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New club to open in Shropshire

14 June 2013

  • Community invited to touch rugby sessions
  • New club gathering pace with 12 friendlies planned for next season

THE first steps towards setting up a new rugby club in the Shropshire town of Church Stretton will be taken on July 1 when a Touch Rugby Open Day is staged.

The session, which is open to players aged 17 and over, will be staged at the town’s leisure centre and will be used to help gauge interest in establishing a Church Stretton club.

Meetings about the formation of a new club have already taken place and there a committee is currently being formed with a view to playing 12 friendly matches next season.

A ground at Church Stretton School and Leisure centre has been identified  as a possible home for the proposed new club and there has been encouraging support from the local community.

Scott Sturdy, the RFU rugby Development Officer for Shropshire, said: “This is an exciting time for Church Stretton and its community.

“In just two months the project has really picked up pace. I’d urge as many people as possible to come down and join in with the touch sessions on July 1. This town has untapped potential in terms of rugby and I can only see the club going from strength to strength.”

The Church Stretton Touch Rugby Open Day will run from 7pm to 8pm on July 1. Further information from Scott Sturdy at: