NatWest RugbyForce is back for 2017

England Rugby in partnership with NatWest has launched NatWest RugbyForce 2017, the fifth 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 support package that will benefit your members and the local community by registering today.

Register by 5th February 2017 

It pays to sign up early for NatWest RugbyForce: 200 clubs registering before 5th February will have the opportunity to take part in a new and improved programme of 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 up to 70 clubs will have the opportunity to be invited onto a crowdfunding programme. This will build on the successful pilot undertaken during NatWest RugbyForce 2016. The Crowdfunding partner will support clubs to raise funds for their individual projects and will  receive a financial booster provided to the campaign by NatWest RugbyForce. 

A further 60 clubs will have the opportunity to receive a pitch maintenance package, consisting of a visit from Twickenham Head Groundsman, Keith Kent (or one of his team of pitch advisors) who will help design a programme of works for the club to deliver on the NatWest RugbyForce weekend with a grant of £2,000. 

The NatWest RugbyForce 2017 weekend will take place on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June and promises to be another great event that brings the rugby family and local communities together. 

Clubs that register for NatWest RugbyForce 2016 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 5th February 2017 include:

• Support packages of £500 awarded to 200 clubs who are selected to attend one of the NatWest RugbyForce workshops
• Invitation for up to 70 clubs to raise funds via a crowdfunding programme with NatWest RugbyForce contributing up to £750 as a booster towards the project and campaign
• 60 pitch maintenance packages to include a visit from the Twickenham Head Groundsman Keith Kent (or one of his team of pitch advisors) to help devise a pitch maintenance schedule for the weekend
• Support packages of £2,000 to help put Keith’s report 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 project planning workshops, the financial support and pitch maintenance packages is 5th February 2017.

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 / crowdfunding programme. 

RFU Area Facility Managers in partnership with Twickenham Head Groundsman, Keith Kent will decide which clubs will be awarded the pitch maintenance packages.

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

How to register your club for NatWest RugbyForce 2017

Registration for NatWest RugbyForce 2016 is now open and closes on  19th June 2017.  To register your club, simply click on the link, complete and submit the form. 

NatWest RugbyForce 2017 is not just for club members…

If you are not a member of a rugby club then NatWest RugbyForce 2017 is still for you. Use FindRugby.com to locate your closest club, offer your support and get involved! 

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First published www.englandrugby.com, January 2017