Larne RFC and Lurgan RF&CC have become the latest rugby clubs to be awarded the prestigious Clubmark Accreditation.
Delivered by Ulster Rugby in partnership with Sport NI, Clubmark is Northern Ireland’s quality standard for community sports clubs, and demonstrates that a club provides a safe environment which ensures the welfare of members, encourages everyone to enjoy the sport and promotes lifelong involvement. Both clubs have worked closely with Club Services staff over the last year to complete the accreditation.
John Wilson of Larne RFC commented:
“Working towards the Clubmark Accreditation has ensured our documentation is accurate, relevant and to date, and that proper procedures are in place. Moreover, a new five-year Development Plan is in operation which informs our thinking going forward and ensures our various committees are focused on priorities. Overall we are confident of a greater level of commitment from volunteers who can now identify with the way forward.”
Albert Dunlop, Secretary of Lurgan RF&CC also said:
“The Clubmark Accreditation has helped us to improve our governance, systems and performance both on and off the field. Last season we commenced a comprehensive development planning process and have set out our aspirations across various areas. Amongst other things, we have reviewed and improved the standards of coaching we provide, increased volunteer involvement and sought to be more efficient in the functioning of our Executive and sub-committees. As a consequence of our activity there has been added emotional value brought to club, with increased positivity and a ‘feel-good factor’ across our membership. With plans in place for the next 3 years and several immediate successes, there is real optimism for the future of the club.”
For more information on how your local club can apply for Clubmark NI accreditation, please contact Matthew Holmes, Ulster Rugby Club Services Officer, on email@example.com.