The RFU in partnership with NatWest launched NatWest RugbyForce 2014 last November at Bracknell RFC. This was the second year of a nationwide programme designed to provide an opportunity to welcome members, volunteers and local businesses from the community for a weekend of DIY to help make rugby clubs stronger businesses by renovating their facilities.
Photo: RFU Archive
Year one of the programme had been a huge success, with over 400 clubs across England taking part in the DIY weekend. NatWest RugbyForce 2014 proved to be bigger and better, with just under 500 clubs taking on the DIY challenge. The projects undertaken this year ranged from general tidying up, cleaning and decorating to building flood defences, pitch maintenance, laying patios, repairing potholes and putting up fences. In total, these projects involved over 14,500 volunteers helping out in clubs the length and breadth of the country, and joining the ranks were 19 MPs who signed up to visit their local clubs.
The Project Planning workshops in March helped 170 clubs refine their plans and support grants from £250 up to £2,500 were offered to over 350 clubs. The Pride of the Nation competition to find and reward grassroots rugby clubs with the biggest support in their local communities attracted over 45,000 votes, producing four regional winners, with Eastleigh RFC winning the overall title.
NatWest RugbyForce business mentoring
In addition to the project planning workshops and the financial support, we are offering clubs the opportunity to receive business mentoring to provide guidance on a range of areas, including management and leadership, business planning and cash management. Clubs can apply by completing a short questionnaire here, which will provide us with some basic details about your club, by Friday, September 26.
NatWest RugbyForce 2015
Looking ahead to next year, there will be a Rugby World Cup feel to NatWest RugbyForce so be sure to look out for details later this year.
If you are not a member of a rugby club then NatWest RugbyForce is still for you. Use the club finder to locate your closest club and be ready to offer your support for next year’s programme. You don’t have to be a DIY expert, there will be jobs for everyone and everyone will be welcome.