Portarlington RFC in Laois have been announced as the Leinster winner of Ulster Bank RugbyForce,receiving a support package worth €5,000, to upgrade facilities in the club.
An Ghaeltacht Rugbaí in Galway has been announced as the overall winner, receiving a package worth €10,000 and a training session with an IRFU coach and two Ireland rugby stars, while the three other provincial winners are Gort RFC in Galway, Skibbereen RFC in Cork and Armagh RFC.
Speaking after the announcement Barry Lambkin, President, Portarlington RFC, said, “This is a fantastic boost – not only for our club but for everyone in the community.
The Ulster Bank RugbyForce support package will go a long way in our club and help us to maintain all our facilities in the club.
Sourcing funding for the club has been difficult in recent years so we are very grateful to have been chosen as a winner.”
With the support of the Ulster Bank RugbyForce funding, Portarlington RFC plan to carry out essential works in their clubhouse which includes painting, deep cleaning the kitchen, replacing photos and photo frames on the walls, sanding and varnishing the floors, repairing broken pitch signs and providing dressing room and shower facilities for their female members.