December 18th, 2008
South West Constituency Bodies, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, are celebrating becoming the first CBs in the country to achieve a 100% Mini and Youth Seal of Approval in their clubs.
The 100% Mini and Youth Seal of Approval means that all of Buckinghamshire's and Oxfordshire's affiliated clubs have passed the Rugby Football Union's method of examining, maintaining and improving the provision of rugby in the mini and youth section of their rugby clubs.
Building upon current good practice, the Seal of Approval accreditation scheme aims to recognise the effort and achievement of those clubs that reach, maintain and improve on the required standard of a club committed to the provision of quality rugby experiences for young players.
Andy Lees, the RFU's National Clubs Development Manager, said: "Congratulations must go to the clubs in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire for achieving this status. They have done a lot of hard work with their RDOs, County Sports Partnerships and CBs. The aim is to achieve 100% Mini and Youth Seal of Approval across all CBs by the 2011 IRB Rugby World Cup. We are 55% of the way towards this target so far.
"The reason we have this accredited status is because we want to ensure that players are safe and also coached appropriately so that they develop a love of the game and continue to participate.
"Through the Mini and Youth Seal of Approval, the RFU is able to promote mini and youth rugby as safe, effective and child friendly, as well as maintaining and expanding this for the future through a development plan.
"Mini and Youth Seal of Approval is also the launch pad for Whole Club Seal of Approval, due to be launched early in 2009, which will help ensure the long term growth of the game and the raising of standards of provision at clubs."