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Mansfield set Investors in People standards

26 September 2012

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Mansfield continue to set high standards in volunteer service having passed their Investors in People review with flying colours.

Mansfield, who were the first amateur sports club in the country to become an Investors in People organisation back in 2000, have continued to set such high standards that they are now being used as a case study for IiP marketing. Mansfield are now working with working with an Investors in People Specialist from emb-x, the organisation that delivers the Investors in People service for Central England.

"Being an Investors in People organisation has reinforced our commitment to strong leadership, communication and good business practice,” said Mansfield chairman Andy Foster.

"If someone feels that what they are doing is worthwhile, they are much more willing to contribute and to contribute with a happy demeanour. Our volunteers are very passionate about what they do and it is our job to fuel that passion."

Mansfield have 56 volunteers filling 93 positions in the club’s organisation. “So you can see that some of us have more than one job," says Andy. 

Mansfield’s recent successes include successfully staging the annual club barbecue which was attended by more than 2,000 people despite miserable weather.

"The annual event is a massive night for the club and it's all hands to the pump. More than 100 volunteers helped us on the night and in clearing up afterwards," Foster said.

"The amount raised from the barbecue will take a while to be finalised and although the wet weather means it will be less than last year, it all helps. We really do have a great team here - players and non-players.”

Investors in People, which was launched in 1991, is the UK's leading people management standard. It specialises in transforming business performance through people.

“We felt Investors in People as an industry standard of excellence would be the perfect vehicle for us to show our sponsors, supporters and members that we are serious about rugby in Mansfield. This highlights our belief that the club deserves to be managed in a manner that should always seek to provide the best possible facilities, training and coaching that we can," Foster said.

"It has given us the credibility that we felt we needed - especially when applying for funding.

"One of the first things that Sport England, the RFU or any funding body looks at is how, as a club, you provide a safe and enjoyable environment in which to train and play rugby at all levels.  Investors in People reinforces our commitment to delivering that."