Players, committee members, volunteers and supporters have raised considerable funds for a local playgroup and also organise many fund-raising events to support people who need it, including their Boxing Day Dip, where players brave the icy cold North Sea. They have also donated a lot of money to the Mayor’s Charity Fund to help them subsidise allocated projects.

Over recent months they have been making collections every week to support a local food bank operating out of Dawdon Youth and Community Centre. Their fines officer and senior player Glen Hardie identifies an item that the players have to take to the club before each game, with failure costing a £1 fine.

Club secretary Neil Roseberry said: “As a club that likes to consider itself a rather important part of the local community, we are proud of our achievements and happy to support those who need a little help in these hard and very uncertain times.

“Seaham RUFC prides itself on being a family-friendly and socially inclusive club – and community hub – where new faces are always warmly welcomed and made to feel that they are important. Among our regular band of supporters are a couple of lads with mental health issues or learning disabilities who follow us, with staff support, home and away. They love the atmosphere and camaraderie at games; where they feel safe and involved.

“Players also bring their kids to watch games and an assortment of aunts and uncles ensure they are well entertained and safe. I guess this positive and inclusive atmosphere has made it easy for a lot of the local kids to come along and join our thriving junior rugby section, which is in its relative infancy but is a massive success for the club and its future.”