- Somerset club receives award
- Walcot RFC meet all standards
Walcot RFC have been awarded the Rugby Football Union’s prestigious Accreditation award.
The Somerset club will be presented with their award by Somerset County President John Hole on Friday June 22 at their Albert Field Ground.
Walcot RFC have been working hard to achieve all the organisational standards to meet the rigorous RFU award, including addressing the fall-out of players at Under 18s level by employing a highly successful colts integration programme. They have also recently hosted the Entry Level Refereeing Award for clubs in the region and are currently running a successful RFU O2 Touch programme.
Walcot’s achievements are all the more remarkable given the club suffered a clubhouse fire in 2011 and the clubhouse was then out of action for five months.
“The RFU Accreditation award is a framework that a club uses to develop itself across six key areas, to allow it to exhibit all that is good about rugby, while demonstrating it is all achieved in a friendly, welcoming environment,” said Walcot RFC’s Dave Parsons.
“This season has demanded a lot of hard work from the committee and key volunteers as we looked to ensure that the club could meet the accreditation criteria by putting in place a whole club development plan.
“We wanted to improve on our already successful youth section, re-invigorate the senior section, create stronger links between the youth, senior and older-players as well as provide a much needed revamp of the changing rooms. We also organised a summer touch rugby tournament, which is currently underway, and has been well supported by both club members and Somerset RFU.”
The RFU 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.