Cobham Rugby

RFU Seal of Approval

The Active Sports 'Seal of Approval' accreditation programme forms an important part of Community Rugby's drive towards supporting clubs to improve their provision of rugby for young people. In association with Sport England and the 'Clubmark' scheme, the RFU aim is to set standards of quality control that will produce quality clubs across the country.

Community Rugby has introduced the Active Sports 'Seal of Approval' accreditation programme as a method of examining, maintaining and improving the provision of rugby in the junior section of an Active Sports rugby club. The accreditation will recognize the effort and achievement of Cobham's volunteers in reaching the required standards of a club committed to the Active Sports programme.

The accreditation will also show all those with an interest in rugby and sports development that Cobham RFC is providing its young people with a safe, well organized and enjoyable environment in which to learn and play rugby.

Why has Cobham RFC gained Seal of Approval?

• To secure recognition for all the work done by the volunteers in the mini & youth section
• To demonstrate to RFU that the sections are being run to the highest possible standard

Below is the key documentation for RFU Seal of Approval status.


  Document Details
1 RFU questionnaire England Rugby website
2 Child Protection Policy Child Protection documents
3 Child Protection Training All training courses are published on our coaching page
4 Club Codes of Conduct Click here for details
5 First Aid Equipment Click here for document
6 Emergency Procedures Click here for document
7 Players Medical Information This information is provided by parents at time of registration & is provided to the relevant age-group manager.
8 Player/Parents Contact List This information is provided by parents at time of registration & is provided to the relevant age-group manager.
9 Coaching & competitive programme Youth Fixtures are available for each age group.
Mini Fixtures are available for each age group.
10 Coaches Database The mini & youth coaches qualifications are held on the Cobham RFC coaching database.
This is also the area for new coaches to register & parents to sign up to coaching courses. To find out more visit our Coaching page.
11 Mini  & Youth section Job Descriptions Click here for Minis & Youth Job descriptions
12 Coach/player ratios Cobham RFC has c. 415 mini members & 48 mini coaches, a ratio of more than 1 coach per 10 players. Age group capacity has been restricted by the number of available coaches and the amount of available playing space.
Cobham RFC has 222 youth members & 26 youth coaches, a ratio of more than 1 coach per 10 players.
13 Safe venue/equipment Richard Frost is Club Risk Assessment officer and undertakes a rigorous Risk Assessment before every significant club event such as Festivals and on an ad hoc basis throughout the season.
14 Cobham RFC has an open Constitution Click here for more information
15 Cobham RFC has adopted the RFU Equal Opportunity/Sports Equity Policy Click here for details
16 A Club for All One member of the club has attended the Running Sport 'A Club for All' workshop
17 Equity in Your coaching One member of the club attended an 'Equity in your Coaching' workshop on 10th January 2008.
18 Cobham RFC is affiliated to the RFU Cobham RFC is affiliated to the RFU
19 Public liability certificate RFU Community Rugby Insurance Website
Public Liability insurance document to be added.
20 Cobham RFC Membership details/subscriptions Membership details are available here
21 Parent Communications Cobham RFC communicates to parents via the Cobham RFC website, age-group specific emails & club wide mailshots. A Cobham RFC fixtures handbook is produced every season for all members.
22 Active Sports contact to liaise with Sports England Rob Cook is our Active Surrey Sports Partnership Club Development Officer on 01483 518962 / 07832 293622
Yolanda Edwards is our Elmbridge Sports contact
23 The club should have contact with at least one school/youth organization Martin Green coaches rugby at the American Community School; Our first team coach Billy Davidson teaches Sport at Danes Hill & Laurie Lee is the burser at Hinchley Wood and a governor at Shrewsbury House.
24 Cobham RFC is committed to Outreach Work Cobham RFC together with Egham RFC, Esher RFC, Reedonians RFC, Weybridge RFC & Active Surrey fund a Community Rugby Coach for the Elmbridge Cluster.
The Community Rugby Coach promotes rugby in all schools across the Elmbridge Cluster
25 Cobham RFC Mini/Youth Development Plan Click here for document