Deeside RFC will be bolstered by some high-profile temporary signings on Saturday 9 August as current internationals Tim Visser and Grayson Hart roll up their sleeves to help the club’s Royal Bank RugbyForce event.
A record number of Scottish clubs will this weekend open their doors to the local community and stage a Royal Bank RugbyForce event to celebrate the start of the new season.
Some 150 clubs the length and breadth of the land have signed up to take part.
Deeside are one of ten sides selected to have Scotland players help out on the day in an effort to encourage even more people to come down and see what their local club has to offer. National team stars will also be lending a hand to events at: Clydebank, Forrester, Gala, Harris Academy FP, Kilmarnock, Livingston, Lochaber, McLaren and Stornoway.
Royal Bank RugbyForce allows clubs to benefit from financial, practical and promotional assistance to run a pre-season event where they mobilise both existing and potential members.
In previous years, the focus has been on amassing volunteers to help spruce up facilities, but more and more clubs are now using the weekend to encourage the local community to get involved in a lasting sense, whether as players, supporters, volunteers, social members or sponsors.
Events being put on by clubs this year include family barbecues, come and try touch rugby sessions, fêtes with stalls and stands, regional minis, tens and sevens tournaments and joint open days with other local sports clubs, in addition to the usual array of team DIY activities to get grounds spick and span in time for the big kick-off
Scotland all-time great and Royal Bank ambassador Chris Paterson says: “It’s fantastic to hear of so many clubs like Deeside really embracing the spirit of Royal Bank RugbyForce and coming up with a day of activities the whole community can enjoy.
“Clubs all over Scotland put in a huge amount of effort to offer something for everyone. Whether people want to play, support, volunteer or just enjoy the social side and camaraderie, Royal Bank RugbyForce is a great chance to show them what they’ll get out of being involved and how they can be part of the club going from strength to strength.”
All registered clubs receive £250 towards event funds, posters and a banner to get the word out plus event planning and communications support. By signing up, they will also be able to take advantage of Royal Bank Locker Room, a programme that gives access to complimentary kit and equipment.
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