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NatWest project can transform Castleford RUFC

11 June 2013

  • Membership urged to make most of opportunity
  • NatWest project can revitalise Whitwood club

CASTLEFORD RUFC is urging friends, members and sporting folk from the local community to get behind a scheme which they hope can galvanise the entire club and become a catalyst for continuing development at Willowbridge Lane.

The Whitwood club have been one of only 35 clubs in the country to have secured £4,000 in funding from the NatWest Rugby Force scheme. Clubs were invited to draw up plans to regenerate their facilities, the best designed and constructive schemes attracting an additional £3,500 in grant aid to supplement the initial £500 awarded to a group of clubs who submitted projects and attended workshops to plan their weekend schedules.

"The award is great news, but to strive to get even better we need to keep looking to improve and to make the most of this timely windfall" said Honorary Secretary Steve Ball.

"The NatWest RugbyForce initiative is part of that improvement drive and it is vital that we get as much support as we can muster from inside and outside the club to ensure that we maximise a wonderful opportunity to move forward.

"Our plans are ambitious, but they are happening and we need the word to get out now and for people to respond by confirming that they will come and help. There is no need to commit to two full days of involvement – whatever time people can spare is invaluable when there are so many different jobs to do.” 

Many of the tasks on the schedule of works for the Castleford RUFC Members Weekend are simple and straightforward, but when they have been done, the club will be transformed. Erecting new signage at the front of the clubhouse, levelling and providing a smoother area for parking outside the clubhouse entrance to cater for disabled parking are elements that will be obvious.

The gym is scheduled for a repaint both inside and out, while new shelving and storage in the cellar, painting the pitchside fencing and rugby posts are all in the list of jobs to be tackled.

Erecting hanging baskets at the entrance, clearing rubbish and tidying up the grass verges around the main car park and the fields will complete the cosmetic refreshment works and give the who club a positive new look.

"We're not only looking for volunteers to help do the jobs, but also to help us to source the necessary plant and materials for the entrance work and the construction of the ramp, paint, scalpings, shelving, hanging baskets and brackets, tower scaffold and new notice boards for the toilets and changing rooms.” said an enthusiastic Steve Ball, who is anxious that his enthusiasm for the project becomes infectious.

"I am told by a friend at the first RugbyForce winning club, Keighley RUFC, that the weekend transformed their club, not simply in what they achieved with shovels and paint brushes, but in the huge legacy of goodwill and team spirit that a successful project bequeathed to their club.

"I'd like to think that the members and friends of Castleford RUFC will respond to the challenge and that when we gather for a drink and a barbeque on Sunday afternoon, we will be doing so as people who have every reason to be proud of our club and what we have achieved.

"This whole project is meant to galvanise the club membership and not just the General and Junior Committee members - all members, players, their families and all our volunteers. We want this to be the start of a drive for new people with new skills to come and help us take the club forward.”

For further information please contact Steve Ball on or 07707927090 or Richard Pell on or 07946000989.