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Staines ready for NatWest RugbyForce to refurbish Partner Bar

04 June 2013

  • Refurb of bar that commemorates club and county President
  • Volunteers welcome to help with summer spruce-up

Staines RFC in Middlesex is taking part in NatWest RugbyForce after being awarded £4,000 under the scheme and is calling on the support of volunteers and the local community to get involved in a weekend of DIY on June 15-16.

Natwest RugbyForce is a nationwide programme developed in partnership with the RFU, which helps community rugby clubs to improve their facilities with the long term goal of becoming stronger businesses.

The weekend is an opportunity for all club members and the local community to come together to have some DIY fun and work on an improvement project which will make a real difference. There will be a range of jobs available at the Staines RFC ground, The Reeves, so that everyone can get involved.

The club will also be  providing refreshments to volunteers and giving the opportunity for visitors to watch on the club’s TVs the British & Irish Lions match in the morning and the Scotland match in the afternoon.

England Head Coach and a NatWest RugbyForce ambassador Stuart Lancaster, said: "Rugby clubs are at the heart of their local communities and we know that they need support to sustain themselves, not only for the next couple of seasons but also for the years to come. Many England players started their careers at these clubs and NatWest RugbyForce will help clubs to help themselves by giving them a long term vision and enabling them to think like a business to attract and retain members."

Staines RFC will be concentrating their efforts on refurbishing a lounge bar known as the 'Partner Bar' so named after a long serving member Aubrey Partner, who had joined the Club in 1931 and sadly died at the Club in October 1991. He was both President of the Club (1969-1972) and Middlesex County (1976-1979). Other tasks on the weekend will include painting, repairing and cleaning ready for the new season.

Graham Lee, Staines RFC’s Property Director, said: "without the kind of support that this and similar schemes are offering, many clubs would struggle to maintain the structure of their facilities. These NatWest RugbyForce working days also help to integrate the different sections of the club."

Founded in 1926, Staines RFC is a welcoming community club and is grateful for the help it has received from the RFU and Middlesex Rugby.

They reside at 'The Reeves' in Hanworth which covers an area of 14½ acres of freehold land. The area encompasses 5 pitches, two of which are floodlit. The present clubhouse was built in 1989 after the previous clubhouse was damaged in the 1987 storms.

Staines will be playing in London & South East Division One South in the coming league season, playing local sides Cobham, Chobham and Sutton & Epsom among others.

The geographical position of the club ensures touring sides arrive at The Reeves on a regular basis and the club have entertained teams from Argentina, Belgium, France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Romania, the United States and Russia. The playing facilities are also used by local schools, Middlesex County sides and various RFU teams.