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Sheppey celebrate prestigious club accreditation

03 September 2012

  • Kent club earned Seal of Approval in 2004 and now has new accreditation
  • Recently introduced scheme open to all clubs in England
Sittingbourne & Sheppey MP Gordon Henderson congratulates Karen Gray and Director of Youth Rugby, Kerry Jones, on the presentation of RFU Club Accreditation, watched by (from centre to right at rear) George Robson from Harlequins, Aston Croall from Sale Sharks, Sheppey President Gerry Lawson and Sheppey Chairman Neil Golding together with junior, senior members and coaches. This presentation was at the Club’s Croally-Croall Trust Family Day at the Club this summer to celebrate the life of Aston’s brother and Sheppey favourite, Steve who died last summer.

Photo: RFU Archive

Sheppey Rugby Football Club has gained a prestigious award by achieving RFU Club Accreditation status.

Having been the first club in Kent to have achieved the RFU Seal of Approval in 2004, it was natural that Sheppey would want to progress to whole club accreditation.

Neil Golding, the Sheppey chairman, said: “RFU Club Accreditation has confirmed our commitment to the development of rugby as a major sport and its standing in the community as a respected club where enjoyment is valued and everyone is welcome to take part.

“The club is dependent on a small but totally dedicated team of volunteers. Many take on more than one role and devote considerable amount of time to provide a well organised and structured experience.”

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.

Golding added: “We pride ourselves on being a community club with ambitious plans for the future, and this accreditation gives us the confidence and recognition we deserve.

“I am deeply grateful to all our sponsors who support us and particularly to Kerry Jones and Karen Gray who led us to this status

“Above all I am pleased for all our members who can rightly boast that they are part of Sheppey RFC.”

As part of the recognition, the Club have been awarded the RFU Accreditation plaque and certificates.