New pitches unveiled at youth tournament

A rugby tournament celebrating young talent in the game has marked the official opening of a rugby club’s new home pitches.

The two new state-of-the-art rugby pitches at Wallsend RFC, were put through their paces as part of The Friendly Festival.

The land next to St Peter’s Road marks the club’s first permanent home in its 51-year history.

Wallsend RFC secured funding totalling more than £215,000 from North Tyneside Council, the Rugby Football Union and Sport England to convert the disused fields into match ready pitches.

Club chairman Ryan Thirlaway said: “On behalf of everyone at Wallsend RFU we’d like to say a huge thank you to North Tyneside Council, Rugby Football Union and Sport England for securing the future of Wallsend RFU and providing us with a new home.

“This is the first time in the club’s history we’ve had our own home pitches. It will make a huge difference to the players, supporters and local school children from across the region who will all benefit from investment in the game.”

The completion of the pitches is the first stage of a larger development plan for the club.