NORTHWICH Rugby Club are aiming to tempt newcomers into giving the sport a try.

And to that end, from this Sunday at Moss Farm Sports Complex a month of free rugby sessions will be available for all new starters, regardless of ability or gender, aged three to 80.

The club are keen to point out that there is no waiting list to join and no trials are required.

Over the month, people can get a taste of what life at the club is all about ahead of next season which starts in September.

While the current campaign was put on hold for three months at the start of the year due to lockdown, the existing kids at the club and friends they have brought with them are said to have relished the return to action.

Being able to train and play a few rugby games was considered vital for the health and wellbeing of the minis and juniors, and it continues until mid July.

Northwich Superstars, the programme designed to offer youngsters entry into rugby in a fun environment, ends its current season on Sunday, July 18 with a final training session, barbecue and awards day.

“Numbers have continued to be strong and we are lucky to have so many RFU qualified coaches and volunteers to help out,” said Superstars chairman Sam Naylor Jnr.

“We are planning some ad hoc get togethers during the summer to do some fun-based fitness stuff and keep them all moving, prior to the new season.

“Then everyone is massively looking forward to what can hopefully be a normal season. We have been in contact with a number of local clubs and already have lots of potential fixtures in the calendar.

“I know the kids and parents are looking forward to a return to some normality for the minis, and getting down to watch the first team in action, competing at a higher level in RFU North Premier.”

On Mondays, Northwich host walking rugby at Moss Farm starting at 7pm and again the sessions are free and open to all.

Activities include progressive stretching and flexibility exercises and small scale games, with the emphasis on participants meeting others and having fun.

“It’s exciting to see the growth of Northwich RUFC walking rugby and to think of its future benefits to the health and well-being of the people of Northwich – both the current or recent rugby-playing population and those who could join the rugby family through the walking rugby format,” said Naylor.

“Staying physically active protects mental and physical health and older people say that if they are able to participate in social and leisure activities, they are more likely to say they feel well.”