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NatWest RugbyForce 2015

The WRU & NatWest RugbyForce partnership

This year's NatWest RugbyForce Weekend will be held between 15th - 16th August 2015. 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 over one weekend ahead of the new season.
Thirty grassroots clubs have been selected to receive a £500 grant from NatWest to help towards their NatWest RugbyForce project which will take place this year on the weekend of August 15/16.

The winning applications all show a detailed plan of how the clubs will encourage volunteers to get involved in their NatWest RugbyForce weekend, and the projects all contribute to other business uses of the club to help the club become more sustainable.

There were 77 applications in total and even those not successful in gaining a £500 grant will receive promotional materials to help encourage the community to get involved in the NatWest RugbyForce weekend so that they can still progress with their planned projects or host a community event.

Below is the list of 30 clubs by region who received a NatWest RugbyForce 2015 grant:

Canton RFC
Cardiff Quins RFC
Old Penarthians RFC
Rhiwbina RFC
Treherbert RFC

Caerleon RFC
St Julian's HSOB RFC
Whitehead RFC

Alltwen RFC
Banwen RFC
Bryncethin RFC
Crynant RFC
Cwmavon RFC
Glynneath RFC
Kenfig Hill RFC
Maesteg RFC
Seven Sisters RFC
Skewen RFC
Tondu RFC
Tonna RFC

Ammanford RFC
Carmarthen Quins RFC
Haverfordwest RFC
Nantgaredig RFC
Penybanc RFC
Penygroes RFC

Bala RFC
Llanidloes RFC
Shotton Steel RFC

Bala RFC fended off strong competition from Maesteg, Whitehead, Nantgaredig and Canton to win the ultimate prize - the NatWest 'Win a Pitch Makeover'. As part of their prize they were awarded:
- A visit from ex Wales and Lions legend Scott Quinnell over their NatWest RugbyForce Weekend
- A brand new pitch kit
- A set of Under Armour training tops with their club crest
Get in touch with your local club to see if you can help out in their NatWest RugbyForce event on the 15th or 16th August.

'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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