The RFL is delighted to announce the launch of its brand new Club Accreditation scheme.

Introduced to replace the Clubmark accreditation scheme, the new initiative will remain aligned to the Sport England Clubmark scheme and clubs who meet the requirements will continue to be recognised by Sport England, local councils and other external partners.RFL Club Accreditation Logo

The main changes to the scheme are:

1.There will only be one level of RFL Club Accreditation. The ‘Gold’ level of accreditation will no longer exist. The process for applying for RFL Club Accreditation will be hosted on the RFL website. Clubs will not be required to maintain a folder of evidence, and the RFL will complete the checks through reference to the RFL Community Database and your club website, rather than club visits;

2.There will be a process by which RFL Club Accreditation is removed if a club fails to maintain minimum standards or commits serious and/or repeated breaches of safeguarding, disciplinary or Respect codes

RFL National Clubs Manager Dan Steel said: “Last year we conducted a review of the existing scheme in response to feedback from club volunteers.

“We found that the purpose of working towards accreditation wasn’t clear to many clubs and that the process was heavy administration burden for club volunteers.

“The aim of the changes is to make it much easier for our clubs whilst maintaining the purpose and value of club accreditation.

“Clubs will receive a certificate on achieving accreditation; however, the core purpose of RFL Club Accreditation is to demonstrate a club meets minimum standards in management, safety and accessibility for children and young people.”

For more information on the RFL Club Accreditation scheme visit