As part of their sponsorship of the Six Nations, RBS have launched RBS RugbyForce to help grass roots rugby clubs improve their facilities – you may have noticed the banners on The Rugby Blog, and we are fully supportive of the scheme.
Sackey paints the clubhouse at Frampton Cotterell RFC in 2009
The RBS RugbyForce scheme encourages communities to give something back to their local rugby club by volunteering to undertake improvements to clubhouses and grounds.
The RBS RugbyForce weekend on the 5th and 6th June 2010 will bring together club members, family, friends and supporters in one big weekend of activity to help with the required renovations at their local club.
The sponsors will also help to fund renovations by offering a grant to three lucky clubs – one from each of England, Scotland and Wales – who make the most compelling case as part of their registration.
By registering on the RugbyForce page, not only will you enter the draw to win up to £5,000 for your club, you’ll also receive tips and planning documents on budgeting, organising resources and raising local awareness for the RBS RugbyForce weekend projects.
If you win, you may also be visited by one of the RBS RugbyForce ambassadors in Jason Leonard, Ieuan Evans and Andy Nicol, but there are lots of benefits even if you don’t claim the top prize.
The first 100 clubs to register will receive:
a) DIY / Supermarket online vouchers
b) 50 T-shirts
c) Posters and an RBS RugbyForce Plaque
Last year, 22 clubs entered, so you’ve got a pretty good chance of being in the first 100. Take a look at what the Big Fun Bus says about the scheme below, and then register your club on the RBS RugbyForce page before the deadline at 5pm on Friday 26th March
Here’s a tip for your application: we’ve been told that each entry will be assessed on the following criteria:
a) Planned club development and how this will benefit the local community
b) The need of the individual rugby club
Jason Leonard advocates the ethos behind the scheme: “In so many regions across the UK, we know that rugby clubs are the heartlands of their communities. Having come through the club system myself to go on to play for England, I know first-hand how crucial club rugby is for international development. The big aim of RBS RugbyForce is to provide much-needed resources for club rugby, and get communities backing their local side.”
Here are some other images from last year’s RugbyForce weekend:
Tom Shanklin at Pentyrch RFC
Andy Nicol and David Sole at Mackie Academy