Calling all rugby clubs

CALLING all local rugby clubs, Ulster Bank RugbyForce, an initiative which provides rugby clubs with the opportunity to win support packages to renovate their club and upgrade their facilities, has been launched for the 2013 season.

New for this year, in addition to the four provincial winners, there will be one winner selected by public vote and all five clubs will receive a £5,000/€5,000 prize plus a special training session from an IRFU coach and two Irish Rugby stars. Donaghadee RFC were the Ulster provincial winners in 2012 and Ballymoney RFC were the 2011 Ulster provincial winners.

The closing date for entries is Friday April 12 2013. Those clubs who are shortlisted but not selected by the judges as winners will take part in a public vote between April 22 and April 26 when club members and their local community supporters can vote for the club of their choice.

Now in its third year, Ulster Bank continues to actively support grassroots rugby through their partnership with the IRFU as the ‘Official Community Partner’.

Last year Ulster Bank RugbyForce received entries from almost 100 clubs across the island of Ireland with 54 clubs receiving funding and hundreds of volunteers from the clubs and communities taking part in the designated Ulster Bank RugbyForce Day.

Ulster Bank RugbyForce encourages rugby supporters, their friends and families to give something back to their local community and rugby club by volunteering to undertake renovations to clubhouses and grounds. The first 50 clubs to register will £250/€250 towards their RugbyForce event. Clubs must register for Ulster Bank RugbyForce online by Friday April 12 2013.

Rugby clubs can enter RugbyForce on Ulster Bank’s dedicated rugby website – - where extensive analysis and information on previous RugbyForce winners can also be found.