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Ripon RFC have been awarded the prestigious RFU Club Accreditation status, an accolade shared by all the volunteers at Mallorie Park who have been responsible for the club achieving the demanding quality benchmarks put in place by the sport’s governing body.
The club is now recognised for its successes in creating a more enjoyable and safer place to play rugby, following on as it does from the Junior & Mini Seal of Approval award, which involved the first detailed examinations of the complete infrastructure of a club.
“The accreditation procedure puts the spotlight equally on both the youth activities and the adult game and since we now operate as an all-embracing enterprise, with one committee and an over-arching approach to what we do, putting the time in to get the accreditation was an obvious step forward,” said Club President Andy Proud.
“Andy Binks, who has done lots of work with the Age Group section, and Graham Christy, who is Vice Chair of Adult Rugby at the club, have shared the task with Adam Briggs Vice Chair Age Grade Rugby, who has also been closely involved with the Age Group side of the club, so we’ve had all the bases covered by people who are familiar with every section.
“The process wasn’t especially taxing for us in that having gone through the detailed examination of our structures and systems to earn the Junior Seal of Approval, we were a good way down the road to fulfilling all the criteria.
“That said, when you have to put your entire operation under the microscope, there are elements than can be improved and certain aspects, like girls rugby for example, that need to be built into future planning.
“Equally, 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 North Yorkshire, Alec Porter, who has helped the club during the accreditation process, said: “Even for a well-respected club like Ripon, attaining the RFU accreditation standards is a notable achievement and reflects great credit on all the volunteers at the club.
“When parents take their youngsters to Ripon they know that they are in safe hands and being well looked after within a properly organised and monitored structure.”
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.
Yorkshire RFU President Mr Paul Govier presented the citation to the club.