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NatWest crown “Pride of the Nation” winners

10 June 2014

  • Ellesmere Port RUFC, Eastleigh RFC, Oakmeadians RFC & Burton RFC voted best supported grassroots rugby clubs in England
  • Eastleigh RFC wins overall “Pride of the Nation” title
2013 Pride of the Nation winners North Hykeham RUFC

Photo: RFU Archive

Ellesmere Port RUFC, Eastleigh RFC, Oakmeadians RFC and Burton RFC can be truly proud of themselves after being crowned the “Pride of” their region – a nationwide search undertaken by NatWest to find the best supported grassroots rugby clubs in England.

In return for their efforts over the past couple of weeks, each of the clubs will be rewarded with a visit from an England International during their NatWest RugbyForce Weekend, which takes place on June 21 and 22, 2014.

Over the past few weeks there have been more than 45,000 votes as the RFU and NatWest encouraged clubs up and down the country to demonstrate the strength of their local support by calling on all members, friends and the local community members to vote for them online and help reach the top of their regional leader board.

After drumming up the most support in each of their respective regions the four clubs progressed through to the final, where they battled it out to be crowned the overall “Pride of the Nation”.

Each of the four regional winners was asked to explain in just 200 words why their club deserved to win the ultimate title of “Pride of the Nation”. A panel of judges from NatWest, the RFU and an independent professional, chose Eastleigh RFC as the club they deemed most worthy of the title. As overall winners, in addition to the visit from an England player, Eastleigh RFC will be awarded with a brand new pitch kit for their club, courtesy of NatWest.

This is the second year of NatWest RugbyForce – a nationwide programme designed to provide an opportunity for grassroots rugby clubs to welcome members, volunteers and local businesses from the community for a weekend of DIY to help make their clubs stronger businesses by renovating their facilities.

Year one of the programme was a huge success, with over 400 clubs across England taking part in the DIY weekend. NatWest RugbyForce 2014 will take place on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 2014 and promises to be another great weekend.

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