EXCITEMENT is building at Malvern Rugby Club ahead of the new season on Sunday, September 2, for their 250 mini and junior members.

The appetite for youth rugby across the Malvern Hills continues to grow and for the first time in many years they expect to have a full quota of age groups ­— 13 in total ­— from under sixes to 18s.

They will also continue their mixed ability tag rugby club who won the inclusivity project of the year accolade at the Malvern Hills District Sports Awards.

"During the off-season it has been an extremely busy time for the team of volunteers at Malvern as everyone has been putting in place plans for yet another successful season," said youth chairman Neil Palmer.

"Following on from our mixed ability tag rugby team winning the inclusivity project of the year award, we have also recently held a highly-successful summer rugby camp which was attended by over 60 children and included special guests Charlie Sharples and Callum Braley from Gloucester and Ted Hill from Worcester Warriors spending time coaching the children.

"In addition we were also delighted when we became a fully-accredited Quilter Kids First Rugby Club and on Sunday, September 30, everyone is really excited by the prospect of Worcester Warriors visiting Malvern for a Warriors Hub Day in which several of their community coaches and first-team players will be spending the day coaching all of our various mini and junior age groups.

"We have a truly fantastic group of coaches and volunteers who work tirelessly to support all the children and their parents at Malvern.

"Our ethos is very much about creating truly memorable experiences for all the mini and junior players at Malvern by aiming to ensure all the children are enjoying what they are doing, fully participating, while having lots of fun and making new friends along the way."

New players are welcome with more details available on the club website or by emailing youthchairman@malvernrfc.co.uk.