In 2005 Crowborough RFC was awarded the RFU Community Rugby Seal of Approval and was one of only a few clubs at the time to do so in Sussex. In 2008 this highly valued accreditation was reviewed and renewed.
In 2012 we became an RFU Accredited Club
The accreditation scheme replaced the Seal of Approval. To be accredited you need to be well managed with a proper structured plan for the future and be able to prove that you are running the game in the right spirit.
Key elements are having a robust and vibrant mini & junior section where the children are well provided for with qualified coaches and properly implemented safeguarding processes.
You must show you have a plan to retain and recruit new players from 6 to 60, to provide them with appropriate competition in a safe environment and providing the best possible facilities.
Girls rugby is a key area on the playing side.
Off the field appropriate strong financial management is a pre-requisite as is robust facilities management.
You must comply with all the RFU policies and procedures but not because of command and control but by doing so the club will be in the perfect place to grow well into the future.
We were delighted to receive the award from Mal Chumbley in front of our wonderful volunteers, who without which we would never haver achieved this important accolade.
Clubmark is the only national cross sports quality accreditation scheme for clubs with junior sections. It is built around a set of core criteria which ensure that accredited clubs operate to a set of consistent, accepted and adopted minimum operating standards.
Sport England recognises and values the commitment made by sports clubs to develop high quality, welcoming environments for young participants. The development of clubs that encourage young people to take-up sport, improve their talents and give them the option to initiate and maintain life-long participation in sport is an essential part of Sport England�s work to support the sporting infrastructure in England.