December 12, 2006 -
Scarborough RFC's efforts to strengthen links with the local community by appointing a full-time Youth Development Officer were recognised at the highest level recently when the Minister for Sport, the Rt. Hon. Richard Caborn MP, presented them with an award to mark the achievement of finishing as Runner's Up in the Community Scheme section of the Sportsmatch Awards for 2006.
The presentation was made at a ceremony held at the Lords Cricket Ground.
The Scarborough programme, sponsored by G. A. Pindar and Son has involved the YDO appointment and has targeted around 4,000 young people from primary schools through to sixth form college status.
Tag rugby festivals, coaching clinics and leadership programmes have combined to effect new opportunities, especially for girls. Additionally, around 50 new coaches and referees are being qualified.
Michael Holder, Director of Rugby, Scarborough RUFC, said: "We are extremely pleased to have won this award from Sportsmatch. Without the support of our sponsor we would not have been able to run this programme allowing so many children to get involved in rugby union, increasing participation and coaching activity and promoting the game amongst women and girls."
George Pye, Marketing Communications Manager, G.A. Pindar and Son said: "We are proud to sponsor this scheme and are thrilled to receive this award. It is great recognition of what is a fantastic initiative."
"The work Scarborough have done in developing the role of the Youth Development Officer has proved hugely successful for all parties involved." says Alex Bowden, the RFU Rugby Development Officer for East Yorkshire. "It has seen an increase in participation from U7's up to seniors; it has given the community more opportunities to take part in physical activity; and it has supported the whole of the East Yorkshire area in developing Rugby Union.
"The project has been a key element in the Development plan for the area and is helping us to achieve the RFU strategic outcomes linked to partnerships, participation and school/club links.
"Scarborough is a major contributor to the development of sport and recreation. The club contribution is extensive, with Junior Tupai, the Youth Development Officer, playing a huge role in the development of Rugby Union in East Yorkshire, Scarborough and opening up more opportunities for the local community. This has included working in schools and with East Yorkshire District level players. Along with other key volunteers, the club is now about to be signed off as having RFU Seal of Approval and Sport England Clubmark status. This is a huge achievement and highlights the clubs desire to offer a quality, safe and enjoyable environment for the community."
Mike Reynolds, Director of Sportsmatch said: "This is a great example of a grassroots scheme that has encouraged many children and adults to get involved in rugby union. With the success of the 2012 London Olympic Bid and the current enthusiasm for sport it can only have a major impact on grassroots sport, with the young children of today being the potential stars of the future, so it's vital we give them the support they need."
Sportsmatch has supported 46 scheme in Yorkshire and Humberside in the last 12 months involving an investment of over �600,000. Since its inception in 1992, over �90 million has been invested in grassroots sports, with �40million coming from Sportsmatch and more than �50million from sponsors.
Over the last year a further 500 sponsors have been added to the 5,000 already signed up by Sportsmatch, supporting 78 different sports and encouraging over five million participants into grassroots sport.