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North Dorset RFC awarded RFU Seal of Approval

11 December 2006

December 11th, 2006 -

North Dorset RFC is set to become just the second club in Dorset to receive the Rugby Football Union's Seal of Approval.

Dorset & Wiltshire President Arthur Bowden will present the Gillingham-based club with their official award on Saturday December 16th, which will be followed by a league match between North Dorset RFC and Dorchester RFC, kick-off 2.30pm. Only Wimborne RFC have previously been granted the Seal of Approval status in Dorset.

The RFU, in conjunction with Sport England, introduced the scheme in 2002 in an attempt to increase and sustain the number of youngsters participating in rugby at grass roots level. Clubs are assessed by the RFU and must demonstrate evidence of good practice in areas such as administration, development, duty of care, sports equity and playing programme.

North Dorset chairman Stephen Keates said: "This is a marvellous achievement for the club and the award will have a positive impact on both the club and the local community. The Seal of Approval is a major step forward for the club.

"We have produced a three and a five year plan for the club in order to maintain the momentum we have achieved in qualifying for the Seal of Approval award. It means that any prospective new members are guaranteed joining a club which has a supply of fully qualified coaches, an acknowledged childcare policy and a plan for development, all of which have the approval of the RFU.

"This award is also for all the volunteers at the club. It recognises their tremendous work they and the committee have put into the club. It is their dedication that has got us here."

North Dorset RFC, which was first established in 1951, has 853 members and runs 19 teams, from men's seniors, Vets, Youth, Under 16s & Under 14s girls, minis and colts.