Randalstown RFC has joined a select group of rugby clubs across the country in achieving the Clubmark Accreditation.
Administrated by Ulster Rugby in partnership with Sport NI, Clubmark is a nationally recognised ‘kite-mark’ for sports clubs which recognises high standards in welfare, equality, coaching and club management.
Club Chairman Ian Boyd commented on the achievement:
“We’ve seen real benefits in working towards the accreditation, establishing a new Club Development Plan, developing our coaches and volunteers, doing more to raise our profile locally, and ensuring we continually implement the highest standards in governance and safeguarding. There are increasing numbers of children and young people accessing different programmes and activities at the club, and it is vital we serve them well. The award also gives parents the confidence that their child is accessing a high quality rugby club.
“We’re continually striving to better ourselves, and now have a really strong of team of people working towards making our vision a reality. Moving forward, Clubmark will continually focus our attention on keeping everything up to date via the annual health check, and we are now also working to refresh our IRFU Club Excellence Award.”
Matthew Holmes, Ulster Rugby Club Services Officer, added:
“Many congratulations to Randalstown RFC in achieving Clubmark status. The club has a dedicated base of coaches and volunteers who all work extremely hard to provide opportunities for children, young people, men and women to get involved in rugby. They have also mapped out their plans for growth and development over the next 3 years, and we look forward to supporting them where we can in achieving their goals.”
Within Clubmark, clubs are required to submit a portfolio of evidence in line with the scheme’s criteria, including evidence of suitably qualified coaches, safeguarding, quality facilities and development plans for the club.
For more information on how your club can apply for accreditation, please contact email@example.com.