DORCHESTER Rugby Club finally opens its doors to players and supporters to get involved in England Rugby’s ‘Pitch Up’ celebrations tomorrow.

Clubs across the country are now permitted to play Ready4Rugby, an adapted non-contact game devised by the RFU.

The 'Pitch Up' weekend provides the perfect opportunity for players to return to the club, reconnect with teammates, learn the RFU’s adapted game and play Ready4Rugby. 

Ready4Rugby is an adapted form of rugby union that encourages support, continuity and pressure, all driven by decision making.

It is fun, competitive, suitable for all ages and will help in preparing for full-contact rugby once government guidelines permit.

Surcouf Park will be opening with a barbecue provided by Posh Pigs and music from top local duo Ansell & Gretel from 4.30pm.

There will be inter-club demonstration games for all levels and abilities proving just how inclusive this new format will be.

Extra health and safety measures have been introduced at the club and government updates will be monitored to provide a safe environment for participants.

The club ask that all attending follow the Covid guidelines and signage laid out to keep everyone safe and to make sure they can continue with these activities.

Club chairman Tony Foot said: "I’m delighted to see the club opening and to be able to play Ready4Rugby and get rugby back at the club.

"This 'Pitch Up' weekend provides a great opportunity for grassroots clubs to welcome back players and begin playing rugby once more.

"More importantly, an opportunity to bring the rugby community back together and have some fun following a difficult few months. It will be great to see support of our community club and enjoy the celebrations."

On Sunday, the junior section continues their registration for the coming season during the morning.