TWO community rugby league clubs have been awarded grants in order to allow them to resume training sessions.

Woolston Rovers and Latchford Albion each received £1,000 from Cheshire police and crime commissioner David Keane in order to purchase additional equipment, sanitizer, signage and cleaning products.

More than 450 youngsters aged six and above in the town take part in the two clubs’ activities, but these have been paused due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Teams will now take part in smaller training sessions, with equipment cleaned between usages and temperature checks upon arrival.

The PCC’s Safer Communities Fund takes money ceased from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Acts and reinvests it within charities and organisations.

Mr Keane said: “Covid-19 has presented an unprecedented crisis in our communities with many groups and clubs being forced to close their doors.

“As we move into the next phase of the virus, we must remain vigilant whilst trying to return to some normality.

“Grassroots clubs provide a safe, engaging space for young people to make friends, have fun and promote positive physical and mental wellbeing.

“It’s vital that clubs are supported to restart activity when it is safe to do so and when it’s evident the correct safety measures are in place to protect young people, volunteers and their families.”