Sandown and Shanklin RFC receive RFU Club Accreditation, 12 January 2019


Saturday 12th January, the SSRFC Committee was presented with the RFU Club Accreditation award, by representatives from Hampshire RFU.

Sandown & Shanklin RFC have secured a prestigious award by being given the Rugby Football Union’s Club Accreditation. The award was presented by Julie Greenslade, executive Director of Hampshire RFU, and Richard Hornblow Hampshire RFU President, at the Clubhouse, on Saturday, 12th January 2018 prior to the top of the table clash between the Hurricanes and Basingstoke RFC.

Bill MacPherson, SSRFC 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.

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.”

The Rugby Football Union Club Accreditation scheme aims to help all rugby clubs in England become stronger, more effective, more efficient and more enjoyable places to play rugby.

Accreditation earns advantages including the Sport England Clubmark recognising the increased status and credibility with local authorities, educational establishments and potential sponsors.

Added, Graham Thomas, SSRFC President: “With a home Rugby World Cup in 2019 we expect to attract even more members. This is a great time for our sport, and we can guarantee that anyone getting involved at Sandown & Shanklin RFC will have a marvellous time and make lots of new friends. Whether playing rugby, helping out as volunteers or simply watching the games everyone is welcome and they can see from the plaque on the wall that we are right up there with the best.”

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Sandown & Shanklin RFC

Hampshire RFU

Rugby Football Union’s Club Accreditation