What is NatWest RugbyForce?
NatWest RugbyForce is a grassroots partnership between NatWest and England Rugby which aims to help clubs attract new members and become more sustainable businesses.
This year’s focus is on legacy and sustainability. Over 650 clubs used the 2015 programme to seize the opportunity of the Rugby World Cup to attract new people into their clubs. The aim of this year’s NatWest RugbyForce is to help clubs to maintain their on and off field facilities, continue to drive revenue and develop marketing activity to convert the casual visitors during the Rugby World Cup into players, volunteers and club members.
Keith Kent on the road
New for 2016, the RFU’s Head Groundsman, Keith Kent hit the road and visited 48 clubs across the country to teach them some essential pitch maintenance tips after they won a grant for their club.
NatWest RugbyForce Workshops
This year over 200 NatWest RugbyForce workshops were delivered across England where selected clubs had the opportunity to learn from experts around areas including improving facilities and recruiting volunteers.
Enter the Legends’ Lair…
For the first time ever, clubs that registered for NatWest RugbyForce by 13th May this year were automatically entered into a competition where they could win Will Greenwood or Lewis Moody to join their club as an honorary board member for an entire year.
This commitment from the England rugby icons will see them go beyond the usual level of involvement in the grassroots game and will see Greenwood and Moody become ingrained in the chosen clubs. From offering advice both on and off the pitch, to attending AGMs, club events and advising on how to maximise their facilities, the honorary board members will immerse themselves in their new clubs.
Watch this space to find out how Greenwood and Moody will help their two chosen clubs over the next twelve months…
How can you get involved?
It’s not too late to get involved in this year’s NatWest RugbyForce!
By signing up using the links below, your club can be a part of the annual NatWest RugbyForce weekend, taking place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016. The weekend is an opportunity for clubs to recruit their members, friends, family and local community as volunteers, swap their kits for their overalls and get stuck into a weekend of DIY to help improve their club’s facilities.
The fun doesn’t stop at the DIY either…many clubs will arrange BBQs and entertainment for those who volunteer across the weekend – a great opportunity to open up your doors and attract new members.
To help clubs promote NatWest RugbyForce weekend and their wider NatWest RugbyForce projects, this Toolkit has been produced with a range of resources, content and collateral available at the click of a button.
- Downloadable posters, leaflets and digital assets that can be customised with your club details and logos
- NatWest RugbyForce logos, images and videos for use across your club communications
- Digital copies of the workshop workbooks plus additional tips, advice and templates
to access the above. You’ll find the user guide in the Help and Resources section.
To register your club, simply click on the relevant link below, then complete and submit the form.
Not just for club members...
If you are not a member of a rugby club then NatWest RugbyForce 2016 is still for you. Use the club finder to locate your closest club, offer your support and get involved!