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Your News Castleford RUC juniors win Dennis Cobbold Award
28
MAR

CASTLEFORD RUFC has been directing a huge amount of effort and resource into its junior section in recent seasons and that focus on youth has earned the club the Dennis Cobbold Memorial Shield, which is awarded annually by the Yorkshire RFU.

The trophy goes to the club whose mini-junior section has been outstanding in the provision of a safe and secure environment in which young people develop and play the game.

The trophy was donated by the Cobbold family in memory of Dennis, a great worker for Yorkshire rugby, and embodies the core values of the game – teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship – that Dennis worked so hard to promote.

Nominations for the award at gathered from a wide range of sources from around Yorkshire, including Rugby Development personnel, District Safeguarding Managers and County Officials based on their knowledge of and work with clubs.

Those recommendation can embody a variety of themes, but all are related to creating and maintaining a safe, caring environment in which young people can be introduced to the game and flourish within it.

Castleford RUFC received an honourable mention last season and having maintained the same high standards, they were chosen as 2010-2011 season winners.

“The club ensures that its volunteers are well trained and kept aware of safeguarding issues,” said Yorkshire’s Safeguarding Manager John Sheppard: “It has two very active Club Safeguarding Officers and has planned for progression very well. It has managed the photo ID Card system well and its paperwork has been used as an example for other Yorkshire clubs.

“This is a great achievement for the club and is the result of continued hard work to implement best practices throughout all aspects of the club.” said Club Secretary Steven Ball: “We had a major incident earlier in the season when the implementation of the first aid training was exemplary and ensured the best outcome.

“We learned a lot in a short time from that about procedures that we hope we will not have to utilise in the future, but if we do, we have the confidence and know-how to do so.

“Child safeguarding has to be the basis of any club wishing to grow its junior section and takes a lot of effort, but once part of the ethos of the club, it helps guide decision thinking. We are seeing the benefits of that with the first players coming through our junior section into the senior teams.”

By coincidence, Alistair O’Gara last week became the first player from Castleford’s original junior team set up by John Paul to graduate into the senior sides, making it a memorable week for the club.

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