Weybridge Vandals RFC, along with hundreds of other grassroots rugby clubs across the UK, were supported by thousands of volunteers from rugby clubs and the wider community over the NatWest RugbyForce Weekend, which aims to improve club facilities with the long term goal of helping to safeguard the future of grassroots clubs.
A joint initiative between NatWest and the RFU, NatWest RugbyForce saw 410 grassroots clubs sign up to take part in this year’s programme, with 175 clubs being awarded grants to make major renovations.
Varndell and Haskell got stuck in with the Vandals’ project giving the club a make-over, painting the club house, as well as clearing additional playing space needed for the club’s mini and junior sections.
As well as the cosmetic changes, part of the £4,000 grant has been invested in the changing facilities to create a segregated area so that female players and match officials are able to shower and change on site.
Stuart Lancaster, England Head Coach and supporter of NatWest RugbyForce commented: “You can’t underestimate the importance of planning and the introduction of workshops to the NatWest RugbyForce
programme. They are a great way of helping clubs get the most out of their Weekends and decide which improvements will have the greatest benefit in the long term”.