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Street Rugby to take place in Flintshire this summer

YOUNGSTERS are being offered the chance to ‘try’ out sport.

Street Rugby will run through the summer for young people aged 11-18 over a 12-week period in Bryn Gwalia, Mold; Higher Shotton; and Holywell.

As well as rugby league, training sessions include fitness elements, boxercise and rugby football to add variety and keep the interest of the young people taking part.

The Flintshire programme is a partnership between Wales Rugby League; national charity organisation Street Games; Flintshire Community Safety Partnership; Flintshire Sports Development; Flintshire’s Youth Justice Service; Bryn Gwalia, Higher Shotton and Holywell Communities First; North Wales Police; North Wales Fire and Rescue Service; Flintshire Neighbourhood Watch Association; and Tesco, Holywell.

Every four weeks the areas will come together and play in a structured Street Rugby Festival, where they play and compete in a street rugby league table.

There are also opportunities for everyone to go on coaching courses, referees courses and further event opportunities through the volunteers programme.

Matthew Pritchard, Wales Rugby League North Wales development officer, said: “Essentially Street Rugby means non-traditional clubs without a club house. It’s right on your doorstep and there are additional opportunities for adults and the young people to go on courses and to develop themselves.”

Ian Vaughan-Evans, Flintshire County Council’s interim public protection manager, said: “Street Rugby has been a great success in other areas of Wales and I’m sure this will be replicated in Flintshire.”