- Middlesex club receives RFU club accreditation
- London Two North East team thriving at all levels
Photo: RFU Archive
Enfield Ignatians RFC in north London received the perfect new year tonic after being recognised as a Rugby Football Union (RFU) accredited club by the sport's governing body.
Martin Baker, Ignatians club President said: "It's great news. RFU club accreditation is a fitting tribute to our commitment to the development of rugby as a major and community sport within the borough of Enfield.
"It's also a testament to all those who have made the club the successful and dynamic environment it has become today."
The community club, based at Donkey Lane, had to meet some very stringent criteria set out by the RFU in a number of areas at senior and junior levels before securing the prestigious award.
The prime aim of the RFU accreditation scheme is to help all rugby clubs in England become more effective and enjoyable places to play rugby.
Accreditation also brings with it the Sport England Clubmark, which recognises the excellence of the mini and youth sections, and is designed to enhance both status and credibility with local authorities, educational establishments and sponsors.
Ignatians currently run four senior teams and have also successfully tapped into their local community roots by running thriving minis and junior sections, which cater from U7s to colts level.
The first team play in London Two North East and are the current Middlesex Bowl holders. At junior level, the current U14s won a Herts-Middlesex league title last season at U13 level.
Ronnie Barry, the RFU’s Middlesex Rugby Development Officer (RDO), said: "Enfield Ignatians are a great example of a thriving club and it has been a pleasure working with them towards achieving accreditation."
For further information on Enfield Ignatians RFC, please contact Jonathan Landi on 0208 807 2390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.