'Seadogs' to host first walking rugby tournament

Sutton on Sea's Seadogs.Sutton on Sea's Seadogs.
Sutton on Sea's Seadogs.
​One year on from bringing walking rugby to the coast, Sutton on Sea’s ‘seadogs’ are hosting their first tournament.

The ​Sutton Sea Dogs Walking Rugby Group were first featured in the Louth Leader a year ago as the group was first becoming established, and now one year on, the group has gone from strength to strength.

Meeting on Saturday mornings between 10am and 11am at Sutton Rovers FC playing fields Furlongs Road, the group has seen members joining ranging from aged in their 20s up to 80-year-olds.

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Walking rugby is a non-contact sport that sees a six-a-side team playing on a half-sized pitch, with no running or tackling involved, and a touch on the armpit or below are used instead.

Spokesman Ann Powell said: “We have come so far in such a short space of time. We have had the support of Magna Vitae in Mablethorpe which we are grateful for.

“Walking Rugby is great fun, good for physical, emotional and social benefits and it’s inclusive to anyone over the age of 18.

"We have great fun and you may be surprised by all the laughter that we have in a game.”

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Now the Seadogs are holding what they believe to be the first multi-team rugby tournament and community fun day in Lincolnshire, with teams coming from as far afield as Bracebridge Heath, Market Rasen, and Rotherham.

The tournament and community day is to take place on Saturday (June 15) at Sutton Rovers FC, from 11am to 3pm, where visitors can try out walking rugby with a mini taster session and also explore stalls by local groups.

To find out more about the Sutton Seadogs, visit www.facebook.com/sutton.seadogs/