Rugby star heading for Bladnoch Park

09/07/13 - 13070903 - M&C SAATCHI UK LTD'EDINBURGH'Scotland rugby legend Chris Paterson stops by Forrester Rugby Club in Edinburgh to launch this year's RBS RugbyForce Initiative.
09/07/13 - 13070903 - M&C SAATCHI UK LTD'EDINBURGH'Scotland rugby legend Chris Paterson stops by Forrester Rugby Club in Edinburgh to launch this year's RBS RugbyForce Initiative.

Newton Stewart Rugby Club’s Bladnoch Park home is set to be turned into a mini-Murrayfield on Saturday, August 10 when a Scotland international will roll up his sleeves to help the club during RBS RugbyForce weekend.

Newton Stewart are one of ten sides selected to have a Scotland player help out on the day in an effort to encourage even more of the local population to come down and see what their local club has to offer.

A record number of Scottish clubs will open their doors to the local community and stage an RBS RugbyForce event to celebrate the start of the new season. Some 149 clubs the length and breadth of the land have signed up to take part in RBS RugbyForce. Driven by Scottish Rugby’s principal partner RBS, this initiative allows clubs to benefit from financial, practical and promotional assistance to run a pre-season event where they mobilise both existing and potential members.

In previous years, the focus has been on amassing volunteers to help spruce up facilities, but more and more clubs are now using the weekend to encourage the local community to get involved in a more lasting sense, whether as players, supporters, volunteers, members or sponsors.

Events being put on by clubs this year include family barbecues, come and try touch rugby sessions, fêtes with stalls and stands, regional minis and sevens tournaments incorporating activities for siblings and parents, joint open days with other local sports clubs, plus the usual array of team DIY activities to get grounds spick and span in time for the resumption of the RBS domestic leagues.

Scotland all-time great and RBS Ambassador Chris Paterson says: “It’s fantastic to hear of so many clubs like Newton Stewart really embracing the spirit of RBS RugbyForce and coming up with a day of activities the whole community can enjoy.”