Loch Lomond Rugby Club have been awarded top status in this year’s Royal Bank of Scotland RugbyForce nationwide initiative.

As part of their ‘Hero Club’ status, the team have also been rewarded with £1,000 and full event support to help maintain the club’s activities for younger players.

Loch Lomond Rugby Club will put its new funds towards giving children of all ages and skillsets the opportunity to take up the sport and get involved with the club, while creating a safe and friendly environment focused on fun and equality.

The team shared the news on their Facebook page, saying: “Absolutely delighted to announce that we have been awarded Royal Bank RugbyForce Hero Club for 2020.”

The Royal Bank RugbyForce initiative is designed to help clubs up and down the country to attract and retain members, develop their facilities to play a bigger part of their community, and be more sustainable for the future.

The funding will provide grassroots clubs across Scotland with vital financial support to help the clubs make the most of their facilities, and run a successful club, both on and off the pitch.

The funding complements the annual RugbyForce weekend, a celebration of the positive impact local clubs make to their community.

This year’s event was due to take place from August 8-9 but, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the decision was made to postpone the event in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

However, to relieve financial pressure on community clubs, the funding is being released in advance of a rescheduled RugbyForce weekend date.

Malcolm Buchanan, chairman of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Scotland board, said: “We know how much of an impact this funding has made to grassroots clubs over the past 12 years.

“Even in the light of the coronavirus pandemic, team spirit and excitement for the game remains strong and we want to ensure that our grassroots clubs across the country can continue to provide a sense of community.”