Pock top of the crop

Pocklington RUFC has again been recognised by the Rugby Football Union as a top club after being chosen as one of the first in the country to receive the RFUs new club accreditation status, and the club has been invited to Twickenham to collect the award.

The club accreditation scheme evaluates all areas of how clubs operate and Pocklington has had to demonstrate top levels of management throughout both its senior and junior sections.

There are some 2,000 rugby clubs in England, and Pocklington RUFC is one of the first 93, and the only one from East Yorkshire, to be accredited.

RFU president, Willie Wildash, praised Pocklington as he informed the club that they had been accredited, saying: “The work your club has undertaken has been of such a high standard that I am delighted to inform you that the RFU wishes to immediately accredit your club with the new club accreditation status. I do hope you will be able to come along to Twickenham with all those other 92 clubs who are at the forefront of club development.”

Club officials will formally receive the club accreditation from Wildash at a special ceremony at Twickenham on the RFU schools finals day on 4 April; and in way of reward to club members, particularly junior and mini players, the RFU is paying for a bus from Pocklington to Twickenham to watch the under-15 and under-18 schools finals and get a look round the Twickenham stadium.

Anyone who would like to go to Twickenham for the day should contact junior chairman John Bryant, or their team manager.