The pitch and play was aimed as youngsters keen to get into rugby.

The pitch and play was aimed as youngsters keen to get into rugby.

More than 30 youngsters flocked to Ashbrooke to take part in Sunderland RFCs pitch and play on Tuesday.

The after school event, aimed at school years 7 to 9, was a free session for non-players to give rugby a go.

Supported by the Rugby Football Union and club coaches, it is part of a number of initiatives aimed at broadening rugby’s reach within the city of Sunderland.
One of the organisers and under 13’s coach John Howe said: “We need to provide as many opportunities for children to play as we can and we aim to build on this.
“We have a thriving mini/junior section and it is just a case of making parents and children know what we offer and what we are about.
“Schools were really supportive and we need that to continue if rugby is to continue growing in Sunderland.”