Royal Bank RugbyForce

Clubs set to shout louder and prouder in 2019 with Royal Bank RugbyForce

Make it easier for your club to play a big part of your local community by applying for Royal Bank RugbyForce.

Boroughmuir Rugby and Cambuslang Rugby Club named as Royal Bank RugbyForce 2019 Hero Clubs

Both clubs were selected by the judging panel as they showed well-thought out plans for their Royal Bank RugbyForce events that will benefit their community and grow a local passion for the game.

They will be rewarded with an increased level of logistical and PR support for their Royal Bank RugbyForce event, a visit from a Scotland Rugby player as well as a grant for £1,000 and enhanced event merchandise kit.

What is Royal Bank RugbyForce?

Royal Bank RugbyForce is a grassroots initiative run by Royal Bank of Scotland in association with Scottish Rugby. The programme is designed to help clubs up and down the country to attract and retain members, develop their facilities and make their club more sustainable for the future.

There was once again a great number of clubs sending in submissions for 2019, with over 140 clubs making an application. Of this number, eighteen clubs (including the two Hero Clubs) will receive a grant of £1,000 with a further 95 clubs receiving £250.

Scotland rugby players from across the various national squads will visit the top ten clubs to lend a hand for their event and help bring in more support from club members and volunteers from the local community.

All qualifying clubs will receive support packs to hold their own Royal Bank RugbyForce weekend on 10th and 11th of August.

For a full list of which clubs applied and who has been awarded what, please see below.

  • 2019 Royal Bank RugbyForce Winners

    Clubs rewarded with £1,000 and a Scotland player appearance are:

    Brechin RFCHowe of Fife RFCHuntly RFCLeith Rugby
    Loch Lomond RFCPaisley Rugby ClubRoyal High RFCStornoway Rugby Club

    Clubs rewarded with £1,000 are:

    Carnoustie HSFP RFCDuns Rugby ClubKirkcaldy RFCMusselburgh RFC
    Newton Stewart RFCPerthshire RugbyPreston Lodge RFCSelkirk RFC

    Clubs rewarded with £250 are:

    Aberdeen Wanderers

    Abertay University RFC

    Alan Glen's RFC

    Annan Rugby Club

    Arbroath Rhinos

    Ardrossan Academicals

    Ayr Rugby Football Club

    Bannockburn Rugby Club

    Banff RFC

    Berwick Rugby Club

    Biggar Rugby Club

    Birkmyre Rugby Club

    Bishopton RFC

    Blairgowrie RFC

    Bo'ness Rugby Club

    Broughton FP RFC

    Caithness RFC

    Cartha Queens Park RFC

    Caledonian Thebans

    Corstophine Cougars

    Cowal Rugby Club

    Crieff and Strathearn RFC

    Cumbernauld RFC

    Cumnock Rugby

    Currie Chieftains

    Dalkeith RFC

    Dalziel Rugby Club

    Deeside RFC

    Dunbar RFC

    Dundee High Rugby

    Dundee Uni Medics RFC

    Dunfermline RFC

    East Kilbride Rugby

    Edinburgh Uni Ladies

    Ellon Rugby

    Fraserburgh Rugby Club

    Gala Rugby

    Garnock Rugby Club

    Garioch Rugby Club

    GHA Rugby


    Glasgow Uni Women

    Glenrothes RFC

    Grangemouth Stags

    Greenock Wanderers

    Haddington RFC

    Hawick Harlequins RFC

    Hawick Linden RFC

    Hawick Youth Rugby

    Helensburgh Rugby Club

    Highland Rugby Club

    Hillfoots RFC

    Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC

    Inverness Craig Dunain

    Jed-Thistle RFC

    Jed-Forest RFC

    Jed-Forest Mini Rugby

    Kelso RFC

    Kinross Rugby Club

    Langholm RFC

    Lasswade RFC

    Lenzie Rugby Club

    Liberton FP RFC

    Lismore RFC

    Livingston RFC

    Lochaber RFC

    Mackie Academy FP

    Mid Argyll RFC

    Montrose Rugby

    Moray RFC

    Murrayfield Wanderers

    North Berwick RFC

    Oban Lorne RFC

    Panmure RFC

    Penicuik Rugby Club

    Perterhead Rugby Club



    Ross High RFC

    Ross-Sutherland RFC

    RDVC RFC Ladies

    Selkirk Youth Rugby

    Shetland RFC

    Stewartry RFC

    Stirling County RFC

    Stirling Uni Men

    Stirling Uni Women

    Strathaven RFC

    St Andrews Uni Women

    Walkerburn RFC

    Watsonians FC

    Waysiders Drumpelier RFC

    West of Scotland FC

    Whitecraigs Rugby Club

    Wigtownshire RFC

    Clubs rewarded with Event Merchandise are:

    Carrick Rugby ClubClydesdale RFCDumfries Saints RFCEdinburgh Northern
    Forrester Rugby ClubGala YM RFCGlasgow EastHawick RFC
    Heriot's Rugby Club Hyndland Rugby ClubInverleith RFCIsle of Mull Rugby Club
    Kilmarnock RFCKintrye/Cambelltown Rugby ClubLinlithgow Rugby
    Marr Rugby
    Melrose Rugby Moffat RFCNapier Women's RugbyOrkney Rugby Football
    Peebles RFCPortobello FP RFCStewart Melville RFCStrathendrick RFC
    Strathmore RFCUddingston RFC

  • Prize levels

    For 2019, Royal Bank RugbyForce ‘Loudest and Proudest’ campaign is offering two clubs a package to help them create a totally unique RugbyForce day - making it easy for your club to start the season and celebrate a very special rugby year. This package will include attendance by a rugby celebrity to act as a pundit, event support services including PR and additional event staff. Royal Bank will bring event branding and other surprises to make it a day to remember.

    A further eight lucky clubs across the nation will receive £1000 in support, event support, event kit and personal appearances from Scottish rugby personalities. Royal Bank RugbyForce personalities will be on hand during the weekend in August to roll up their sleeves and get involved with anything your club needs - though clubs should bear in mind that the Men’s National Team will be busy preparing for the Summer tests and beyond!

    A further eight clubs will secure £1000 of support, with all other clubs being in with the chance of being awarded £250. All qualifying clubs will receive support packs to hold your own Royal Bank RugbyForce weekend on the 10th and 11th of August.

    2 x Hero Club (£1000 and Loud and Proud package with full event support)

    8 x Star Clubs (£1000 plus personal appearance and event kit)

    8 x Champion Clubs (£1000 plus event kit)

    96 x Legend Clubs (£250 plus support kit)

    Supporter Clubs (Digital Support Kit)

  • Timeline
    • Early bird application deadline: 26 February 2019
    • Application deadline: 24 May 2019
    • Judging with Scottish Rugby during June 2019
    • Announcement of winners by end of June 2019
    • Royal Bank RugbyForce weekend 10 and 11 of August
  • Top tips

    The grant application process can be completed using this handy online form which will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Some top tips to consider when completing you’re application:

    • Be timely - Don’t get the submission in just in time, as you’ll probably be rushing it and not really considering what you could do as a club to meet the judging criteria. Why not be an early bird and start straight away. A well thought out, thorough entry will clearly be memorable and set the bar.
    • Be creative - Make your submission stand out by thinking outside the box, what could you do differently this year? This will put your club in a much better chance to make the shortlist.
    • Be relevant - There are some major hints in the introduction about what is being looked for this year. There are new assesment criteria for 2018 compared with previously. Answer all the questions, it sounds obvious, but don’t repeat your answers from other questions.
    • Be clear - What exactly are you going to do on the weekend? How will Royal Bank RugbyForce support be part of that?
    • Be inclusive - Think about ways you can make it easier to attract the wider community to your club on Royal Bank RugbyForce weekend

    For the latest news and build up to Royal Bank RugbyForce Weekends follow Royal Bank Scottish Rugby on Facebook and @RoyalBankRugby Twitter and share with us your Royal Bank RugbyForce stories #RoyalBankRugbyForce

Royal Bank RugbyForce Digital Toolkit

Tips and tools to help every club

The toolkits below, created by Royal Bank of Scotland, provide your club with a range of resources to help make your club more sustainable and Royal Bank’s tips on how to run a successful Royal Bank RugbyForce event.

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