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Jason Leonard and Joe Simpson spruce up Mitcham RFC

07 June 2012

  • Internationals past and present descend on Mitcham for RBS RugbyForce
  • I hope that RBS RugbyForce can help to provide a lasting legacy to the community for years to come - Jason Leonard

England rugby legend Jason Leonard and current international Joe Simpson grabbed a paint brush each and headed to help Mitcham RFC’s RBS RugbyForce Weekend on Saturday 2 June.

They helped the club and over 60 volunteers carry out a number of renovations, including painting the bar area inside the clubhouse and clearing out wasteland behind the club as part of a plan to create a new family outdoor area. The day ended with a well earned BBQ for all volunteers and a bit of Jubilee fun surrounding bunting and royal family face masks.

Created and supported by RBS 6 Nations sponsor The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, RBS RugbyForce encourages communities to give something back to their local rugby clubs. Mitcham RFC is at the heart of their community and strives to give children in the local area an opportunity to place rugby regardless of their background.

Jason Leonard said: "I am delighted to have been able to play my part in the RBS RugbyForce Weekend at Mitcham and help out with the renovations. I’m so pleased that so many members of the local community came down to get involved.

Jason Leonard, Joe Simpson and volunteers from Mitcham RFC at work

Photo: RFU Archive

"I hope that RBS RugbyForce and the great work that everybody achieved today will help to ensure the club can continue to grow and provide a lasting legacy to the community for years to come."

Mitcham RFC spokesperson, Peter Hegarty, added:  “I can’t thank the members enough for all their great work today, its helped to bring a close-knit team even more together.

"RBS RubyForce has given Mitcham a platform to become a better club; the new garden area will help to attract families, creating a safe place for children to play. The image of our club was that it is run down, today has helped us to move away from this and hopefully going forward we’ll attract more members from the community."

Mitcham RFC was one of 325 rugby clubs across England who registered for RBS RugbyForce 2012, each of whom submitted a proposal for project work planned for the official RBS RugbForce Weekend.

RBS RugbyForce awarded Mitcham RFC a support package worth £5,000 to assist them in their extensive renovation plan. Go to www.facebook.com/rbsrugbyforce to see some pictures of the work carried out at clubs across England over the RBS RugbyForce Weekend.