The RugbyForce initiative was launched by RBS Group in 2009 to help rugby clubs become stronger businesses by improving and renovating their facilities with the support of local volunteers.
The initiative provides financial support, online guidance and tools to help coordinate community effort during designated RugbyForce Weekends.
Vickery, who retired from playing rugby in 2010 and is now assistant forwards (scrum) coach with the Worcester Warriors, says that support for rugby at a local grassroots level is vital for the health of the sport. “The great thing about RugbyForce is that it’s not just about writing cheques. It’s about getting as many people as possible out to help.”
He points out that clubs tend to be multi-functional so many members of the community will benefit from improvements:Bude, where Vickery started his rugby career, is the focal point for the town, with its youngest visitors being more interested in Peppa Pig and In the night garden than the RBS 6 Nations.
Vickery will be doing his bit during RugbyForce Weekend. “I’m not afraid of getting my hands dirty,” he says.
RugbyForce includes a club education programme which provides advice and tips to assist those running clubs to make them more financially viable small businesses.
Even if you do not belong to a rugby club, RugbyForce could still be for you. Find out if your local club is taking part via rbs6nations.com/rugbyforce and offer your support for the RugbyForce Weekend. You don’t have to be a DIY expert, there are jobs for everyone.
Find out more about RugbyForce and sign up your team.