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Club accreditation adds to Cheshunt’s diamond celebrations

07 September 2012

  • Accreditation award “opens the door” at Hertfordshire club
  • Great way to kick off Cheshunt’s 60th year
Hertfordshire RFU President Mark Elliott (second from left) and Herts RDO Phil Kearns (far right) present to Cheshunt RFC chairman Gary Barton

Photo: RFU Archive

Cheshunt Rugby Club have started the new season celebrating their 60th year, with the RFU’s Club Accreditation as a fine addition to the Hertfordshire team’s achievements.

The accreditation was awarded in recognition of Cheshunt’s successes as a club, and their involvement within schools and the local community and support for various charities.

Cheshunt have already won this year’s prestigious Active Broxbourne ‘Club of the Year’ award and look forward to an excellent season with more youth players than at any time in their history, 11 of whom are 11 county players – another record for the club.

Gary Barton, Cheshunt RFC Chairman, said: “The RFU Club Accreditation has opened the door to funding opportunities which will result in Cheshunt developing a new all-weather training area and some new goal posts.

“We are very happy to have the good work at the club recognised through this national award. It reflects the efforts of many dedicated volunteers and a long history of supplying quality rugby experiences to young and old in Cheshunt.”

Philip Kearns, the recently appointed Rugby Development Officer for Hertfordshire, said: “I was pleased that Cheshunt worked so hard with me to get this award.

“I would encourage all clubs to gain the accreditation. The new system is designed to recognise and monitor good practice in practical ways.”

Hertfordshire RFU President Mark Elliott commended Cheshunt on their achievements and said: “RFU Accreditation shows that a club is working to the Core Values of the game.

“This is so important as we encourage growth in the build-up to England hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2015. We encourage all Hertfordshire clubs to work to achieve this award.”

Being an accredited club 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.

Any Hertfordshire clubs wishing to work towards RFU Club Accreditation should contact Philip Kearns at for advice and support.

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