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Last weekend Longlevens Rugby took part in NatWest RugbyForce 2020 to carry out improvements and repairs to the club facilities to ensure they were ready for the start of rugby, now that clubs have been greenlit by the Department of Digital, Culture, media and Sport (DCMS) to play Ready4Rugby, an adapted non-contact game and O2 Touch.

This year, with NatWest RugbyForce Weekend postponed in June due to the pandemic, volunteers at Longlevens Rugby Club were called upon to pitch in and roll up their sleeves to help with upgrades at the club. Improvements included fitting new storage into the cellar, fixing the gym floor, and clearing up the car park and garage.

Extra planning was required to ensure the activity took place safely, following the Government Coronavirus guidelines at all times.

Chris Yorke, Chairman of Longlevens Rugby Club, said “this year’s Natwest Rugbyforce enjoyed record levels of volunteers. It was so pleasing to see our diverse membership pull together to help dramatically improve the club house presentation and infrastructure. A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers from our senior, junior and mixed ability rugby sides - all co-ordinated under the watchful eye of Director of Rugby Andy Deacon. I must say that the highlight of the day was seeing our young carpentry apprentices work together to fit a new cellar. We are working hard to spread the word that we are open to the general public, so the skilled work of Will Kemmett (Redwell Construction), Robin Hanman (EG Carter) and Freddie McGhee (Beard Evans Joinery Ltd) helps us to deliver a first class service.” 

In its twelfth year, NatWest RugbyForce is a nationwide programme developed with England Rugby which provides an opportunity for rugby clubs to open their doors to their local communities, team members and volunteers to help make valuable improvements to their clubs.

This year, NatWest have offered more help to support the rugby community than ever before, providing an opportunity for a record number of clubs to get involved in the programme, with grants ranging from £500 to £3000 awarded to clubs to help renovate facilities.

To stay up to date with NatWest’s rugby activity, follow @NatWestRugby on Twitter.

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