Berkshire club Redingensians RFC will this month be awarded the Rugby Football Union's Seal of Approval having been recognised as a �safe, effective and child friendly environment'.
The RFU are one of 20 national sporting governing bodies who have introduced the �quality kite-mark' award in order to access and improve junior sports clubs.
Redingensians will receive their award on December 21 and the presentation will be made by RFU representatives Alan Black (community rugby manager), Simon Winman (funding and facilities manager) and Gavin Williams (Berkshire's rugby development officer) as well as Debbie Holmes of the Berkshire Sports Partnership. The presentation will proceed the Redingensians mini section Christmas party.
The Berkshire club have been at the forefront of community rugby in the Reading area and have worked closely with Wokingham District Council for the last five seasons. This commitment was recognised last month with an award for Services to Sport and the Community made by the Council. The sustained programme in the community has resulted in very healthy numbers at all age groups in the minis section.
"The Seal of Approval is an important part of the Active Sports programme and demonstrates not only the quality of a rugby club, but also the club's commitment to quality into the future," said Alan Jones, manager of the club's mini-section. "It's increasingly important to parents to know that a club is working to high standards. The Active Sports programme for rugby is already proving a great success, providing a pathway from the schools to a rugby club."
Williams' added: "The award forms an important part of the drive towards supporting clubs to improve their provision of rugby for young people. In association with Sport England and the 'Clubmark' scheme, the aim is to set the standards of quality control that will produce quality rugby clubs across the country."