Scot­land rugby le­gends Kel­lock and Blair join The Rugby Force

The Oban Times - - Sport -

SCOT­LAND’S Al Kel­lock and Mike Blair have joined Wales’ Tom Shanklin and Stephen Jones, and Eng­land’s Lewis Moody, Martin Corry, Neil Back and Mag­gie Alphonsi to form The Rugby Force – a team of rugby le­gends of­fer­ing grass­roots clubs across Bri­tain the chance to re­ceive gen­uine sup­port and ad­vice at their Royal Bank Rug­byForce week­end cel­e­bra­tion on Au­gust 12 and 13.

Now in its fifth year, the com­mu­nity ini­tia­tive run in part­ner­ship be­tween Royal Bank and Scottish Rugby aims to help clubs at­tract new mem­bers and to be­come stronger and more sus­tain­able clubs.

These rugby icons will of­fer their spe­cific knowl­edge and ex­per­tise in the game to help their se­lected clubs achieve their spe­cific de­vel­op­ment goals in two key ar­eas. Former Scot­land and Glas­gow War­riors cap­tain Al Kel­lock re­turns to Royal Bank Rug­byForce this year fol­low­ing his successful spell as honorary board mem­ber at An­nan RFC.

Al worked with An­nan RFC to de­velop their com­mer­cial rev­enue streams by run­ning a spon­sor­ship work­shop with key com­mit­tee mem­bers.

Best prac­tice

Al will be pro­vid­ing ex­pert busi­ness ad­vice to a win­ning club, while former Scot­land scrum-half and cur­rent Glas­gow War­riors coach Mike Blair will be giv­ing coach­ing sup­port to de­velop coach­ing best prac­tice to ben­e­fit the whole club’s coach­ing struc­ture.

Speak­ing on set at the launch of Royal Bank Rug­byForce, Al Kel­lock said: ‘I am de­lighted to be in­volved with Royal Bank Rug­byForce again this year. Work­ing with An­nan RFC was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence both for my­self and the club and I am very much look­ing for­ward to shar­ing as much com­mer­cial


knowl­edge as pos­si­ble with this year’s win­ning club.’

To win a mem­ber of The Rugby Force at Royal Bank Rug­byForce week­end cel­e­bra­tion, clubs need to reg­is­ter at­ rug­byforce by May 21.

Former Scot­land cap­tain Al Kel­lock.

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