... to Tiverton official Clive Rowe, flanked on either side by club members and Devon officials
YOU are never too old to learn something new - just ask the management at Tiverton RFC.
Tiverton Devon oldest rugby club, where the game has been played since 1868, has been awarded the RFU Club Accreditation Mark.
The award was presented to the club by Devon RFU president Mo Jackson at the club's vice-presidents' and sponsors' day before their home game against St Ives.
The scheme is based upon six core values identified as crucial to a strong club:
:: Retaining and developing players
:: Recruiting new players
:: Recruiting and retaining high-quality coaches, volunteers and referees
:: Effective and efficient facilities
:: Effective and efficient management and governance
:: Integration in the local community
'The aim of the scheme is to help all club sections become more effective, more efficient and more enjoyable places in which to play rugby," said Clive Rowe, the Tiverton committeeman who has driven project through.
'Accredition provides a framework for a club to show what it is doing, how it does it, and where it can improve.
'The scheme is designed to recognise and assist a club to continually improve, while demonstrating a real commitment to providing all that's best in rugby union.
"Club accreditation brings many advantages for the club, including the Sport England Clubmark for the Mini and Youth Section.
'It will also give the club credibility with local authorities and educational establishments and confer the status of the RFU brand to attract potential sponsors.'