RugbyForce, a nationwide community volunteer programme, helps local rugby clubs to improve their facilities. Every year the Natwest RugbyForce Weekend encourages volunteers and users of their local rugby clubhouses to get together for some fun-filled DIY and make a positive difference to club facilities, ready for the season ahead. From grassroots to the RBS 6 Nations Championship, NatWest, part of the RBS Group, is proud to support rugby at every level. Last year, they helped over 400 local clubs across the UK to get a makeover.
At the heart of NatWest RugbyForce is the goal of making clubs a more sustainable business and securing their future in the long-term. That’s where Community RePaint come in! Clubhouses who need to repaint the club social area or changing facilities can approach their local Community RePaint scheme for paint. In this way the rugby clubhouses can save money by getting their paint at a fraction of full price, and help the environment by using paint that would otherwise have gone to waste.
Last weekend, community spirit shone through as March sports pavilion got a major revamp with the help of local businesses – including CCORRN, who host Community RePaint Cambridgeshire and donated paint for the revamp.
Elm Road field sports pavilion got a much needed makeover thanks to the efforts of volunteers from Fenland sports clubs and businesses.
For the Natwest Rugby Force weekend, March Bears members were joined by volunteers from March Rangers and March AC to carry out the work. The fixtures and fitting were removed and the internal walls repaired as the pavilion received a complete revamp inside and out. The surrounding area also got some attention, as bushes were manicured and cleared out.
A host of businesses contributed to the successful community event – CCORRN Community Repaint donated paint, Trade Link Window Solutions sponsored all the new windows and doors. Nathan Fuller, Garden Clearance, Hedge Cutting and Field Maintenance, cleared out bushes and Godden’s Carpets and Furnishings will be putting new flooring in the changing rooms.
March Bears president Barry Feetham said: “I would like to thank all the local companies who have sponsored this community project – Trade Link Window Solutions, CCORRN Community RePaint, Nathan Fuller, Garden Clearance, Hedge Cutting and Field Maintenance, and Godden’s Carpets and Furnishings.
“The sports pavilion had slowly deteriorated over a number of years and despite the efforts of a group of hard core volunteers to keep it looking tidy, the task of keeping the pavilion clean and tidy should now be a lot easier.
“Again many thanks to each and every one of the team of volunteers who gave up their weekend to make the transformation happen.”
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For more information and to register for the NatWest RugbyForce programme, please visit www.rfu.com/natwestrugbyforce
Read the original article in the Cambs Times here.