ROCHFORD Hundred Rugby Club have launched their own mixed ability squad.

The group was formed at Magnolia Road earlier this week.

And Hundred’s club chairman Ray Stephenson is pleased to be welcoming more players on board.

“This is a first in South Essex and we are all really proud of this initiative which increases the club’s engagement within the local community,” said Stephenson at the launch of the new squad.

“Rugby is a sport for absolutely everyone and this was proved today without any doubt.

“This event was made even more special as 2022 is the club’s 60th Anniversary.

“It’s been a great day for the sport, the club and the wider community in general”.

Rochford’s mixed ability squad teamed up with a squad from Harlow for their first get together.

And coach Alan Harvey was pleased to see so many players involved.

“Harlow Rugby Club’s mixed ability players visited Rochford for their first away game having established their squad a little over a year ago and it was great to have them here,” said Harvey.

“We had around 30 boys and girls of all ages taking part in non contact rugby.

“There were fun and games throughout the morning and the players were more than ably supported by our army of budding coaches and volunteers plus players from our youth squads who all helped out to make it a great success.”

But there was also support from elsewhere, including a guest from Premiership giants Saracens.

“Apart from our special guests from Harlow Rugby Club and the new players joining up, the Saracens Foundation sent a representative over and we are set to become a Saracens Hub Mixed Ability Rugby Club,” said Harvey.

“We also had local councillor for Rochford Julie Gooding turn up and take part in her floppy summer hat, much to the amusement of the players.”

However Harvey remains keen for the group to grow and for more players to come along to the coaching sessions.

“Training is now being held fortnightly at the club on a Saturday morning from 9.30am. until 11a.m with our next session being on June 25th now,” said Harvey.

“Mixed ability tag rugby is open to everyone aged from six to 16 and it is totally free.

“If you are interested coming along then please get in touch because we’d love to hear from you.”

Harvey, who also praised sponsors Rochford Rotary and Essex Freemasons, can be contacted on email via


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