- Derbyshire club recognised by RFU
- Community game efforts rewarded
Photo: RFU Archive
Long Eaton have become the latest Derbyshire club to attain RFU Club Accreditation status.
Long Eaton chairman Chris Brookes received the award from Matt Jefferson, the RFU Rugby Development Officer for Derbyshire, and Gary Rudkin, the RFU Community Rugby Coach, both of whom have worked hard in helping the club to achieve their aspirations for the community game.
“Long Eaton have worked incredibly hard over the past year to really push developments forward, they have seen huge growth, built really strong relationships with five local schools and developed their relationship with the Local Authority,” said Jefferson.
“They have engaged well with Gary Rudkin, who has done a great job with the club on player recruitment, retention and coach development. They have some fantastic plans for the future and, as ever, their challenge will be to continue to recruit new volunteers and to spread the ever expanding workload at the club. I am looking forward to continuing to work closely with the club moving forward.”
Des Chapman MBE, the President of Long Eaton, said: “Three years ago the club nearly folded as we were struggling to put even one team out. Three years later we have three adult teams, and over 150 juniors playing from Under 11 to Colts”.
The RFU invests significant effort in developing community rugby clubs across the country. It provides assistance to clubs in working towards a minimum standard to ensure that clubs are safe, friendly and effective places to play the game of rugby.
The scheme helps club sections to become stronger, more effective, more efficient and more enjoyable places in which to play rugby. Unlike other accreditation schemes, this one provides a framework for a club to show what it is doing, how it does it, and where it can improve.