Last week Tunbridge Wells RFC's Clubhouse at St Marks hosted one of 12 RFU Consultation evenings on future potential proposals for the way that the game should be structured and governed at Twickenham. Some 65 Club and County representatives attended the session with Kent and Sussex Clubs providing the majority of attendees but with representatives from Surrey, Essex and one from Eastern Counties as well. They were joined by one of the most Senior delegations from the game ever seen in the town with Paul Murphy RFU president, Ian Ritchie the RFU Chief Executive, Karena Vleck the Legal and Governance Director, Mark McCafferty the CEO of Premier Rugby as well as Miles Templeman Non exec Director of the RFU Management Board and John Douglas RFU Council appointee to the Board.
During a very focussed and interactive 2 hours Simon Johnson the lead Consultant on this Project, who worked previously with the Football Association on the same subject and Ian Ritchie covered a range of topics including: the size and role of the RFU Council and Board, the role of the RFU President, the powers of the Board and the Council and the job role of Councillors and Board Members.
At the end of the evening the presenters were thanked for making a difficult topic an interesting one as the attendees voted at the end of each section for their preferred option by Roger Clarke the host Club and Kent County Chairman.
Following the formal part of the evening Tunbridge Wells RFC celebrated the achievement of their full RFU Club accreditation award for effort and achievement of it's volunteers in reaching the standard required in the development of Rugby across the whole Club from U 6's to Veterans, and in planning for the long term sustainability of the Club and the RFU.
Ian Ritchie the RFU's Chief executive presented Youth chairman and co-ordinator of the project Andy child with the Tunbridge Wells RFC plaque in recognition of this great achievement.
Clubs are assessed by the RFU and must demonstrate evidence of good practice in areas such as club management, player development and recruitment, child protection, sports equity, coaching, refereeing and volunteering.
Tunbridge Wells were very proud to achieve the award and to have been judged to have shown consistently high standards across the whole club to achieve it.
Andy child said: ' This is a terrific achievement in recognition of all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes from a small army of volunteers that make the heart of the club tick'. It's really pleasing that these efforts have been recognised in this way and appreciated by the RFU through this Award ceremony.'