The Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival rolled into the Aviva Stadium last Saturday with twenty teams of Under-10s, hundreds of kids, coaches and parents and two very special guests - Luke Fitzgerald and the RBS 6 Nations trophy.
It is relatively straight forward for a club to become involved with the IRFU Club Excellence Award. We would suggest that a club initially familiarises themselves with the scheme in particular the requirements for accreditation - see the Assessment Documents below.
The club are then encouraged to complete the Club Audit Form which will give the idea of what areas it will need to address to complete the scheme.
Once the club is happy with what is required then it should make contact with its Provincial Community Rugby Manager (see below) who in turn will assign a Community Rugby Officer to support the club through the assessment process.
Clubs will be assessed in a two stage process. First of all the club submits a portfolio of evidence which shows how they meet a number of the scheme's criteria. Once the portfolio has been submitted and assessed a club visit will be organised where the remaining criteria will be assessed on site. Once a satisfactory club visit has been completed then the club will be confirmed as having the IRFU Club Excellence Award.
Please note that completed applications will be accepted at two different periods during the season. This will usually be in April and November each year to facilitate other programmes of work carried out by development staff.
IRFU CLUB EXCELLENCE AWARD: PILOT SCHEME AWARD RECIPIENTS
Community Rugby Manager: Declan Fassbender
Telephone:- +353 1 2693224
Community Rugby Manager: Damon Urlich
Telephone:- +353 21 4323563
Community Rugby Manager Barry Willis
Telephone:- +44 (0) 28 9049 3111
These documents have been produced in conjunction with Sport NI and can be used by clubs based in Northern Ireland in addition to the IRFU Club Documents.