One hundred grassroots rugby clubs will be proudly on display at Twickenham as England take on Wales. Rugby clubs across the country will have their name prominently displayed on a step at the packed stadium after registering for RBS RugbyForce. Created by RBS Group, RBS RugbyForce is a community volunteer programme that helps local rugby clubs to improve their facilities.
In partnership with the RFU and Rugby Football Foundation,RBS RugbyForce provides guidance and tools to make their club a more sustainable business and safeguard their future. The programme culminates in the RBS RugbyForce weekend on June 2-3, when friends, family, club members and the local community are encouraged to come together to give the club a makeover in advance of the new season.
Rugby clubs across the country can still have their name added to a step for England’s final RBS 6 Nations match against Ireland by registering for the RBS RugbyForceprogramme before Friday 9th March. To register clubs must visit www.rbs.com/rugbyforce,any entries received after the Friday 23rd March will not be eligible for the support package.The RBS RugbyForce Weekend takes place over 2-3 June 2012.
Jason Leonard, former England prop and World Cup winner, is a supporter of the RBS RugbyForce programme and said: “It will be fantastic to see the names of hundreds of clubs on the steps during England’s RBS 6 Nations home games. I know from my career how important the rugby club is within the local community and how much support clubs need to keep themselves afloat. RBS RugbyForce is so important because it helps clubs help themselves and maximise their potential as a hub of the local community. Watching a community come together on the RBS RugbyForce weekend and demonstrate such pride for their club by mucking in and helping with a host of improvements is so encouraging.”
Full information on the programme can be found at www.rbs.com/rugbyforceor share your club’s stories and experiences at www.facebook.com/rbsrugbyforce.
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Notes to Editors:
RBS, rugby and the community
The RBS 6 Nations Championship is unique in its benefit to the rugby community. In addition to making the 15-game event possible from an operational and promotional standpoint, the RBS Group is proud to support rugby at every level, from grassroots to the RBS 6 Nations Championship. Over the nine seasons of Six Nations sponsorship to date, RBS is proud to have directly initiated a number of programmes and activities which directly benefit the community through both promotion and development of the sport. 2012 will see RBS continue to support grassroots clubs through RBS RugbyForce, a community volunteer programme that helps to improve club facilities, safeguarding their long term future.
RBS RugbyForce 2012
The first 25 Englishclubs to register will receive:
a) Support packages to the value of £250
b) T-shirts for up to 50 volunteers
c) Promotional Posters, an event banner, and a commemorative RBS RugbyForce Plaque
One lucky club from England will win an enhanced support package worth £5,000. Four clubs will also be selected for a secondary package of £1,250.00, which is funded by the Rugby Football Foundation. The selection for the packages will be made by an independent judging panel. Registrations must be submitted online at www.rbs.com/rugbyforce. One registration per club. Any entries received after the closing date of Friday 23 March 2012 (17:00) will not be legible for the support package but can still participate in RBS RugbyForce Weekend on 2nd / 3rd June, 2012.
Winning clubs will be informed by email within 11 days of the closing date. Information about the winners will be available by visiting www.rbs.com/rugbyforce
Rugby Clubs on display at England v Wales
The following rugby clubs will be on display at Twickenham for the England v Wales game courtesy of RBS RugbyForce:
Abingdon RFC , Amber Valley RUFC , Aston Old Edwardians RFC, Atherstone RFC , Avonmouth Old Boys RFC, Bingham RFC, Belgrave RFC, Berry Hill RFC, Blackpool RUFC, Bodmin RFC, Brackley RUFC, Broad Plain RFC, Brockworth RFC , Camberley RFC, Castleford RUFC, Chinnor RFC, Chipstead RFC, Colchester RFC, Deepings RUFC, Edenbridge RFC, Evesham RFC , Falmouth RFC, Gosford All Blacks RFC, Grimsby RUFC, Guildford RFC, Hadleigh RFC, Halifax RUFC, Haringey Rhinos RFC, Ilkley RFC, KCS Old Boys RFC, Kenilworth RFC, Kesteven RUFC, Knutsford RFC, Leicester Forest RFC, Leamington RUFC, London Nigerian RFC , Medway RFC, Meden Vale RFC , Mitcham RFC, Northern FC, Northolt RFC, Novocastrians RFC, Nuneaton RFC Ltd, Penrith RFC, Old Alleynians RFC, Old Brodleians RUFC, Old Reigatian RFC, Old Newtonians RFC , Redcar RUFC, Ripley Rhinos RFC, Slough RFC , Spalding RFC, Southampton RFC, Sunderland RFC, Stoke on Trent RUFC Ltd, Uxbridge RFC , Vale of Lune RUFC, Walsall RFC, Wellingborough RFC, Weymouth RFC, Wharfedale RUFC, Whitehall RFC, Wilmslow RUFC, Winnington Park RFC, Wirral RUFC, Woodbridge RFC, Yarnbury RFC.