Press Release - Moseley’s Minis & Juniors win top RFU award

Moseley Rugby Club’s Mini and Junior section has been awarded the RFU’s prestigious Seal of Approval certificate.

The Seal of Approval scheme is a joint initiative between the RFU, Sport England and the Active Sports programme, designed to raise the standards of youth rugby across the country. It recognises Moseley M&Js as a safe, effective and child friendly place to play rugby and endorses its valuable role within the local community.

Moseley is only the third club in Greater Birmingham to achieve the status and only the twelfth in the North Midlands.

Jim Barton, chairman of Moseley M&Js, said: "For the last 18 months the Mini and Junior Section Committee has been spearheading a drive to achieve the Clubmark award. The Section had to undergo a rigorous accreditation programme and we’re all thrilled to have achieved the necessary standard.

”I would personally like to thank the M&J Committee, all our coaching teams and officials, Richard Webb at Birmingham Active Sports and Gary Meechan, the North Midlands Rugby Development Officer, in helping us secure the award.”

Moseley’s President and former England international Jan Webster said: “The whole club is very proud of the M&J’s outstanding achievement. It’s a tribute to the hard work and sheer dedication of a large group of people who give their time and skills voluntarily to the Section.

“The club is committed to the pursuit of excellence in all its activities and this is another significant benchmark as the club continues to rebuild.”

Colin Major, Hon Youth Chairman RFU Midland Counties, will present the award at the First XV’s home game against Stourbridge on Saturday 17 January.

Mr Major said: “ We are delighted Moseley Rugby Club has passed all seven stages of the RFU Seal of Approval and Sport England Clubmark accreditation process. This award formally recognises the club as a safe, effective and child friendly environment, reflecting the high quality of work by the club volunteers over many years in bringing rugby to the City and their current extensive community programme. We are certain that those many children and their parents in the City of Birmingham attracted to play Rugby by our World Cup success can be assured of a safe and caring club environment at Moseley Rugby Club.”

More than 200 youngsters from U7 to 18 years train and play under the guidance of expert coaches every Sunday morning. Any youngster is free to come along – further details can be obtained from Moseley’s website at


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