A south Norfolk rugby club is celebrating its 40th anniversary by holding a three day festival.

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Wymondham Rugby Football Club, based in Tuttles Lane, will celebrate the milestone with a packed programme of activities from September 7 to September 9.

The celebrations will kick off with a beer festival on Friday, September 7 which will feature more than 30 ales from local breweries, lives music, a barbecue and a hog roast.

On Saturday there will be a past and present players’ lunch and the annual charity funday will be held on Sunday and the club will be raising money for the Big C and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Running through Saturday will be a programme of rugby matches including the mens’ senior teams, the ladies’ team, and the club Twickenham finalists playing touch rugby matches.

One of the features of the day is the ‘Return2Fitness’ match celebrating Jake Cracknell’s return to playing rugby following his recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, in a Colts and U17s match.

Club president Chris Williams said: “Our policy is to welcome everyone to the club with nobody excluded through financial hardship. Sport of any kind sets young people up for life in terms of fitness, confidence and friendships.”

The club has its sights on developing an extended ground and clubhouse.

Mr Williams added: “We are working hard with local authorities, developers and landowners for the next big push in the club’s life”.

The club was founded by the headmasters from the two local schools, Wymondham Secondary Modern and Wymondham College - Stan Kelly and John Sims - who borrowed school shorts and the school playing field.

Today the club has more than 1,300 members, and fields 18 teams from the minis and youth, through to touch rugby, ladies and seniors playing in local, national and international tournaments.

The mini and youth section has grown to more than 500 players over the past 25 years.

See www.wymondhamrugby.com for more details.

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