Barton Hill raise the standard
BARTON Hill have become the first Bristol Combination club to be presented with the prestigious RFU Clubs Accreditation Award. The Speedwell-based club received the accolade from Bristol Combination chairman Adrian Siddorn at a special ceremony at their Duncombe Lane clubhouse.
To achieve the standards set by the RFU, clubs have to demonstrate they can meet a certain criteria known as the 'Six Drivers': Retaining and developing players, recruiting new players, recruiting and retaining high-quality coaches, volunteers and referees, effective and efficient facilities, effective and efficient management and governance and integration into the local community. Each of these, together with the core values of the game, is represented within the Club Accreditation Scheme.
Club chairman Mike Bond said: "We are delighted to receive this accreditation, and to become the first club in Bristol to do so. I think the club has turned a corner, in terms of organisation and structure, and now we want to transfer this positivity on to the playing field. I think that, in the recent past, we've been guilty of just drifting along, but now there seems to be real purpose in what we're doing here at the club."
Meanwhile, the club have confirmed that former captain Dave Lupton will be their new head coach, after spending the past two season's coaching at Western Counties North league rivals Bristol Harlequins.
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Lupton said; "There is a real buzz and a positive vibe at Barts, and I wanted to be a part of that. Each club has its merits, and I think very highly of the people at both clubs. But it was time for a change."