NatWest RugbyForce 2018

NatWest RugbyForce is back for 2018! 

England Rugby in partnership with NatWest has launched NatWest RugbyForce 2018, the ninth year of a nationwide programme that helps grassroots rugby clubs up and down the country to attract new members and become stronger and more sustainable for the future.

Seize the opportunity to earn your club a unique NEW support package that will benefit your members and the local community by registering today.

Register by 11th February 2018

It pays to sign up early for NatWest RugbyForce: 270 clubs registering before 11th February will have the opportunity to take part in a new and improved programme of NEW free workshops across the country, as well as being in with a chance of receiving financial support and a host of exciting prizes.

This year 6 Clubs will have the opportunity to receive a large grant and support package, consisting of either a:

a.      Pitch Maintenance Kick Start.

Enhance your summer pitch renovation plans for 2018 with the help of NatWest RugbyForce 2018. The winning club will receive support and advice from Twickenham Head Groundsman Keith Kent and other Rugby Groundsmen Connected Ambassadors, who will help the club, invest the £5,000 grant in the best way possible.

b.      Energy Smart.

Utility bills are rising year on year and NatWest RugbyForce 2018 gives clubs the chance to fight back. With help and advice from RFU Energy Club experts; a whole host of facility improvements, management plans and specialist gadgets can be used to help your club become more energy efficient and keep energy expenditure down.

c.       Transform Your Social Space.

High-quality, well-designed social spaces can help rugby clubs to increase footfall, generate revenue and become more sustainable. NatWest RugbyForce 2018 wants to support clubs achieving just that through the provision of bespoke interior design advice and grant funding to support the delivery of an impact refurbishment project.

d.      A place for all to play

Specifically targeted at the growth of women and girls rugby; NatWest RugbyForce 2018 wants to support projects that create a more appropriate and harmonious changing environment at rugby clubs. Design advice will be provided to support projects such as toilet and/or shower improvements, privacy screening or simple enhancements to the look and feel of the facilities.

e.      Health & Safety/Accident Prevention/Safe Place.

NatWest RugbyForce 2018 provides a perfect opportunity for improvements at rugby clubs designed to make them as safe as possible for club members and visitors alike. Health and safety is a key issue both on and off the pitch so whether it’s goalpost safety or internal clubhouse accident prevention use NatWest RugbyForce 2018 to make a difference.

f.       Young Person (U24) led project.

Try something different with your NatWest RugbyForce 2018 project this year by working with a younger volunteer group to bring in fresh ideas and a youth perspective. Whether you’re looking to transform your social space, develop your changing rooms or spruce up your club house, encouraging your Young Rugby Ambassadors to take the lead takes pressure of your usual volunteers and helps you identify future leaders for your club.

Professional support will be available to help design the programme of works for the club to deliver on the NatWest RugbyForce weekend and with a grant of £5,000.   

2017 was a huge success, with over 600 clubs across England taking part in the NatWest RugbyForce DIY weekend.  The NatWest RugbyForce 2018 weekend will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June and promises to be another great event that brings the rugby family and local communities together.

Clubs that register for NatWest RugbyForce 2018 can look forward to receiving a host of exciting rewards and benefits, from online toolkits, to marketing and communications advice and access to special offers – all to help clubs become successful businesses.

The rewards for registering by 11th February 2018 include:

- Support packages of £750 awarded to 270 clubs who are selected to attend one of the NEW NatWest RugbyForce workshops.

- A NEW workshop will concentrate on developing how to run a community open day to help raise community awareness and aid recruitment alongside videos and case studies of previous successful projects.

- £500 of the grant will be towards the DIY weekend with £250 towards running a community open day, designed to encourage local communities to join clubs and be part of the rugby family.

- 6 large grant support packages which include one of the following:

  • Pitch Maintenance Kick Start.
  • Energy Smart.
  • Transform Your Social Space.
  • A place for all to play.
  • Health & Safety/Accident Prevention/Safe Place.
  • Young Person (U24) led project.

- Support packages of £5,000 to help put the recommendations into practice over the weekend.

- The chance to win an England Rugby legend to join your NatWest RugbyForce weekend in June.

- The opportunity to access additional funding later on in the programme

Closing date to be considered for one of the NEW planning workshops, the financial support and large grant and support packages is 11th February 2018.

RFU Area Facility Managers, in partnership with Constituent Bodies Facility Coordinators supported by Rugby Delivery teams, will decide which clubs will be invited to the programme of workshops.

The National judging panel consisting of representatives from NatWest and Rugby Football Union (RFU) will decide which clubs will be awarded the 6 large grant and support packages.

More information about the selection process and judging criteria can be found in the FAQs

How to register your club for NatWest RugbyForce 2018

Registration for NatWest RugbyForce 2018 is now open and closes on 18th June 2018. To register your club, simply click on the link complete and submit the form.

NatWest RugbyForce 2018 is not just for club members…

If you are not a member of a rugby club then NatWest RugbyForce 2018 is still for you. Use to locate your closest club, offer your support and get involved!


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