- Scunthorpe become first Lincolnshire club to win top award
- Willie Wildash recognises club’s achievement
Willie Wildash, President of the Rugby Football Union, presented Scunthorpe with their RFU Whole Club Seal of Approval during a recent visit to the Lincolnshire club’s Heslam Park ground.
Scunthorpe became the first Lincolnshire club to attain Whole Club Seal of Approval status and the RFU president was invited as a VIP guest to the National Three Midlands match against Old Northamptonians to acknowledge their achievement.
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.
Scunthorpe’s secretary Malcolm Yates has worked closely with Gareth Thomas, the RFU Rugby Development Officer for Lincolnshire, to ensure the club satisfied the Whole Club Seal of Approval accreditation process.