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Durham City get rugby’s seal of approval

02 January 2014

  • Durham City RFC gain coveted RFU Accreditation
  • Local MP presents the award and adds her congratulations
Members of Durham City RFC receive the RFU Club Accreditation award

Photo: RFU Archive

On a Sunday morning in mid-December, members, young and old, of Durham City Rugby Football Club gathered at the club for the presentation of the Rugby Football Union’s Accredited Club Award.

As a community club running senior sides and thriving mini and junior Sections, with all newcomers welcome, the Award is the culmination of several years’ work by volunteers to achieve the exacting standards required by the RFU in relation to all areas of club organisation, but particularly the coaching of the game to young people.

The Club President, Richard Wilkinson, said: “On behalf of Durham City RFC, we are delighted to be awarded RFU Accredited Club status and receive the Award from our two distinguished guests Mr John Scott, President of Durham County Rugby Union and Mrs Roberta Blackman-Woods, Member of Parliament for Durham City.

“Sunday mornings are a real example of the accreditation in action, not least integration with the local community and young people displaying rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship.

“It is also particularly pleasing to have the Hay family present, demonstrating three generations of the Durham City RFC family enjoying the game.”

Roberta Blackman-Woods MP added: “It was an absolute pleasure to present this award to Durham City Rugby Club. I could see at first hand the huge amount of effort and hard work by the excellent volunteers who support the club that has gone into securing this important accreditation. 

“Many, many young people play rugby at the club and make use of the excellent facilities here and it is great to meet a number of them, including the under 5s and their families today!

“The rugby club has a fantastic community spirit and it was wonderful to be part of this ceremony.”