Ulster Bank RugbyForce began last year, when Ulster Bank became the 'Official Community Rugby Partner' to the IRFU. The purpose of the initiative is to encourage rugby supporters to give something back to their local community and rugby club by volunteering to undertake renovations to club houses and grounds.
The four winning clubs aim to develop their underage structure, introduce outdoor exercise stations, refurbish changing rooms and improve showering facilities. Each has been awarded €5000 worth of goods and resources to use during their planned Ulster Bank RugbyForce weekend.
Attending the launch was Ireland and Munster Rugby legend, Alan Quinlan. Speaking about the project, Quinlan said, " Ulster Bank RugbyForce is a great initiative which aims to support the grassroots of Irish rugby. Rugby clubs across the country need the backing of their fans and their community. New generations are being brought up on provincial rugby but, it is so important to remember that you don't need to travel to Limerick, Dublin, Galway or Belfast to see a great game. Every weekend, exceptionally talented athletes line out for their clubs and showcase a great standard of rugby. I was delighted to see such large crowds supporting the Ulster Bank League deciders and that's the way every game of rugby should be. It is time for communities across the country to get behind their local rugby club, not just for Ulster Bank RugbyForce, but to show their ongoing support."
The winning clubs will receive:
• Goods and resources up to the value of €5000 to go towards the club's RugbyForce weekend
• Commemorative Ulster Bank RugbyForce Plaque
The support pack for the first 50 clubs includes:
• Goods and resources up to the value of €250 to go towards the club's RugbyForce weekend
• Commemorative Ulster Bank RugyForce Plaque
The following rugby clubs will receive support packages to the value of €250:
Ardee RFC, Armagh, Athy RFC, Aughrim RFC, Ballina RFC, Banbridge RFC, Belfast Harlequins RFC, Castleisland RFC, Carrigaline RFC, Charleville RFC, Clane RFC, Clonakilty RFC, Clontarf RFC, Corca Dhuibhne RFC, Cork Constitution FC, Crosshaven RFC, Dolphin RFC, Douglas RFC, Dunmanway RFC, Ennis RFC, Erris RFC, Galway Corinthians RFC, Greystones RFC, Highfield RFC, Kenmare RFC, Killorglin RFC, Larne, Letterkenney, Lisburn, Londonderry YMCA, Midleton RFC, Monkstown RFC, Nenagh Ormond RFC, Old Wesley RFC, Oughterard RFC, Portadown, Portarlington RFC, Randalstown, Rathdrum RFC, Richmond RFC, Seapoint RFC, Skerries RFC, Skibereen RFC, Sundays Well RFC, Suttonians RFC, Tir Chonaill, University College Cork RFC, Youghal RFC, Athboy RFC, Lurgan.