- Cheshire club reaches another landmark
- RFU Club Accreditation rewards steady progress
Photo: RFU Archive
When The Gentlemen of Moore RUFC was founded in November 1968, after a group of rugby enthusiasts gathered in the Red Lion pub in the Cheshire village of Moore, they could only have aspired to reaching the milestone that the club has recently achieved.
The route to their current circumstances has involved a long journey from their first game against Warrington Vikings, the acquisition of the lease of a field in Moss Lane and the conversion of an old motorway site hut into changing rooms and bar.
The purchase of the current site and in 1981, the lease for the field next to the first team pitch, were important milestones before funding was acquired to build a new clubhouse and changing facilities.
Success in the league format, which brought promotion in three successive years in the 1990s, has elevated the playing side of the operation to South Lancashire & Cheshire Division Two, but recently another important yardstick of the calibre of the club was reached with the award of RFU Club Accreditation.
The club’s Mini & Junior section was launched two years ago and currently has over 60 children involved, although development activity involving local schools has set the bar at 100 by next season.
Part of the strategy for reaching that target is a Family Fun Day at Easter, but for now, the celebrations centre on obtaining the prestigious award.
The RFU Development Department is committed to supporting local community rugby by strengthening clubs and growing the game in the communities around them and this award underlines the club’s place among the best-run organisations in the sport.
The new Club Accreditation scheme, which was introduced to help all clubs to become stronger, more effective, efficient and enjoyable places in which to play rugby, provides a challenging benchmark.
The scheme ensures that clubs manage themselves properly and adhere to the six key drivers identified as being crucial to a strong club – retention and development of players, recruitment of new players, recruitment and retention of coaches, volunteers and referees, effective and efficient facilities, management and governance and integration with the local community.
The original Gentlemen of Moore would surely have been delighted with the work of their successors.