Canterbury Rugby Club will offer every playing member between 14 and 35 the chance to be screened for possible undiagnosed cardiac conditions.
They will be working in partnership with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY), with appointments available this Saturday and Sunday between 9am and 4pm at the Marine Travel Ground on Merton Lane
Paul Sykes, the brother of former Canterbury player Pat Sykes, died after collapsing on the pitch while playing football for Folkestone Invicta in 2005 while the rugby world last year was shocked when Henley player David Hyde died in similar circumstances.
“Everybody from 14 to 35 at the club, we have offered them a heart scan. Through CRY, we are doing that,” said chairman Giles Hilton, who on Tuesday attended the club’s annual lunch in London where ex-England and British & Irish Lions player James Haskell spoke.
“Dave Thompson has paid so around 200 people can have a heart scan. It’s a pretty big offering.