Coaching Structure Transition

31st January 2014

We are delighted to announce that next season’s Head Coach will be Giles Heagerty (currently working as assistant coach within Geoff`s coaching team) who will take over from Geoff Wappett and Andy Northey in the summer as the side prepares for next season.

After six years of exceptional service to the club, Geoff and Andy decided it was time for a well-deserved break so the Executive Management Team considered a number of options that were consistent with the club strategy. Several candidates, both internal and external were considered and a consultation was undertaken with senior and experienced club members. At the end of this process, Giles was the stand-out candidate having given a very impressive interview, as well as having excellent credentials and the backing of Geoff and Andy and the senior players. Giles’ vision for the first team and the club as a whole was closely aligned with our strategic vision for the club in the long term.

A level three coach, Giles is a local lad (former Macclesfield player)who is working at Manchester Grammar School where he coaches the first XV. He has previous coaching experience at the Universities of Kent and Chester and at our local rivals, Wilmslow. He has also coached at the Sale Sharks academy and is currently head coach of Cheshire U20s and assistant for the England U18 clubs and schools. Giles will be building his team over the next few months with an emphasis on continuity ready for next season’s challenges.

Giles said “I’m delighted to be taking up this role. Macclesfield is a very well run rugby club with lots of potential on and off the field and I am looking forward to contributing to its continued success. I know there will inevitably be challenges ahead but I think the first team and the rest of the club is in a very good position to deal with whatever comes at us”

Giles will have mightily big boots to fill, literally and figuratively. Geoff Wappett and Andy Northey have been instrumental in taking the club on its journey from the regional leagues to a semi-professional first team. Both have a wealth of experience that they have brought to their six years at the club and have seen the club through to the dizzy heights of Level 3 of English Rugby.

Geoff and Andy signed for the club in June 2008 and feel they have achieved pretty much all they set out to do – hopefully they can complete the job by getting the club back into National One by the end of this season. There has been a marked improvement in National League standing and results since the pair took over. At the outset of their tenure, the club were losing more than one match in two – since taking over we have won over 2 out of every 3 games played, and over half of those games were played at National One level.  To date, Geoff and Andy have overseen 169 matches, won 108, lost 54 and drawn 7, (and will hopefully add to that winning total over the next few months) – pretty impressive stats I`m sure you would agree.

Geoff and Andy have taken the club from National League 3 North (5th tier of English Rugby) to National league 1 (3rd tier), have won 3 Cheshire Cups and 1 National League 2 Championship at Twickenham and seen Macclesfield through our most successful period ever.  Whoever would have thought that Macclesfield would be playing – and beating! – clubs like Blackheath, Richmond, London Scottish, Coventry and Rosslyn Park to name but a few.

I`m sure you`d all like to join me in saying a Huge Thank You to both Geoff Wappett and Andy Northey for their services and dedication to MRUFC over the past 6 years and wish them both well in their retirement.  We will of course, be planning and announcing events to thank them properly in due course.

I`d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Giles on his appointment and look forward to working with Giles and his team from next season.