjoys their involvement and feeling part of the 'family'. The website is invaluable as a recruitment tool, providing relevant, up to date contact information for all age groups and administrators. The club has written policies to ensure that the club is a safe environment for all. Each policy, along with the club"s ‘Code of Conduct’ is displayed within the club and on the website, and is annually reviewed to include any changes occurring in law or RFU regulations. Every new member to the club is issued with a welcome pack which includes all the Policies and Procedures of the club and every member signs to say they have read and understood them.
As a club, Paviors embraces all sections of the community; regardless of gender, race, age, nationality, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, ability or income, providing personal development opportunities for all players, coaches, officials, volunteers and parents. The club do not have a large local community to draw upon and players come from a wide geographical area. This means the club has to be accessible for as wide a range of people as possible. All incomes are catered for and joining fees are affordable for all, with free or subsidised membership provided where necessary. The club also provides a family membership scheme so that those families with more than one child can afford to play, and have introduced different payment methods where families can pay via Direct Debit or weekly to spread the costs.