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Inverness Craig Dunain named RugbyForce star club as Highland also receive funding

By Andrew Henderson

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Inverness Craig Dunain RFC has been awarded £1000 and a chance to meet rugby’s biggest stars virtually, after gaining star club status in this year’s Royal Bank RugbyForce initiative.

Craig Dunain will use the prize money to make improvements to their facilities and implement required safety protocols in light of Covid-19, helping players and fans return safely when allowed.

To relieve financial pressure on community clubs, funding has been released ahead of schedule this year, with Highland also picking up £250 from the fund.

Royal Bank RugbyForce is a nationwide rugby programme launched in 2009 to support amateur clubs across Scotland by providing funding to improve facilities and attract new members.

The funding typically complements the annual RugbyForce Weekend in August, were local clubs host events to showcase the positive impact they’ve had on their community.

This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Scottish Rugby and Royal Bank of Scotland organised exclusive virtual experiences for clubs who were successful in their applications.

Star clubs had the chance to take part in a virtual quiz hosted by rugby legend Jim Hamilton, allowing them to go head-to-head against Adam Hastings, Fraser Brown and George Horne to see who knows their Scottish rugby history the best.

To help clubs through this period, Royal Bank has also developed a financial toolkit for grassroots clubs.

This includes information on how they can remain financially sustainable during challenging times, what support is out there and helping them to safeguard their clubs for the future.

The bank is also providing ‘Return to Rugby’ kits including social distancing solutions, directional signage and sanitation essentials as well as new bibs, balls and cones.

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