- Mouritz Botha returns to Bedford to present award
- Junior Blues get RFU recognition
Photo: RFU Archive
Bedford Junior Blues have been presented with their RFU Club Accreditation by former player Mouritz Botha, the England and Saracens lock.
Botha made the presentation along with Sam Clapham, the RFU Rugby Development Officer for Bedfordshire, to Kevin Breeze, the Junior Blues chairman, and director of rugby Marcus Buckle during a recent friendly between Bedford Blues and Saracens at a packed Goldington Road.
"Youth rugby is where our senior adult players of the future start their playing careers,” Buckle said.
"At Bedford Junior Blues our aim is to provide players of all abilities the chance to learn the game and progress to the best of their individual ability.
“My personal goal is to help all youth players learn as much as they can in a safe and friendly environment and ultimately transition to adult rugby.
"In the match against Saracens we saw several players who came through the Junior Blues and Bedford Academy ranks play in the senior Bedford team. This RFU award recognises the hard work put in by our strong group of volunteers at the club where we have the largest junior section in the region."
The Rugby Football Union Club Accreditation scheme aims to help all rugby clubs in England become stronger, more effective, more efficient and more enjoyable places to play rugby.
Accreditation earns advantages like the Sport England Clubmark recognising the excellence of the mini and youth section together with increased status and credibility with local authorities, educational establishments and potential sponsors.