Clitheroe RUFC earn prestigious award

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CLITHEROE Rugby Union Football Club has recently gained a prestigious award by achieving RFU Club Accreditation status.

Having achieved the Mini and Youth RFU Seal of Approval in 2010, it was natural that Clitheroe RUFC would want to progress to whole club accreditation.

Andrew Thornber, the Clitheroe Chairman, said: “RFU Club Accreditation has confirmed our commitment to the development of rugby as a major sport and its standing in the community as a respected club, where enjoyment is valued and everyone is welcome to take part.

“The club is dependent on a small but totally dedicated team of volunteers.”

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 like the Sport England Clubmark recognising the excellence of the Mini and Youth section, together with increased status and credibility with local authorities, educational establishments and potential sponsors.

Thornber added: “We pride ourselves on being a community club with ambitious plans for the future, and this accreditation gives us the confidence and recognition we deserve.

“I am deeply grateful to all our sponsors who support us and above all, I am pleased for all our members who can rightly boast that they are part of Clitheroe RUFC.”

As part of the recognition, the club have been awarded the RFU Accreditation plaque and certificates and these will shortly be given pride of place on the presentation wall of the clubhouse off Littlemoor Road.