Along with the acquisition of the new ground at Shutts Lane, this is another huge step forward in the development of the club.
The RFU recognises that Club rugby lies at the heart of rugby in England. It is where the game is played in huge numbers and it is the environment that the RFU is committed to supporting by ‘strengthening clubs and growing the game in the communities around them’. Part of this commitment is to introduce a new Club Accreditation scheme that will help all 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.
Pictured above - Tim Sargent, (Chairman Bakewell Mannerians Rugby Club) accepts RFU accreditation plaque from Sean Wright (RFU Regional Development Officer)
Tim Sargent Club Chairman, said:
“Accreditation has confirmed the Club’s commitment to the development of rugby as a major sport and its standing in the community as a respected club, where enjoyment comes first, and everyone is welcome to take part in whatever way they are able, whether playing rugby on a Saturday, joining with the minis on a Sunday morning, helping out as volunteers or simply watching the games.
The Club is dependent on a small but dedicated band of volunteers. As is often the case most of the volunteer team undertake more than one role and give a considerable amount of their time to providing an affordable and enjoyable rugby experience to the local community.”
Accreditation means that the Club also attains the Sport England Clubmark which recognises the increased status and credibility with local authorities, educational establishments and potential sponsors.
Updated 17:24 - 24 Jan 2019 by Bakewell Mannerians RUFC