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Drifters RFC awarded RFU Accredited Club status

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Drifters Rugby Football Club were proud to receive the RFU Accredited Club award as a measure of their continued progress to enjoy and deliver a great rugby experience to adults and children alike. The award was presented by Chris McCombie, Chairman of Buckinghamshire RFU, to Roger Ellis, Honourary Secretary of Drifters RFC, on Saturday 16th February.

Drifters have held the RFU Minis & Juniors Award for several years, with many of the players now playing 1st, 2nd and 3rd team senior rugby at the Farnham Common club after starting their playing careers in the mini and junior sections. All sections were represented at the presentation. The club continues to progress on and off the pitch as they work the key drivers of the scheme to help achieve a coordinated plan. The 3rd team is now firmly established, their Driftlets section is now underway and some of their senior players are now coaching at Driftlets and mini levels.

The RFU Accredited Club status recognises the effort and achievement of volunteers in reaching the standard required in the development of rugby across the whole club, and to plan for the long term sustainability of the club and the sport of rugby union. Clubs are assessed by the RFU and must demonstrate good practice in all six key drivers below:

  • Retaining and developing players
  • Recruiting new players
  • Recruiting and retaining high quality coaches, volunteers and referees
  • Effective and efficient facilities
  • Effective and efficient management and governance, including equity and child protection policies
  • Integration with the local community

Each of these Key Drivers, together with the core values of the game, is represented within the Club Accreditation scheme. Together, they represent the component parts of a strong, sustainable club.

RFU Rugby Development Officer Tim Holmes said: "Drifters RFC not only provides a fantastic experience to senior and junior teams made up of players from the local community, they also have superb facilities which they have developed over the past few years and are constantly looking to grow the club in all areas."

Drifters Director of Rugby Stan Bannister added: "We are delighted to be one of around only 100 clubs in the country to be given full accreditation and it's particularly fitting that we have received the award in our 50th anniversary season. It recognises the work that has been put in over 20 years by guys like Bob Hudson, John Maclean and Adam Ford to take Drifters from a small village club to a potent force in an area already saturated with good rugby clubs. With the work we are now doing with Bucks Community Rugby coach Alan Lane to bring Drifters and rugby into more schools across the region we are sure that the future will be as bright as the recent past."