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How will the 175 clubs be selected for the workshops?

If my club attended the workshop last year does that mean we can’t attend this year?

When will clubs find out if they have been successful in securing a place at a workshop?

When will clubs find out if they have been successful in securing an enhanced Renovation Support Pack?

Who will receive the £2,000, £1,000 and £500 support?

When will the workshops take place?

When will the online support tools be available to download?

How is this scheme different to previous years?

Why has the programme changed its name?

 

Q: How will the 175 clubs be selected for the workshops?

A: The clubs selected to be invited to the project planning workshops will be selected by local panels consisting of the Constituent Body Facility Coordinator and the Area Facilities Manager. The participating clubs will be those clubs who, in the opinion of the judges, write the most apt and suitable responses to the following questions:

  • Tell us what your club is planning to do for your NatWest RugbyForce event.
  • Tell us how this project will help you improve the quality of the experience for people when using or visiting your club.

The national judging panel comprises of a representative from NatWest and a representative from the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

Q: If my club attended the workshop last year does that mean we can’t attend this year?

A: All member clubs of the RFU are eligible to attend the project planning workshops, whether or not they attended last year. The workshops will be a similar format to 2013 but will have new content and provide an opportunity for clubs to discuss learnings from their first NatWest RugbyForce weekend.

Q: When will clubs find out if they have been successful in securing a place at a workshop?

A: Decision regarding the clubs invited to attend the project planning workshops and having the chance to receive the support pack of £500 will be made on February 9, 2014 and the clubs will be notified of their invitation by email by February 19, 2014. To receive the grant the club needs to accept the invitation and attend the project planning workshop.

Q: When will clubs find out if they have been successful in securing an enhanced Renovation Support Pack?

A: Decision regarding the clubs receiving a renovation grant of £2,000 or £1,000 will be made on May 5, 2014 and clubs will be notified of the decision and offer of an additional grant by email by May 12, 2014. The club will need to return the grant award letter signed accepting the offer of the award.

Q: Who will receive the £2,000, £1,000 and £500 support?

A:

  • Each club that is invited to attend a workshop (and attends) will be eligible to receive at least £500 towards their proposed NatWest RugbyForce Weekend project. One club per workshop will receive an additional £2,000 award following the workshop and another club will receive an additional £1,000. 
  • Information on the £2,000 and £1,000 awards will form part of the information at the workshop and the decision for the additional grants will be made based on the clubs’ proposed facility improvement projects. These proposals will be reviewed by a panel made-up of the Constituent Body Area Facility Managers who will submit entries to a National Panel (NatWest and RFU panel) who will make the final decision. Please see Terms & Conditions.

Q: When will the workshops take place?

A: The workshops are planned to take place between March 17 and March 28, 2014. They will be hosted locally and delivered by a Rugby Development Officer (RDO)

Q: When will the online support tools be available to download?

A: Monday, March 17, 2014.

Q: How is this scheme different to previous years?

A: The programme will run in a similar way to 2013 but the grants have been amended to deliver benefit to more clubs.

Q: Why has the programme changed its name?

A: In November 2012 the Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS) became the RFU’s first official banking partner with an enhanced commitment to supporting the grassroots of the game. RugbyForce is a joint initiative between the RFU and their partner RBS and supports the RFU Development Department’s aim of ‘strengthening our member clubs and growing the game in the communities around them.’

NatWest forms part of the RBS Group and the programme will be delivered under the banner of NatWest RugbyForce.

 

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