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Jason Robinson, England’s World Cup winning wing, was part of the RFU reception committee at Twickenham, when Roger Hawkins and Mark Ashworth of Shipston RFC attended a celebration event at Twickenham on Tuesday 28th June. This was in recognition of the club’s achievement in attaining the RFU “Whole Club Seal of Approval”.
The former Sale Sharks player has always been an enthusiastic and exceptional contributor to projects involving the development of young players and his empathy with them makes him an ideal choice to welcome and meet a group of people who are at Twickenham because of their own successes in that key area of rugby activity.
The Whole Club Seal of Approval accreditation, which assesses every aspect of a club’s infrastructure, was introduced in 2009. The Seal of Approval initiative, which ensures that players coming into the game benefit from the very best support systems that clubs can provide, acts as both a quality kite mark and a barometer of the high standards of care members people can expect from a club.
Every club which achieves Seal of Approval status at either Whole Club or Mini & Youth level deserves great credit for reaching the very high standards demanded by the process, putting in place procedures and programmes that deliver the highest levels of safety and support to anyone joining a rugby union club.
"Shipston Rugby Club is one of the latest in a growing list of organisations who have engaged with the Seal of Approval process and brought the organisation of their clubs into line with the high standards demanded by the RFU before clubs can be accredited," said Paula Hanson, RFU Clubs & CB Services Administrator.
The award was presented to the club by RFU President Richard Appleby and Senior Vice President Willie Wildash. Roger Hawkins, President of Shipston RFC, said: “We are very proud of our success in achieving this benchmark award. Our submission was one of the best received by the RFU, thanks to the effort put in by our former Chairman Mark Ashworth and Secretary Maxine Williams. They have set the scene for further growth and development at Shipston Rugby Club”