Langholm Rugby Club Convert To Club Accreditation Scheme

Dumfries and Galloway Council recently relaunched their Sports Club Accreditation Scheme which is administered by the Active Schools and Community Sport team across the region.

Sports clubs are an important part of local communities and provide an opportunity for people to enjoy a lifetime of involvement in sport at whatever level they aspire to. The Sports Club Accreditation Scheme aims to support clubs to improve the quality of opportunities and is an effective way for clubs to demonstrate to parents, schools and the wider community that they have achieved nationally recognised minimum criteria in governance, child protection, welfare, equity, first aid and other key areas and operate a safe environment to play sport.

Some of the benefits of being an accredited club include;

• Evidence that current workforce qualifications are up to date and the club is operating at its best.
• Addressing issues such as equity and child protection should increase parent’s confidence when choosing the correct club for their child.
• Updating policies, training and systems shows increased confidence in local partners including schools and that quality and child friendly systems and procedures are in place.
• Members can be sure their club is a well-managed club, striving to offer the best in coaching and sports development
• Accredited clubs will be in an enhanced position to work in partnership with Active Schools and Community Sport and benefit from a range of support

Chair of the Council’s Children, Young People and Lifelong Learning Committee, Councillor Jeff Leaver said;

“The Sports Club Accreditation Scheme aims to make clubs safer and stronger with recognised standards of welfare, equality, coaching and management. An accredited Club is recognised as a safe, rewarding and fulfilling place for participants of all ages, as well as helping parents and carers know that they’re choosing the right Club for their young people.”

Langholm Rugby Club was the first club in Annandale and Eskdale to be issued with the new Club Accreditation Scheme Certificate at their junior training session last week.

Pictured receiving their certificate from Lead Officer, Calum Graham on behalf of the Langholm Rugby Club is Davie Gordon, Youth Co-Ordinator and Fixtures Secretary. Also pictured are Mark Grieve, Youth Coach, Craig Hislop, Youth Coach and Christopher Tait, Maintenance Manager.


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