Consett v Sunderland RFC 2

Sunderland RFC is to become an O2 Touch rugby centre.

They received their confirmation last week making them the first club in Wearside to be given the accreditation.

However the club is the second centre in the North East to become an 02 Touch centre.

The club currently has a 30+ player base, with all ages and abilities playing on a weekly basis.

John Howe, who is also one of the 02 Touch operators at Sunderland RFC, said: “It’s great to get the recognition for what is a fun, social, active way of keeping fit through rugby.

“We are the only 02 Touch centre north of Teesside and welcome players from as far afield as Durham for our Monday night games.

“What is special about our sessions is how inclusive and fun they are. Anyone’s welcome to join in.”

Chairman of Sunderland RFC, Paul Geehan added: “This award proves we are going in the right way and improving our rugby coaching.

“The 02 touch is great for the club. It’s a good way to keep fit but it’s about encouraging everyone to play rugby.

“This is a great tool to bring new players to the club.”

The 02 Touch rugby team plays on a Monday at 6.30pm at the Limes in Sunderland.