Higginshaw ARLFC to receive Clubmark at Whitebank

Date published: Friday, June 11, 2010

IT will be a big day for Higginshaw ARLFC at Whitebank on Sunday when ‘Higgy’, as they are popularly known, will receive their Clubmark award on the pitch during the half-time interval in the Oldham v Doncaster game.

Clubmark, a cross-sport quality accreditation for clubs with junior sections, was introduced in 2002 by Sport England.

Awards in our sport are made by the Rugby Football League, operating in conjunction with Sport England, and it is in his capacity as RFL president that the Roughyeds chairman Christopher Hamilton will present the award to Higginshaw officials on Sunday.

Roughyeds are proud and privileged to be given the opportunity to stage this milestone event in the Higginshaw club’s history on the pitch at Whitebank during one of our Championship One league games.

As well as the main award to the ‘Higgy’ club there will also be a Volunteer of the Year award made to Jimmy Marshall for his sterling work behind the scenes at the club and, in particular, for his work in helping to bring the club up to Clubmark standards.

As well as the open-age team in North-West Counties division four, to be coached next season by Paul Deakin and Dave Sweeney, Higgy run an under-16s team in division one of the NWC Youth League, coached by Mark Turner and Geoff Sneyd.

Neil Standring coaches the under-10s and Jimmy Marshall will be running a new under-8s side next season.

“We intend to increase our age-group junior teams year on year,” said Jimmy, “and we are also making moves to develop our club facilities.

“Clubmark awards are made to clubs who strive hard to reach specific standards in such areas as child protection, facilities, qualifications of coaches and various other areas which all add up to a well-run club that satisfies the criteria of the Clubmark standards.

“We have around 15 coaches now who are qualified to level 1 and around 26 volunteers who have all the necessary qualifications and child-protection cover.”

Players from the club’s junior section will do a lap of honour at Whitebank on Sunday after the presentations have taken place.