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Dorchester RFC presented with RFU President’s XV award

23 April 2012

  • Dorchester RFC win High Quality Coaching award
  • RFU President presents Dorset club with their prize
Dorchester RFC presented with RFU P esident's XV award for High Quality Coaching

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Dorchester RFC has won an RFU President’s XV Award, supported by QBE, the business insurance specialist.

The Dorset based club was presented with the High Quality Coaching award in celebration of its innovative coaching development programme.

The club’s proactive and structured coaching development programme ensures coaches are brought through from Under 17 with tag coaching, level one at 18, and level two at a senior level.  Each age group coaching team has a structure of a senior coach and mentor. There are also coach development days twice a year.

Now in its sixth year, the RFU President’s XV Awards seek to identify and reward initiatives that promote the development of rugby at a grassroots level. This year the RFU received 274 entries for the competition’s 15 categories.

Dorchester RFC was presented with a cheque for £500 and a special trophy Willie Wildash, RFU President.

Dorchester RFC presented with RFU President's XV award by RFU President Willie Wildash

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The RFU President’s XV judging panel comprised RFU President Willie Wildash, immediate Past President John Owen, Rugby Football Union for Women President Gill Burns, England’s most-capped player Jason Leonard and Sally Rockenbach from QBE.

Andrew Smith, Junior Chair of the Dorchester Junior Team: "We’re incredibly proud of the coaching that we offer here at Dorchester RFC so it’s a great honour to be recognised in the Quality Coaches category. We will certainly be putting the prize money towards our on-going coaching initiatives and we look forward to encouraging even more community members to get involved in rugby."

Willie Wildash, RFU President, said: "The quality of entries was very high this year and this made life difficult for the panel of judges. All the winners and runners up are doing a great job at the grassroots end of our game, across many important development areas. These clubs are the heart and soul of rugby and it’s wonderful to be able to acknowledge and appreciate the hard work put in by all the volunteers involved."