- Staffordshire club recognised by RFU
- Burntwood host county Volunteer Awards evening
Photo: RFU Archive
Burntwood have become only the fourth club in Staffordshire to be awarded the prestigious new Rugby Football Union Club Accreditation.
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.
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 club’s mini and youth section together with increased status and credibility with local authorities, educational establishments and potential sponsors.
Burntwood chairman Martyn Smith, president Bob Osbourne,chair of the Mini/Youth section Julia Grundy and treasurer Gerry McGann went through the accreditation process with Tom Bartram, the RFU Rugby Development Officer for Staffordshire.
The award was presented to Burntwood president Bob Osbourne by Staffordshire RFU president Bill Leason at the county’s Value the Volunteer Awards dinner which was hosted by Burntwood.
Also in attendance were Carole Thelwall-Jones, the RFU’s Volunteer Manager, and Steve Peters, Regional Rugby Manager for Midlands West.
Burntwood’s Valued Volunteer at the awards evening was Under 17s coach Steve Thompson. He created the squad from scratch at Under 13s level and during his time with them, several players gained county honours, three became members of the Leicester Tigers Elite Players Development Group and one, Ryan Mason, represented England at Under 16s level.