RBS RugbyForce kicked-off its 2010 campaign this week at Keswick RFC in Cumbria. Keswick was chosen to receive special assistance through this launch event by the RBS RugbyForce panel in recognition of the club's fighting spirit, shown over the past five years after suffering from severe flooding in 2005 and 2009.
On Sunday 31ast January, RBS RugbyForce
brought together club players, members and volunteers from the local area to carry out work at the club. Improvements focused on clearance work following the recent floods, various painting jobs and generally giving the club a spring clean.
Local dignitaries attending the special event includes Keswick Town Mayor, Andrew Lysser, and Cumbria RFU Council representative, Roger Hackney. Several involved in the project commented on the programme and plans:
John Owen, President and Chief Executive of the RFU
said, “RBS has been a tremendous supporter of rugby for a long time and this is another example of how they really look to make a difference. It’s also especially pleasing that a club from my own county should be chosen to launch the project. Keswick have had more than their fair share of renovating down the years as a result of flooding and it is superb that they should be chosen to get a bit of extra help.”
David Etherden, Special Projects Manager, Keswick RUFC
added “We’ve seen how helpful the RBS programme was for many clubs last season and we are thrilled and extremely grateful that the panel and the RFU have acknowledged the tough times we have suffered in the past five years.”
Jason Leonard, former England international
and supporter of RBS RugbyForce
said: “I really enjoyed visiting Keswick RFC and meeting everyone involved in the club. I’ve seen what RugbyForce
can do for a club and I’m confident this will really give Keswick a fresh start.”
Bruce Cook, RBS Sponsorship Manager
, said: “Keswick RFC have shown their resolve and fighting spirit by responding to the damage of floods twice in the past five years. With that in mind, the RFU and the RBS RugbyForce
panel saw them as very deserving of this grant, and we couldn’t agree more. If the other participating RugbyForce
clubs show the spirit of Keswick, the results will be fantastic.”
Sky Sports News and BBC Sport both supported the event and subsequently broadcast national news stories on Keswick’s RugbyForce
day. To view the full BBC Sport news piece, click here
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