- Detailed audit confirms high standards
- Volunteers recognised by new status
Photo: RFU Archive
Keighley RFC have been awarded the prestigious RFU Club Accreditation status, an accolade which is shared by all the volunteers at Utley who have been responsible for the club achieving the quality benchmarks put in place by the sport’s governing body.
To achieve the Accreditation Award clubs must undertake a comprehensive audit of their structures and procedures to ensure that they comply with the blueprint laid down by the Rugby Football Union.
“The accreditation procedure puts the spotlight equally on both the youth activities and the adult game and ensures that all the necessary disciplines are in place to make the club a safe and well-organised establishment where people of all ages can enjoy the sporting and social activities that rugby has to offer,” said Club Chairman, Sam Griffin.
“The process did not involve us in a lot of work in terms of making changes to the way we operate because we have always tried to make sure that we followed the models of good practice set out by the RFU.
“That said, when you have to put your entire operation under the microscope, there are inevitably elements than can be improved and certain aspects that need to be built into future planning.
“But it is reassuring to know that as a club we have been ticking virtually all the boxes for a while and that we have been operating to a high standard and serving our community well.”
Rugby Development Officer for West Yorkshire, Hamish Pratt, who has helped the club during the accreditation process, said: “Attaining the RFU accreditation standards is a notable achievement for any club which undertakes the process and reflects great credit on all the volunteers at the club.
“When parents take their children to Utley they know that they are in safe hands and being well looked after within a properly organised and monitored structure. As a regular visitor to Keighley, I have always been impressed with the way they operate and the standards they embrace. The Accreditation Award simply confirms that those perceptions are underpinned by the facts.”
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 increased status and credibility which the award generates with local authorities, educational establishments and potential sponsors.
West Yorkshire Rugby Development Officer Hamish Pratt presented the citation to the club.