- Thirsk setting the standard for non-league quality
- Club earns warm praise from Yorkshire RU President
Thirsk RFC have become the first RU club in North Yorkshire and one of the first in England from Level 11 of the RFU clubs pyramid, to be awarded the prestigious RFU Club Accreditation status, an accolade which is shared by all the volunteers at Newsham Road who have been responsible for the club achieving the four benchmarks of quality put in place by the sport’s governing body.
The club, which will join the formal league framework next season in Yorkshire Division Five, is now recognised for its successes in creating a more enjoyable and safer place to play the sport, following on as it does from the Junior & Minis, Women & Girls and Whole Club Seal of Approval awards, which involved the first detailed examinations of the complete infrastructure of a club.
Yorkshire RFU President Mr Steve Watson presented the club with an accreditation certificate and plaque this week, saying: “For a club from Level 11 which has only been in business since 1995 to reach the RFU accreditation standards is a tremendous achievement and reflects great credit on all the volunteers at the club.
“When parents take their youngsters to Thirsk they know that they are in safe hands and being well looked after. It’s also nice to hear that the club has focused on the development of girls and women’s rugby and that they are making big strides forward in that department.”
Honorary Secretary Andrew Acheson said: “Accreditation has confirmed our commitment to the development of rugby union and to our standing in the community as a respected club where everyone is welcome.
“Our special thanks in terms of getting accreditation go to Simon Rochester, who has led the project, which involves a fairly forensic process in which every element of running the club is inspected and approved. That procedure reveals exactly how many people put so much time and effort into running the club and this award is recognition of the dedicated band of volunteers who do that work.”
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 vibrant mini and youth section, together with the increased status and credibility the award generates with local authorities, educational establishments and potential sponsors.
“With the Rugby World Cup in 2015, this is a great time for our sport and getting accreditation is a big thing for our club. To have that plaque on the wall confirms that we are up there with the best and it is something we are very proud of,” said Jon Barr, Club Chairman.