Three sports clubs in the borough have joined forces to form the Sutton Sports Alliance which will strive to collaborate within the community.

Sutton United Football Club, Sutton & Epsom Rugby Football Club and Sutton Cricket Club announced the partnership on Wednesday, August 9.

The ambition of Sutton Sports Alliance is “the common aim of increasing participation and spectator numbers across football, rugby and cricket in the area, with a particular focus on younger people”.

An official statement added: “Sutton United FC, Sutton & Epsom RFC and Sutton Cricket Club have amassed more than 400 years of combined history.

“Each club boasts alumni of county and international representatives but importantly, each club is a family club with relevance to all generations.

“The Sutton Sports Alliance is further commitment towards extending the reach more broadly to the local community and the clubs have agreed to jointly promote the following initiatives.”

Sutton United’s next home game against Macclesfield Town, Tuesday August 15, will be free for juniors under the age of 16 once ‘Sutton Sports Alliance’ is quoted at the turnstile.

Sutton & Epsom RFC are holding a free rugby taster session on Saturday September 16 from 1pm to 2pm for youngsters aged 5-11.

On Friday evenings from August 18 to September 1 Sutton Cricket Club will present cricket sessions for boy and girls. They will run from 5.50pm until 7pm. The sessions will cost £5.