South Shields Rugby Club is enjoying a new lease of life

A sports club which battled back from the brink of folding is going from strength to strength.

South Shields Rugby Club, formerly South Tyneside College Rugby Club, now has a new name and new logo.

Numbers to the club, based within South Tyneside College, have also been boosted in the past two years helping to give it a new lease of life.

Now, their players are sporting new team strips after the Hedworth Hall, in Dean Road, South Shields, stepped in to offer them a sponsorship deal.

Club manager Daniel Mackay said: “Having the Hedworth Hall behind us has given the players a massive boost.

“They have provided the teams with new strips and their sponsorship has helped the club with its running costs.

“Over the summer, we have had a massive change, with a new name and new logo, so it felt right to accept the Hedworth Hall’s offer of becoming our new sponsor.”

The club was formed in 1956 and currently has two teams actively playing in matches.

With the increase in players, a third team is on the verge of being formed.

The club has players from the age of 16 to 65 years old – however, members can only play competitively from the age of 17.

For the past few years the Westoe Pub has been the club’s sponsor.

Mr Mackay added: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the Westoe Pub for all their help and support over the years – it is very much appreciated.”

The club train on Tuesday and Thursdays at the college from 6.30pm.

Anyone interested can turn up or call 07808 812709.