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 RugbyForce Weekend is almost here! The time has come: dig out your paint brush, roll up your sleeves, and support your local rugby club.
Created by RBS, RugbyForce is a community initiative which supports grassroots rugby across all four home nations. The RugbyForce Weekend sees clubs members and the wider community come together give their clubhouse and facilities a make-over ahead of the new season. Registration is still open and so far 788 clubs have committed to take part.
Don't miss out! Everyone is getting involved, including Jason Leonard, British and Irish Lions legend, and former owner of a construction company. Jason kindly shared his top three DIY tips with us to help you get the most out of the RugbyForce Weekend:
1. Get the kids involved - there are lots of jobs they can do like clearing the pitch including picking up rubbish and stones. This means that they get to be involved with the transformation of the club, but wouldn't make as much mess if, for example, you tasked them with painting
2. A lick of paint to the club house goes a long way and is not labour intensive, and it's amazing what it can do to cover up old nicotine stains
3. Do things in teams and create little competitions for the work that's going on, especially if you are involving youngsters. There are kids that come down for Sunday sessions - get them involved to make them feel invested in the club
We want to keep up to date with your projects, so remember to share images of your improvements on your nation's RugbyForce Facebook page or Twitter:
- England and Wales: www.facebook.com/natwestrugbyforce
- Scotland: www.facebook.com/rbsrugbyforce
- Ireland: @UlsterBankRugby
RugbyForce is run by RBS retail divisions - as Ulster Bank RugbyForce in Ireland, RBS RugbyForce in Scotland and NatWest RugbyForce in Wales and England - in conjunction with the relevant rugby union.
Since the initiative was launched in 2009, we have helped over 1,000 clubs at the grassroots of the game by providing them with financial support, online guidance and tools to help coordinate a community-wide effort to give facilities a 'make over'.
The initiative now also combines a club education programme which provides advice and tips to assist them in becoming more financial viable small businesses.
By supporting these clubs, which sit at the heart of so many communities across the UK and Ireland, we aim to make the communities which we live and work stronger. Help your club reach its potential this RugbyForce Weekend, and help get it ready for the new season.