THREE of the region's leading rugby clubs have joined forces to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Members of Newtown, Llanidloes and Welshpool rugby clubs have been growing moustaches and supporting 'Movember' while also raising funds for Ponthafren, a mental health charity which covers mid Wales.

Last week the three clubs united for their first ever walking rugby event in Llanidloes.

All three clubs fielded two teams and the event attended by nearly 50 people.

Walking rugby is a fun team game that is accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Whether you are an established player or you’re new to the game, walking rugby is a much simpler version of the traditional rugby game.

The sport is less physical than a standard game of rugby with the aim to participate, compete and most importantly, enjoy yourself.

It is also an opportunity to meet with people and talk.

County Times: Members of Newtown, Llanidloes and Welshpool rugby clubs at Cae Hafren.

Members of Newtown, Llanidloes and Welshpool rugby clubs at Cae Hafren.

Llanidloes and Welshpool clubs have been running walking rugby evenings at their clubs and Newtown have been running mixed ability rugby sessions.

If you wish to take part, please contact your local club for information.

This Saturday the events continue with Newtown hosting Welshpool Rugby Club at the Recreation Ground.

The club will welcome the staff of Ponthafren and will raise money through a donation bucket and a raffle. The club will also offer a pie and a pint for £6, with a donation going towards Ponthafren.

Newtown Rugby Club is also hosting a 70s reunion on the same day and are inviting all members from across the area that had involvement with the club in the 1970s to get involved.