A TEAM of local volunteers, club members and Ulster Bank employees took over Thomond RFC last weekend as part of Ulster Bank RugbyForce – an initiative set up to encourage local communities to help improve their rugby club facilities.
Thomond RFC was recently announced as winner of the ultimate rugby club support package worth €5,000. Four lucky clubs throughout the country (one per province), including Thomond RFC, were selected to receive the enhanced support package.
At the forefront of their partnership, the IRFU and Ulster Bank were determined to support and develop community rugby clubs in Ireland. The Ulster Bank RugbyForce initiative was designed to help unite club members and encourage local volunteers to improve their club and community rugby facilities.
Teresa Hickey, Thomond RFC Secretary said: “Winning the Ulster Bank RugbyForce support package has been a great boost for the club. Over the past number of years, we have struggled to raise funds to maintain the club’s facilities. With the Ulster Bank RugbyForce support package, along with the assistance of some kind volunteers, we can improve the club and turn it into something we can all be proud of.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ulster Bank and our team of volunteers for their generous and much needed support.”
Earlier this year, Ulster Bank announced a new partnership with the Irish Rugby Football Union. Ulster Bank became the Official Community Partner to the IRFU, alongside their existing sponsorship of the RBS 6 Nations. Through this new partnership, Ulster Bank became title sponsor of the All Ireland League and the Irish Club International Team– a team of non-professional club players representing Ireland, competing against similar amateur selections.
Speaking at Thomond RFC, Declan Daly, Director South West, Ulster Bank said: “Ulster Bank RugbyForce has proven to be a fantastic and successful initiative. It was extremely important to us in Ulster Bank to give something back to the community as part of our new partnership with the IRFU. We are delighted to present Thomond RFC with the Ulster Bank RugbyForce enhanced support package and we wish the club every success for the future.”
Caleb Powell, IRFU President, said the initiative had been a great success and extremely beneficial to rugby clubs across the county.”