4 Dec, 10:19
Grand Slam winners Fiona Coghlan and Nora Stapelton have returned the Women's RBS 6 Nations trophy to Chief Executive John Feehan at the Six Nations offices in Dublin.
The Club Excellence Award Programme is an element of the IRFU's Strategic Plan for 2008-2012, which has as its theme, 'Building on Solid Foundations'.
The programme aims to set criteria and operating standards to which clubs can perform and which will improve the standard of their operation and give focus to their development.
This IRFU accreditation programme has set operating criteria in the three main areas of Club Management, Club Development and Health & Safety.
It does not relate to the winning of trophies but more to the overall operation of the club from which achievements and performance on the field of play will follow.
Recognition of clubs' achievements by way of accreditation in these key areas will allow clubs to highlight and promote their operating standards to recruit new members, particularly youth members, with the assurance that they are joining a well run club which is performing to 'best practice' established criteria.
The pilot phase of the Club Excellence Award Scheme has recently concluded, with 10 clubs taking part in the initial scheme.
Of these ten, eight clubs have proved successful in achieving the award, due to diligent hard work on the part of its volunteers and members.
IRFU CLUB EXCELLENCE AWARD: PILOT SCHEME AWARD RECIPIENTS