SALE Sharks and Moore RUFC are set to team up to start a new walking rugby team.

A £4,250 grant from the Cheshire Community Foundation has kickstarted the partnership, which offers over 50s the chance to enjoy a less physical, slower version of touch rugby.

This money will be used to buy equipment and cover costs, with Moore RUFC volunteers receiving training from the Sharks Community Trust before the sessions begin.

Lead coach Jimmy Creighton said: “The Cheshire Community Foundation grant will make a real impact on Set the Pace, allowing us to reach more people through the new sessions in Warrington.

“Grants like this are imperative to growing the programme and encouraging more over 50s to participate.

“Set the Pace enables over 50s to keep physically active by playing with others in their neighbourhood, while also creating volunteering opportunities for local coaches.

“It’s a fantastic, well-rounded initiative that’s truly focused on bringing communities together.”

Similar schemes have already been set up at community rugby clubs in Eccles, Sale and Sandbach.

Georgie Perris-Redding, disability and inclusion coordinator at the Sharks Community Trust, added: “I’d like to thank the Cheshire Community Foundation for supporting the project, which can have a real impact on a local community and its residents.

“The additional funds will allow Set the Pace to continue having a long-lasting effect on people’s everyday lives.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the scheme flourish, with more people taking up walking rugby in the Warrington area as a result of this fantastic grant.”