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Shipston achieve RFU Whole Club Seal of Approval

15 December 2010

  • Shipston-on Stour gets RFU Whole Club Seal of Approval
  • Prestigious award for high-quality rugby provision throughout club

Shipston RFC coach Mark Ashworth with his Under 7 side

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Shipston-on-Stour RFC have become the latest Midlands club to be awarded the prestigious RFU Whole Club Seal of Approval.

The Seal of Approval accreditation recognises the effort and achievement of volunteers in reaching the standard required in the development of rugby across the whole club, and to plan for the long term sustainability of the club and rugby union.

The Whole Club Seal of Approval accreditation was introduced in 2009 as a method of ensuring high quality provision of rugby in clubs. It builds on the established procedures of Mini and Youth Seal of Approval.

Clubs are assessed by the RFU and must demonstrate evidence of good practice in areas such as club management, player development and recruitment, child protection, sports equity, coaching, refereeing and volunteering.

Shipston have worked closely with Ben Waterhouse their Rugby Development Officer and Community Development Team whose primary roles are to support clubs & the local community in developing the provision of rugby union for players.

The club has developed strong links with local school and FE/HE establishments supporting the education sector to help more players, coaches, referees and volunteers enjoy the game to its full potential.

Shipston especially proud of minis section

Club logo on the clubhouse at Shipston RFC

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Shipston chairman Mark Ashworth said: "This is a well-earned award recognising the huge amount of effort put in by club members.

"I’m particularly proud of our Minis and Junior section which now underpins the success of our club.

 "I’d like to thank the RFU, Sport England and, of course, our club sponsors for the financial support we have had over the years, which has helped us to create the excellent facilities we now have at Mayo Road."

Andrew Scoular, RFU Community Rugby Director, said:  "This accreditation will show all those with an interest in rugby and sports development that Shipston RFC is providing its players and community with a safe, well-organised and enjoyable environment in which to learn and play rugby. Our clubs are the focal point of the RFU club development strategies for many years to come."