THE IRFU Club Excellence Award

Clondalkin RFC are the first Junior Rugby Club in Ireland of obtain  this prestigious standard.

The programme aims to set criteria and operating standards to which clubs can perform and be measured against which will improve the standard of their operation and give focus to their development.In effect a Q mark for rugby clubs.

This IRFU accreditation programme has set operating criteria in the three main areas of

  •  Club Management,
  •  Club Development
  •  Health & Safety.

It does not relate to the winning of trophies but more to the overall operation of the club from which, it believes, achievements and performance on the field of play will follow.

The Recognition of the clubs achievement  by way of Accreditation in these key areas will allows the club  to highlight and promote our  operating standards and permit us  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.

As we where  successful in achieving the necessary standard the IRFU Club Excellence Award ,and have been the awarded the standard  for a three year term with various criteria the subject of annual review. Failure to maintain some critical criteria could result in withdrawal of the IRFU Club Excellence Award.

For entry to the IRFU Club Excellence Award  a club must first fulfil some basic mandatory requirements such as Affiliation to the IRFU, Non-discriminatory Constitution, appropriate Insurance cover, Registration of its Players and appointment of a Child Welfare Officer.

A portfolio was submitted to IRFU via leinster branch  on four areas with each area further subdivided into a number of defined sections.

1.      Entry Level Criteria for Affiliated Clubs
2.      Club Management

  • Constitution
  • Management Structure
  • Job Descriptions and Roles
  • Web Site

 3.      Development Programmes

  • Playing and Participation
  • Coaching
  • Refereeing
  • Club Facilities
  • Community Development Programmes
  • Volunteers

 4.      Health and Safety

  • Club Safety which involves preparation of a Club Safety Statement and appointment of a Health & Safety Officer 
  • Incidents and Accidents and recording and addressing.
  • Child Safeguarding / Child Welfare – To view our policy, click here





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