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Stamford Rugby Club is taking part in England Rugby’s ‘Pitch Up for Rugby’ celebrations

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Stamford Rugby Club is looking forward to opening its doors once again next month after getting involved with a nationwide initiative.

The Midlands 2 East (South) club are taking part in England Rugby’s ‘Pitch Up for Rugby’ celebrations on Sunday, September 12.

This year, the celebrations are more poignant than ever with Stamford’s Pitch Up event not only bringing all players from the area back together, but also giving clubs an opportunity to recognise volunteers and members for their tireless work throughout the pandemic to support the club and their communities.

New initiative at Stamford Rugby Club (50620393)
New initiative at Stamford Rugby Club (50620393)

The weekend is seen as the perfect opportunity for players of all-levels to celebrate the return of rugby with their team-mates and friends, including for the first time in 18 months, full contact 15-a-side rugby.

In addition to full contact, modified contact such as touch, tag and Ready4Rugby will be available throughout the weekend so there is something for everyone on offer.

Many clubs will also host Warrior Camps – free rugby taster sessions designed to introduce orr reintroduce women and girls to the sport.

All ages and abilities are welcome with sessions scheduled across the weekend for each age group.

Extra health and safety measures have been introduced at the club and government updates and guidance will be followed to provide a safe environment for participants.

Club chairman Mark Anderson said: “Our ‘Pitch Up for Rugby’ is a great way to welcome back all our mini’s and juniors and invite new players to come along and experience our club and culture.

“It’s a great opportunity to bring your mates, have fun and play a great sport.”

Bill Sweeney, chief executive officer of England Rugby, added: “I am delighted clubs across the country are able to get all formats of rugby back on the pitch and open their clubhouse doors once again.

“We know being part of a team is not just something players feel is important to their physical health but also their mental wellbeing and social life, so are excited to be able to show communities up and down the country just what their local rugby club has to offer as part of the ‘Pitch Up for Rugby’ initiative.

“I hope people can make it down to support Stamford and enjoy the weekend’s celebrations.”

New initiative at Stamford Rugby Club (50620395)
New initiative at Stamford Rugby Club (50620395)

Pitch Up for Rugby is supported by The National Lottery which has provided funding to support the return to grassroots rugby union across England, Wales and Scotland to help clubs rebuild after the pandemic.

If you would like to come down or require further information, please contact play@StamfordRugby.com

Stamford’s men’s first team will start their league campaign on Saturday, September 25, with an away match at Long Buckby.

Their first home game will be on Saturday, October 2, when they host Market Bosworth at Hambleton Road.

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