Fakenham Rugby Union Football Club Limited is registered with Companies House as a Limited Company. Our ethos as an amateur club is set out in the club rules, which may be examined, or a copy obtained from the club secretary Chris Evans. The Junior Section of the club is run according to these rules.
This is Rugby, Core Values
Rugby union is the fastest growing major sport in the country, attracting more people than ever to enjoy a vibrant game as amateur and professional players, volunteers and supporters.
The expansion of the game of rugby has brought new challenges to the game and a need to sustain the standards that are its strengths. A few years ago the RFU put together a task group to run an extensive consultation exercise. The 'Core Values Project' – the first time a sport has set out to define its value system in formal terms and identified the following five principles that lie at the heart of the game in England:
Teamwork is essential to our sport. Fakenham welcomes all new team members and the inclusive nature of the sport is such that working as a team enriches our lives. We play selflessly: working for the team, not for ourselves alone, both on and off the field. We take pride in our team, rely on one another and understand that each player has a part to play. We speak out if our team or sport is threatened by inappropriate words or actions.
Mutual respect forms the basis of our sport, which we hold in high esteem. Its values and traditions earn the respect of others in the way we behave. We respect our match officials and accept their decisions without question. We respect opposition players and supporters. We value our coaches and those who run our clubs and treat clubhouses with consideration.
Enjoyment is the reason we play and support rugby union; we encourage players to enjoy training and playing. We use our sport to adopt a healthy lifestyle and build life skills, and we safeguard our young players and help them have fun. We enjoy being part of a team and part of the rugby family.
Strong discipline underpins our sport. We ensure that our sport is one of controlled physical endeavour and that we are honest and fair. We obey the laws of the game, which ensures an inclusive and exciting global game. We support our disciplinary system, which protects our sport and upholds its values. We observe the sport's laws and regulations and report serious breaches to the rugby authorities.
Sportsmanship is the foundation upon which rugby union is built. We uphold the rugby tradition of camaraderie with teammates and opposition. We observe fair play both on and off the pitch and are generous in victory and dignified in defeat. We play to win but not at all costs and recognise both endeavour and achievement. We ensure that the well-being and development of individual players is central to all rugby activity.
Code of Conduct
Although the Junior Section has no separate rules we do have a code of conduct for players, parents, coaches, spectators and club administrators.
We all enjoy watching young players and our enthusiasm can sometimes get the better of us.
Please remember Mini and Youth rugby is about enjoying and learning the skills of the game in a friendly and safe environment.
Support Your child - Get involved
As a parent you will no doubt want your sons or daughters to enjoy their involvement in Rugby Union in a safe enjoyable environment where there are opportunities to learn and develop rugby skills but also to have fun. The club also likes you to support your child by becoming involved with your child's activities as much as possible. There are many areas within the club which rely on volunteer help to make the Junior Section a success. Without parent support it would not run. There is nearly always a job to suit you and the time you have to spare.