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England’s Dave Attwood, Joe Marler and Christian Wade visited Bracknell RFC last night (November 4) to launch NatWest RugbyForce 2014.
The players hosted a fundraising quiz night to kick-start this year’s programme developed in partnership with the RFU, designed to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community.
Encouraging clubs to sign up for NatWest RugbyForce 2014, Attwood said: “Every member of the England squad started out at a local rugby club – it’s where your passion and love for the game is built. Events like last night are a great way of recognising how important grassroots rugby clubs are to local communities and schemes like NatWest RugbForce will help to make sure clubs like Bracknell RFC are around for many years to come.”
Last year’s NatWest RugbyForce programme was a huge success, with over 400 clubs and 8,000 volunteers across England taking part in the DIY weekend in June. This year NatWest RugbyForce will take place on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 2014 and promises to be another great couple of days.
“NatWest RugbyForce is a fantastic opportunity for communities to get together and support their local rugby club,” commented Martyn Wilson, Senior Sponsorship Manager at NatWest.
“Last year’s campaign was very successful and we’re really looking forward to building on this as we continue to show our commitment to supporting grassroots rugby clubs in the UK.”
Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU, added: “Hosting the Rugby World Cup in 2015 offers an exciting opportunity to grow the game across England and inspire thousands to take up rugby. The preparation, to ensure we are ready for the increased demand, is well underway. NatWest RugbyForce is about creating the right facilities with the right environment to both welcome new players and enhance the experience of current club members.”
Clubs who register for NatWest RugbyForce can look forward to the chance of receiving a host of exciting rewards and benefits. These range from online toolkits on how to make the most of your RugbyForce event to the chance to attend one of a number of 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 clubs stronger and more viable in the long term.
As well as guidance and support, the NatWest RugbyForce programme will also provide grant funding to rugby clubs. Clubs will be selected to receive one of the 175 grants of £500 available to those that register for NatWest RugbyForce before January 17, 2014 and attend one of the workshops.
Following the workshops, clubs will be asked to submit a more detailed project plan for their weekend to be in with a chance of winning an additional grant towards their NatWest RugbyForce weekend. One club from each of the 35 workshops will receive an additional £2,000, with each workshop also having a runner up who will receive an additional £1,000.
To register your club for NatWest RugbyForce 2014 go to: www.rfu.com/natwestrugbyforce
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 at www.rfu.com/takingpart 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.