Tweedsiders feel the force of latest initiative

Border's rugby star Chris Paterson pledges his support to the RugbyForce initiative.

Border's rugby star Chris Paterson pledges his support to the RugbyForce initiative.

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KELSO RFC has pledged their support to the RBS RugbyForce 2012 initiative which has been developed to encourage clubs across Scotland to open up their clubs to the local community, raise the profile of the game and launch the new domestic rugby season.

The Poynder Park outfit has planned a day of activity which will include DIY work on their facilities, rugby coaching and a visit from a member of the Scotland team.

138 clubs across Scotland have registered for the RBS RugbyForce 2012 weekend, which takes place on August 11 and 12, an increase from 58 clubs who registered in 2011.

Kelso RFC are working in partnership with RBS and Scottish Rugby to plan for their event in August.

The weekend will be an opportunity for clubs to attract new supporters and players and give them a chance to see what the club does for their local community, as well as providing volunteers and resources to improve their facilities. It will also drive growth, support and interest in the club game.

The initiative also has the backing of some of the biggest names in Scottish Rugby. Gala international, Scottish Rugby and RBS ambassador, Chris Paterson, said: “ Having been involved with RugbyForce before, I’ve seen for myself the difference that it can have, not only at clubs across the country, but with the communities around those clubs.

It’s about more than just training and playing, it’s about developing and sustaining the game, and perhaps more importantly, about just enjoying being part of it.

“It’s great to see RugbyForce going to so many of the clubs at the grassroots of the game. “RugbyForce can and does make a real difference to clubs in local communities and I’m delighted to be involved again.”

Dominic McKay, drector of commercial operations, communications and public affairs at Scottish Rugby, added: “Club rugby is the lifeblood of the Scottish game and the RBS RugbyForce 2012 initiative will play an integral role in helping Scottish Rugby raise the profile and emphasise the enjoyment and values of the game.

“This initiative supports and helps us work towards the goals of our new strategic plan, which we published in June.

“In that plan we have detailed means to continue to grow the club game and promote five key values of leadership, enjoyment, achievement, engagement and respect.

“We are looking forward to working with RBS and clubs this summer to engage with local communities and celebrate a nationwide drive to grow rugby at a club and grass roots level.”

To find out more about the RBS partnership with Scottish Rugby please visit: www.rbs.co.uk/scottishrugby; www.youtube.com/RBSScottishRugby; www.facebook.com/RBSScottishRugby; or www.twitter.com/RBS_Rugby_Lad