NORTHWICH RUFC are hosting an open session for those interested in joining their walking rugby team.

Other local clubs such as Winnington Park have also been invited to attend the session at Moss Farm on Sunday, December 5, with a focus on promoting and attracting more people to this version of the game.

Walking rugby is a simplified version of rugby suitable for all ages, abilities and genders being based on a passive passing game, suitable for ex-players, injured and rehabilitating current players and those interested in rugby without any experience.

“I’m the only woman at the club at the moment and we could do with more,” said Kerry Stead, who plays for the Northwich team.

“It really is for everyone. It’s wonderful.

“It keeps you active – I’ve got fitter since playing walking rugby.

“We train on a Monday evening and laugh most of the time, we all get on very well.”

If sufficient interest is gained, the aspiration is to create an inter-club walking rugby competition in the spring.

“From a mental health point of view it’s been priceless – the social benefits in particular are tremendous,” said another team member, Dominic Eyes.

“It started off as a means to get some of our members active and also to have some social time afterwards.

“It’s gone from strength to strength and we’ve opened up the opportunity so that anyone can join us at Moss Farm.”

The session starts at 1pm and the clubhouse will be open for refreshments and food.