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Isle of Wight’s RBS RugbyForce day a big success

06 June 2012

  • Much needed redecoration of 1970s-built clubhouse
  • Wootton Rec facilities smartened up for next season
Isle of Wight RFC first team changing room seen before the RBS RugbyForce redecoration.

Photo: RFU Archive

Isle of Wight RFC spent a day painting, decorating and sprucing up their Wootton Rec clubhouse as part of the RFU’s RBS RugbyForce weekend.

The club was putting to good use an enhanced support package of £1,250 from RBS RugbyForce, the annual community volunteer programme delivered in partnership with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Football Foundation (RFF).

It was one of four runners-up awards made around the country and enabled IWRFC to plan extensive redecoration of the clubhouse in preparation for next season and beyond.

Throughout Saturday June 2 some thirty 30 members of the club gave of their time to work on the changing rooms and toilets: plaster-boarding, plumbing, plastering, painting and sorting.

“It was a great work day at the club,” said Dave Metcalfe, IWRFC House & Grounds Chairman.

“This has been an excellent start to our revamping of the facilities and it was great that so many members could come and give up part of their Bank Holiday Weekend. It just shows what we all feel for the club.”

Isle of Wight RFC first team changing room seen after the RBS RugbyForce redecoration.

Photo: RFU Archive

The club has much still to do before the season starts in order for the clubhouse to be at its best for players, supporters and visitors. Members who were unable to attend on Saturday have pledged their time over the summer to complete the job that has been started.

With changes and decoration to the toilets, first XV changing room, re-ceiling of the changing corridor, clearing of the store area and reorganising of the clubroom, the effects can be seen already.

With lunch provided for all workers and a barbecue after, it was also a good chance for members to enjoy a day with friends, while moving the club forward.

Isle of Wight RFC would like to thank RBS and the RFU for their award and assistance.

The club now look to continue their development both on and off the pitch for what looks like a challenging season’s campaign in Hampshire 1. The on-field preparations start on Thursday July 5 with training from 6.45pm, while the off-field improvements continue.

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