CLUB ACCREDITATION HAS NEVER BEEN MORE IMPORTANT OR USEFUL TO CLUBS.
From 2018-19 season Only accredited clubs will be eligible for RFU funding.
To obtain accreditation clubs need to work with their RDO to demonstrate that the club successfully manages its self by linking its people, environment and commercial activities in a balanced way. Over focus on one to the detriment of the other unbalances the club.
Via a process of self -review the club addresses 6 key drivers:
-Retaining & Developing Players
-Recruiting New Players
-Recruiting & Retaining High Quality Coaches, Volunteers & Referees
-Effective & Efficient Facilities
-Effective & Efficient Management and Governance
-Integration with the Local Community.
The values driven process starts by outlining a vision for the club together with an appraisal its strengths and weakness in relation to the key drivers.
It is essential to realise the process is more important than assessment- there is no pass/fail.
Success is judged by the continuation of self -review over a 5 year planning horizon with health checks on a yearly basis. Accreditation is granted for a two-year period with renewal biennially. It is thus a ‘living’ document informing club stakeholders of progress against vision.
Accreditation therefore is not a sterile paper exercise it is a practical process of engagement that results in vibrant clubs ensuring their continued success. The cynics might say its what ‘good’ clubs do anyway! But it’s always nice to see it traced out for others to see.
From 2018-19 there is a new twist- Only accredited clubs will be eligible to apply for RFU funding including small grants and loans. Accreditation is seen as a demonstration of good club management and governance so it would suggest that any club embarking on a large facility project would need to ensure this is in place to be considered suitable to manage, deliver and fund a large capital investment.
To find out more about accreditation please contact your RDO and or visit-