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Bradford Salem's Accreditation milestone

06 March 2013

  • Process reveals full extent of the workforce
  • RFU recognition recognises band of volunteers
Members of Bradford Salem Rugby Club

Photo: RFU Archive

Bradford Salem RFC is meeting the highest standards set by the Rugby Football Union – and that’s official!

The Shay Lane club has achieved RFU Accreditation Status, which recognises the club’s commitment to the playing programme, duty of care, safeguarding and protecting of children and young people and work in the community.

The club was presented with the award by RFU Rugby Development Officer for West Yorkshire Hamish Pratt, who said: “The Accreditation process involves clubs putting the way they operate under the microscope and assessing their organisation and methods.

“The process involves examining the structure of the club very carefully and where necessary, putting in place the changes that enable it to comply with the exacting standards set by the RFU. It is a task that can be quite revealing given that the many different sectors of the business are carefully examined and signed off.

“Salem is a very well-run club and the Accreditation Award is a yardstick of that efficiency and attention to the important elements that really matter in a high-quality sporting environment.”  

Salem’s Rugby Chairman, Neil Klenk, recognised the importance of the award when he said: “This is a significant milestone for the club and we will continue the hard work to ensure that we succeed in providing the right environment to bring junior players through to senior rugby and maintain the future of Bradford Salem.

“It is interesting to take stock of the entire enterprise and look carefully at how each of the many components functions. It flags up very clearly something we are all aware of but tend not to acknowledge – that we have an awful lot of volunteers working very hard for our club.

“I’m delighted to be able to accept this award on behalf of every one of them.”  

The Club Accreditation scheme is based on key drivers identified as crucial to a strong club – retaining & developing players, recruiting new players, recruiting & retaining high quality coaches, volunteers & referees, effective & efficient facilities, effective & efficient management and governance and integration with the local community.

Pictured above are Bradford Salem Rugby Chairman, Neil Klenk, receiving the award from RFU RDO Hamish Pratt. Front row (right) is Simon Markey, who accepted the Junior Accreditation Award, and Jimmy Child, the Club Volunteer Coordinator. In the background are players and coaches from the Junior Section.