(Article first published July 2015)
Well done, and many thanks to all those who contributed to the process, particularly:
Bob Fountain, Nick Elborne, Richard Parry and Gil May
DORSET & WILTS RFU CORE VALUES AWARDS SCHEME
TEAMWORK, RESPECT, ENJOYMENT, DISCIPLINE and SPORTSMANSHIP are Rugby Union's five Core Values. They define the social ethos of a Club and how people behave with each other on and off the field. They ensure that the true spirit of the game will continue to flourish in these modern times. They represent the very qualities which forge the fellowship and sense of fair play that is so essential to the game's appeal and ongoing success. Rugby is far more than a game; its players join with the opposing side for fun and fellowship after the match because without them we have no game.
Dorset & Wilts Rugby Football Union recognised that if their Clubs are to continue to grow the game they required a plan and process in place to retain the CORE VALUES of the game.
A document outlining the Core Values Awards Scheme was produced and sent to all Dorset & Wilts Clubs together with an invitation to attend local meetings of Clubs (Huddles).
The first round of Huddles were held in March. Discussions took place using some actual examples that demonstrated the importance of the five Core Values. These discussions highlighted the dangers of allowing coaches to create a "Winning at all Costs Culture" as well as the importance of "Enjoyment" as the key Core Value. A second round of Huddles were held in May to share best practice and discuss the framework of a simple Core Values Action Plan that would demonstrate that a Club had implemented a process to promote, communicate and embed the five Core Values throughout its structure.
Clubs were then asked to submit their individual Core Values Action Plans for approval.
CONCLUSION The Core Values Award Scheme has been very successful with 29 eligible Clubs (80%) participating. In particular, it was well received by those Clubs who had already begun to focus on the importance of the ethos and culture created by the five Core Values and they welcomed the opportunity to develop a simple process to embed them permanently within their structure.
Updated 13:43 - 23 Jul 2017 by WRFC Web Admin