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Your News RBS Rugbyforce to assist Keswick RFC

RBS RugbyForce, the nationwide initiative for renovating UK rugby clubs, will kick-off its 2010 campaign this Sunday (January 31) at Keswick RUFC in Cumbria.

The programme provides guidance, assistance and inspiration to help local rugby clubs utilise volunteer support to improve their facilities during one weekend in June.

Keswick was chosen to receive special assistance through this launch event by the RBS RugbyForce panel in recognition of the club's fighting spirit, shown over the past five years after suffering from severe flooding in 2005 and 2009.

The RBS RugbyForce panel and the RFU further identified Keswick RUFC as a club that showed strong willingness to overcome adversity.

On Sunday, RBS RugbyForce will bring together club players, members and volunteers from the local area to carry out work at the club. Improvements will mainly focus on clearance work following the recent floods, various painting jobs and generally giving the club a spring clean.

Local dignitaries attending the special event include Keswick Town Mayor Andrew Lysser, local MP Tony Cunningham and Cumbria RFU representative Roger Hackney. Several involved in the project commented on the programme and plans:

John Owen, President of the RFU said: "RBS has been a tremendous supporter of rugby for a long time and this is another example of how they really look to make a difference. It's also especially pleasing that a club from my own county should be chosen to launch the project. Keswick have had more than their fair share of renovating down the years as a result of flooding and it is superb that they should be chosen to get a bit of extra help."

David Etherden, Special Projects Manager, Keswick RUFC added: "We've seen how helpful the RBS programme was for many clubs last season and we are thrilled and extremely grateful that the panel and the RFU have acknowledged the tough times we have suffered in the past five years."

Jason Leonard, RBS RugbyForce ambassador: "I am very much looking forward to visiting Keswick RUFC and meeting everyone involved in the club. I've seen what RugbyForce can do for a club and I'm confident this will really give Keswick a fresh start."

Bruce Cook, RBS Sponsorship Manager, said: "Keswick RUFC have shown their resolve and fighting spirit by responding to the damage of floods twice in the past five years. With that in mind, the RFU and the RBS RugbyForce panel saw them as very deserving of this grant, and we couldn't agree more. If the other participating RugbyForce clubs show the spirit of Keswick, the results will be fantastic."

Rugby clubs across the country can currently register to be part of the programme at with prizes and resources on offer to the first 100 entrants. Registration is open until Friday 26th March, following the final weekend of the RBS 6 Nations Tournament. Clubs must explain in 500 words why their club needs improvement, demonstrating in particular how the club contributes to the local community.

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