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NatWest extends its help to grassroots rugby.

THE Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) and NatWest have announced an enhanced partnership to support grassroots rugby.

NatWest RugbyForce was launched in 2009 to help rugby clubs to improve their facilities with the support of volunteers and the community, with a long-term goal of making clubs more financially viable small businesses.

The aim of the four-year partnership is to increase the number of clubs in Wales who benefit from the initiative through both the NatWest RugbyForce Weekends and new NatWest RugbyForce Ahead For Business Workshops.

Roger Lewis, WRU Group Executive, said: "We are delighted to continue and enhance our relationship with NatWest.

"NatWest believe in the same things - that rugby clubs are the glue that hold our communities together, and that without volunteers, we wouldn't have a vibrant club scene in Wales.

"The NatWest Rugby-Force Weekends not only help improve clubs around Wales, but now, in addition, the Ahead for Business workshops are bringing NatWest business expertise to clubs to help them improve their sustainability, which is key.

In coming months, with NatWest, we will be taking a roadshow around Wales to share some of that knowledge with volunteers, so that they can help reinvest it back into the game through clubs, villages and towns."

Mark Douglas, NatWest Regional Director for Wales, said: "Rugby is part of the fabric of Wales and grassroots clubs sit at the heart of many communities.

"As a former player and rugby dad myself, I spend a lot of time in rugby clubs and it's quite clear that most grassroots clubs are totally dependent on volunteers and fundraisers giving their spare time.

"This enhanced contract with the Welsh Rugby Union means that we can get more involved with our communities and customers and ultimately support the grassroots game in Wales through the NatWest Rugby-Force Weekends, and also the business seminars that help clubs to become more sustainable."
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Oct 17, 2013
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