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NatWest RugbyForce 2015

The WRU & NatWest RugbyForce partnership

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.


NatWest RugbyForce Grants

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.

'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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