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NatWest RugbyForce 2015

The WRU & NatWest RugbyForce partnership

Developed in partnership with the WRU, NatWest RugbyForce is a community initiative designed to make rugby clubs stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers and the local community. In 2015, the project reached over 1000 clubs across the UK and over 30,000 volunteers attended NatWest RugbyForce events up and down the country with a record numbers involved.

In 2015, North Wales club Bala RFC was one of 30 grassroots clubs to win a £500 grant which was used to make marked improvements on their club facilities. As well as the grant money awarded, the club enjoyed a bumper day of festivities which included a visit from former Wales captain Scott Quinnell, pitch kit and a set of Under Armour training tops with their club logo. Read more about their story here:

In 2016 NatWest RugbyForce will continue to work closely with local clubs to help them become more sustainable businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of volunteers through to the weekend of NatWest RugbyForce, August 13th -14th 2016.

Registrations for the 2016 edition will open in the next few weeks and applicants will have to propose a brief plan of how the clubs will encourage the community to get involved in their NatWest RugbyForce weekend.

Details on the support and grants available will be released ahead of registrations opening.

'Sustaining your club' Workshop

Level 1

With the grants system proving to be a great success, the WRU and NatWest worked together to create a bespoke workshop called the 'Sustaining your club' workshop. This workshop had a business feel to it based on the understanding that rugby clubs are businesses as well as being providers of sport. Clubs were also encouraged to engage in the workshop rather than being a 'lecture' for two hours.
In its first year 92 clubs attended via 18 workshops held across Wales in a variety of rugby clubs.
Volunteers can register for his year's Level 1 Workshops here
Please click here for FAQs about the Level 1 Workshops

Level 2

Building on the feedback received from last season, clubs are keen to attend workshops around more specific matters such as financial management, club management and social media. We have launched a second level of Business Workshops that begins to cover some of these issues and builds on what clubs have learnt in Level 1.
Volunteers can register for his year's Level 2 Workshops here
Please click here for FAQs about the Level 2 Workshops
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