The Official Online RBS 6 Nations Store is open. The store has everything you need to get behind your team during the RBS 6 Nations, plus the store is now fully stocked with a much wider range of rugby merchandise.
The programme has seen a phenomenal increase in the number of club registrations year on year. 398 rugby clubs from across the country have already registered for the programme in 2011, each submitting a 500 word proposal for club project work planned for the official RBS RugbyForce Weekend on 11th and 12th June this summer.
The official panel of judges, who had the difficult job of assessing the registrations, was formed of RBS RugbyForce supporters Ieuan Evans, Jason Leonard and Andy Nicol as well as Rugby World editor Paul Morgan, BBC Sport Director Matt Griffiths and Head of RBS Brand and Marketing David Webb.
The RFU, SRU and WRU provided the jury with invaluable support in making an initial assessment of all the clubs that fell into their respective regions, providing crucial insight at a local level.
Jason Leonard commented on his judging experience: “I have previously been involved in the judging process and this year’s decisions were harder than ever and not taken lightly.
"The winning clubs really demonstrated the impact that the award would have not only within the club but within their community and that’s absolutely pivotal to RBS RugbyForce.
"Wortley RUFC is a fantastic example of a club who, with the kick-start this award brings, can leave a lasting legacy to their community and bring joy for years to come”.
David Webb, RBS Head of Group Brand and Marketing, said: “The level of consideration and planning that some clubs have already undertaken shone through in their registrations, making choosing the final winners a real challenge.
"Rugby is at the heart of the communities of the winning clubs and we are confident that the renovation work will not only benefit the clubs but the regions in which they are based.
"For the clubs it is now time to rally their communities we would urge everyone in these areas to get in touch with the clubs over the next month to see how you can join in and help on 11th and 12th June.”
Thanks to the support of the Rugby Football Foundation, four additional clubs in England will be receiving a secondary support package of £1,250 to assist with their renovation.
Secondary support packages will also be awarded to Glasgow East RFC, Highlands RFC and Stewartry RFC in Scotland plus Rhos Rugby Club, Glynoch RFC and Aberavon Harlequins in Wales.
Leroy Angel, Chairman, Rugby Football Foundation, said: “RBS RugbyForce is building on the work of the Rugby Football Foundation and therefore we are delighted to assist the programme and help the four clubs make the necessary improvements.”
It is not only the winning clubs that will be assisted with their aspirations of regenerating their facilities. RBS has supported the first 100 clubs to register with packs that include volunteer T-shirts and funding towards DIY equipment and BBQ sustenance for volunteers on the day.
RBS will also be providing tips and planning documents on budgeting, organising resources and raising local awareness for the RBS RugbyForce weekend projects.
Local branch staff members are also being enlisted to help strengthen the volunteer forces as part of RBS’s existing community volunteering programme.
To see if your local club is participating in the RBS RugbyForce weekend, visit www.rbs.co.uk/rugbyforce.