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Ivel Barbarians RFC become RFU accredited club

23 August 2012

  • Ivel Barbarians RFC receives RFU club accreditation award
  • Somerset club meet all the standards

Ivel Barbarians RFC have been awarded the Rugby Football Union’s prestigious Club Accreditation award.

The Somerset club will be presented with their award on Wednesday, August 29 at their Doncaster Road ground in Yeovil.

The presentation will also coincide with the club hosting cyclists from the Great British Bike Ride – a charity bike ride from Land’s End to Twickenham Stadium – and former England international Phil Vickery will be a guest star at the club on the day.

Ivel Barbarians RFC have been working hard to achieve all the organisational standards to meet the rigorous RFU award.

RFU Somerset Rugby Development Officer Julie Price said: “Ivel Barbarians RFC not only provide a fantastic experience to men’s, ladies and junior teams made up of players from the local community, they also open their doors to local businesses, residents and clubs to use their fantastic facilities.

"The club is one of the best in Somerset for community links and host Tag and XV-aside contact rugby competitions for numerous local schools. They are also one of the only clubs in the county with a Ladies section and this year the team will enter the league for the first time. They thoroughly deserve this award."

Harold Williams, Ivel Barbarians Chairman, added: “We are delighted that we are going to receive this award and it is down to the hard work of our club members, who work extremely hard to make this club a success and an enjoyable experience for all our players, from minis to the men’s and women’s teams.”

The RFU Club 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.

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.