The RFU in partnership with NatWest have launched NatWest RugbyForce 2014, 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.
Year one of the programme was a huge success, with over 400 clubs across England taking part in the DIY weekend. NatWest RugbyForce 2014 will take place on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 2014 and promises to be another great weekend.
Clubs who register for NatWest RugbyForce can look forward to a chance of receiving a host of exciting rewards and benefits, from online toolkits on how to make the most of your NatWest RugbyForce event to the chance to attend one of our 35 free project planning workshops, that provide support and guidance on how to plan and deliver facility improvement projects over the NatWest RugbyForce Weekend, with the aim of helping to make your club a stronger and more viable business in the long term.
As well as guidance and support, the NatWest RugbyForce programme will also provide financial support to 175 rugby clubs who have registered for NatWest RugbyForce 2014 by January 17, 2014.
How the financial support will be distributed:
- support packages of £500 will be awarded to 175 clubs who are selected to attend one of the 35 NatWest RugbyForce workshops
- following the workshops, all 175 clubs will be asked to submit a project plan for their weekend and two clubs from each of the 35 workshops will then be selected to receive enhanced support of £2,000 or £1,000, based upon the calibre of their project plan
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In addition to the project planning workshops and the financial support, the 175 clubs that are selected clubs will be offered places at NatWest RugbyForce Ahead for Business Workshops. These sessions will help develop your club as a business by providing guidance on a range of areas including management and leadership, business planning and cash management.
Closing date to be considered for invitation to one of the 35 project planning workshops, the financial support package and the business workshops is January 17, 2014.
The RFU Area Facility Managers in partnership with the Constituent Body Facility Coordinators will decide which clubs will be invited to the project planning workshops. Representatives from NatWest and the RFU will make the final decisions on which clubs will receive the additional grants following the delivery of the workshops. More information about the selection process and judging criteria can be found in the FAQs.
How to register your club for NatWest RugbyForce 2014
Registration for NatWest RugbyForce is now open and closes on June 20, 2014. To register your club for NatWest RugbyForce 2014, simply visit our registration page and follow the steps to complete and submit the relevant form.
NatWest RugbyForce is not just for club members…
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 offer your support for the weekend. You don’t have to be a DIY expert, there are jobs for everyone.