This has helped clubs bring players back into the game but has also seen people making their debut even at the age of 60! Those taking part have come from Wirral, Caldy, Prenton, Oldershaw, New Brighton, Wallasey, Waterloo, Crosby St Marys, Liverpool Tritons and St Edwards Old Boys.

Said Rugby Development Officer Andrew Soutar: “Playing Friday nights allows the players to have the weekends to themselves and their families, which is one of the reasons so many clubs have been able to create new teams within the clubs. The Friday night festivals are running until April and the season is ending with all the teams going on a joint tour to play against other Casual and Vets teams.”

Manchester has been embracing this type of event too. In December a Friday Night festival was held on two pitches outside AJ Bell before the Sale v Exeter premiership fixture. There were 200 players from 10 local clubs involved in an enjoyable night’s rugby organised by Rugby Development Officer George Glenn, in conjunction with Sale Sharks community team and delivered by the Greater Manchester CRCs.

Sale provided discounted tickets, pie and pint deal (which the local delivery team covered so that the players got all of that free!).

If Merseyside clubs would like to join the local festivals please contact andrewsoutar@rfu.com.