Club Excellence Award for City of Armagh Rugby Club
Pictured: Mervyn Watts, Hon. Sec, IRFU President, Evan Mortan
The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced that City of Armagh RFC has been recognised with its Club Excellence Award.
The Club Excellence Award is an accreditation scheme developed by the IRFU, which aims to promote best practice across a number of key areas within clubs.
To achieve the IRFU Club Excellence Award, a club must demonstrate that it has established above average standards in all areas of club operation and City of Armagh RFC passed with flying colours.
David Johnston at Ulster Rugby administered the Armagh application and commented, “This is a great achievement for the Club and I would like to congratulate the dedicated team of volunteers who have worked on this scheme. The Club Excellence award is a valuable process for Clubs, providing them with a best practice benchmark to strive towards, in terms of sustainable on and off-field development. Well done to all involved.”
Club President, Gary Bell, commented, ‘to achieve the Club Excellence Award is a tremendous recognition for our Club here in Armagh. The application process took three months and I would like to thank Evan Morton and Harry Doyle for driving it forward and all our volunteers who helped throughout.”
City of Armagh RFC are currently working on their Five Year Development Plan and Raymond Donnelly, Development Convenor, stated, ‘the award of Club Excellence fits into our long term plan to position City of Armagh RFC as one of Ulster’s leading and progressive clubs both on and off the pitch. We are delighted to join that small number of clubs in the whole of Ireland who can now claim to be a club of excellence’.
A Club Excellence awards ceremony took place prior to the Ireland v Australia International at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. IRFU President, Stephen Hilditch presented club representatives with a certificate and flag which will be displayed proudly in the Armagh clubhouse.