Created by RBS, RugbyForce is a community initiative that supports local rugby clubs in building for their future.
RugbyForce is run through our local brands - as Ulster Bank RugbyForce in Ireland, RBS RugbyForce in Scotland and NatWest RugbyForce in Wales and England - in conjunction with the local rugby unions.
Since the initiative was launched in 2009, we have helped over 1,500 clubs at the grassroots of the game by providing them with tools to help coordinate a community-wide effort to give facilities a 'make over', online guidance and financial support. The initiative now also combines a club education programme which provides advice and tips to assist them in becoming more financially viable small businesses.
NatWest RugbyForce - England
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.
2014 will again see England Coach Stuart Lancaster head-up the programme in England as the official NatWest RugbyForce figurehead. Stuart will be looking to raise the profile of the programme and encouraging clubs to sign-up to the NatWest RugbyForce Weekend, which will take place over 21st & 22nd June 2014.
RBS RugbyForce - Scotland
2013 saw a record number of Scottish clubs sign up to take part in their RBS RugbyForce weekend.
Some 149 clubs up and down the country were supported by RBS to throw open their doors and stage a community event in August with the aim of attracting new players, supporters, members, volunteers and sponsors.
RBS RugbyForce 2014 promises to be just as big, with registrations opening in February 2014
Ulster Bank RugbyForce - Ireland
Ulster Bank is the official community partner of the Irish Rugby Football Union, and it runs RugbyForce in Ireland. 163 clubs have benefited from this initiative since it was launched at the end of 2010.
Former Ireland and Munster player Alan Quinlan, and former Ulster player Byrn Cunningham are the Ulster Bank Rugby Ambassadors.
Ulster Bank is dedicated to the future of Irish rugby and is proud to sponsor the Ulster Bank League and the Ulster Bank Junior Cup.
NatWest RugbyForce - Wales
NatWest RugbyForce is designed to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the community.
The major change from previous years is that NatWest RugbyForce in Wales will take place in August prior to the 2014/15 season starting.
NatWest will once again be working closely with local clubs to help them become more sustainable, and gather support for the upcoming season.