Loch Lomond Rugby Club defied the elements to put on what was described as the best organised Royal Bank of Scotland RugbyForce event since the initiative began more than 20 years ago.

The soggy conditions on Sunday did not stop club members, coaches, players, families, friends and plenty of new faces from turning out in their numbers to support the day, which was organised to showcase all that is great about rugby and to encourage more people to get involved in the sport.

Loch Lomond were just one of eight clubs from the whole Scotland to be selected to host a RugbyForce event and they welcomed officials from the Royal Bank of Scotland and Scottish Rugby, along with local MSP Jackie Baillie, as well as two established Scotland women’s internationalists, Lana Skeldon and Megan Kennedy.

Various rugby activities were staged throughout the day for visitors to try, while there was also an assault course, a yoga taster session and a mini bootcamp.

With a treasure hunt, face painting and home baking also on offer, the club was a hive of activity and everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.

The internationalists were only too happy to join in with the rugby sessions and to offer expert tips to Loch Lomond’s stars of future.

Once they’d had the chance to dry off, both Lana and Megan also provided brilliant insight into the life of a top level rugby player during a question and answer session which underlined why both are such good ambassadors for the sport.

“It was a really great day, I felt really involved and really enjoyed myself,” said Lana, who has 34 caps for Scotland.

“The club has got a real family atmosphere. It’s very welcoming, and you just feel like part of the family as soon as you walk in.”

RBS representative Jamie Hogg added: “RugbyForce is an opportunity for the bank to help grassroots rugby and to help rugby clubs develop. We want to engage with the community and bringing more people into rugby so that you get more people playing rugby.

“This event really grasped the concept of making it about the family and community, supporting all groups as well – youths, female rugby and male rugby. It’s exactly what it all about.

“Having been part of Rugby Force for over 20 years, I’ve never seen so many people here right at the start, never seen so many people enjoying themselves. The thought and organisation that has gone into it is exactly what we’re trying to do to support rugby.”

Loch Lomond were delighted with the response, too, with coach John Munn adding: “This event just showed what a great club we have and we’re very proud of it.”