The WRU in partnership with NatWest launched NatWest RugbyForce 2014 in February at Tonna. This was the third year of a nationwide programme designed to provide an opportunity to welcome members, volunteers and local businesses from the community for a weekend of DIY to help make rugby clubs stronger businesses by renovating their facilities.
NatWest RugbyForce has gone from strength to strength, growing year on year with 95 clubs taking on the DIY challenge in 2014. The projects undertaken this year ranged from general tidying up, cleaning and decorating to pitch maintenance, laying patios, repairing potholes and putting up fences.
The revised grant structure allocated £500 grants to 30 of the 95 registered clubs with 5 of these 30 being shortlisted for the 'NatWest Win a Pitch Makeover competition'. With a view to engaging with the public, campaign videos were produced by each club and the overall winner of the 'NatWest Win a Pitch Makeover' competition was decided by a public vote on the WRU website.
Machen was the eventual winner of the public vote for their project 'A Community Safe Haven'. Utilising unused and unloved space behind the clubhouse, Machen landscaped the area, creating a safe access to the upper floor of the club and a child friendly area for its younger members. This gives them a space of their own which is safe and away from any potential hazards caused by the main road.