MRUFC secure new shirt and match day sponsorship deal

Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club secure new shirt and match day sponsorship deal with North West-based credit comparison

Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club (MRUFC) have secured a new three-year sponsorship deal with locally-based credit comparison site

The three year deal will see the Macclesfield-based personal finance experts as main club sponsor and it will be the first time all playing shirts from Under 6s to the 1st IV will be sponsored by the same company.

Speaking about the sponsorship deal, MRUFC Chairman, Pete Harper, said:

“I`m delighted to announce that Moneyguru have agreed a 3-year shirt sponsorship deal with Macclesfield Rugby Club.  M.D. Mike Ransom is a long term member of the rugby club, having grown up in Macclesfield, and started his playing career with the highly successful Mini & Junior section before graduating to the first team. After hanging up his boots, Mike has now gone full circle and finding himself coaching the Under 8`s.”

“To have a successful local company give their support to Macclesfield Rugby Club is great news and strengthens the relationship between local businesses and the rugby club.  We look forward to working with Mike and his team over the next 3 seasons.”

Mike Ransom, managing director at Quint Group, owners of said:

“The partnership between and Macclesfield Rugby Club is such a natural fit and we are delighted to be able to support the club over the next three years.”

“Both myself and Greg Cox, CEO at Quint, have been passionate about rugby our whole lives, with Greg playing for the renowned Wasps back in 1999 and myself being part of MRUFC since I was only nine years old.”

“Partnering with the club seemed like a logical decision, which we’re both really pleased with, and we are excited to see the Senior teams continue to perform over the coming seasons and for the mini and junior section to go from strength to strength!” 

Home to Macclesfield Rugby, and based at Priory Park, MRUFC is an inclusive, community One-Club organisation where everyone is welcome and all levels of playing ability are catered for, from Mini to Junior and up to a senior level playing nationally. is part of Quint Group, one of the UK’s most successful and fastest growing Fintech businesses. Owned by a specialist consumer credit fintech group, it brings a new focus on personal loans, credit cards, mortgages and Credit reports in the comparison space.

Support our RUFC Mums!

The proud mothers of the RUFC U12’s have teamed together to tackle the “Pretty Muddy 5K” in Tatton Park on the 23rd of June and they need your help. The “RuggerBabes”, as they have so affectionately called themselves, aim to raise £1000 in aid of Cancer Research. They share our belief that sport brings communities together, and with all the support they bring us from the side of the pitch, it’s time we gave back. It would mean a lot to us and the mums if you would make a donation and bring them one step closer towards their goal!

U12’s Season Highlight

The 2017/18 season has certainly been a phenomenal one for Macclesfield’s U12’s, culminating with their age group winning the (probably last) Cheshire Cup. Highlighting the season was their opportunity to represent Sale Sharks as the winners of the Land Rover Cup at the Aviva Premiership Final 2018. Alongside an exclusive behind the scenes look, the lads spent their morning at a live Q&A session with the winners of the 2003 World Cup Side, Lewis Moody and Jason Robinson.

Most Valued Player

Pictured below is the team on the HQ Hallowed Turf as well as Most Valued Player, young Ollie Davies. The team have certainly shown their hard work this season. They have gone from strength to strength under the wings of head coach, Rob Davies, proud parent of Ollie and the other two Davies’ well known to the club, Alex and Will. Ollie was chosen for Most Valued Player by a unanimous vote by the entire team (Just clarifying that we did not ask Dad). It truly is a well-deserved title!

Words from the Coach

In the words of a lead coach – “Ollie D does some stuff on a rugby pitch which is extraordinary.  No kid of his age that I have seen has that vision, and the ability to execute. Few kids a few years older do either. He makes the team play and is quick enough to do damage himself.”

It was a day enjoyed by the entire team. We look forward to what is to come for the U13’s in 2018/19.

Chairman’s thoughts on Macclesfield Rugby Club over the 2017-18 season.

Chairman, Peter Harper, thoughts on what’s gone on at Macclesfield Rugby Club over the course of the 2017-18 season.

Recently Macclesfield Rugby Club held its AGM. Some of you may have already ready Chairman, Peter Harper’s, report on the season as a whole: others may not yet have come across it. The detailed report made interesting reading for anyone with an interest in Macclesfield RFC. Part of Pete’s report related to the rejection of the planning proposal submitted to Cheshire Council jointly by Macclesfield Rugby Club and Jones Homes, and the rest related to what has gone on at the Club over the course of the 2017-18 season.

Pete’s report was very comprehensive and addressed all of the issues that have, or might, affect the Club in the foreseeable future, but by its very nature, Pete’s report could only cover some of these important issues in the briefest terms. So, this week the Club has decided that it would let Pete tell supporters in a little more detail what exactly has happened over the course of the last 12 months. He also talks about Macclesfield Rugby Club’s financial future, the adoption of the new One-Club ethos, and the implications both of these will hopefully have for Macclesfield in both the short and longer term.

Here’s what Chairman, Pete Harper had to say:

Did Cheshire CC’s rejection of the joint planning application by the Club and Jones Homes come as a surprise, or had the Planning Committee already indicated that the application was likely to be rejected?

‘It was always going to be a close call, as housing is an inappropriate development in the greenbelt. It was recommended for refusal by the officers but we were hoping it would be a political decision and the fact the club may close, and the community benefit that would be lost, would sway members to go against the officer’’ recommendation.’ 

‘However, the members were not worried about the possible closure of the club and believed it would not close but instead continue in some way shape or form without the investment.’

What, in your opinion, was the reasoning behind the Planning Committee’s rejection?

‘The judgement that the benefits of the development did not outweigh the harm when weighed in the [overall] planning balance.’

How has that decision affected the Club’s plans for the future? 

‘The club will continue to promote the [planning]proposal but through the Local Plan with a view to the site frontage being allocated for housing in the Local Plan Part 2 allocations.’

Do you feel the Club has found its natural level in National League 2 North, given the financial constraints the Club faces: or do you still believe the Club has the wherewithal to compete at a higher level? 

‘We’re currently rebuilding the side, and being in National League 2 gives us the opportunity to blood home-grown players at a level they can compete at: so in answer to the question, yes the club is playing at a level where we are competitive.  We’ll play to win every game we play, and if that means we finish top of the pile, then so be it.’

What’s the reasoning behind dropping the Blues, Lions, 3rds and 4ths names, and just using the generic name Macclesfield Rugby Club?  

‘We are focusing on the ‘One-Club’ ethos so that everyone from Under 6’s through to contracted players in the First Team squad feel a part of the same club; and as part of this process, every player from Under 6 to First Team will wear exactly the same playing shirts from this coming season.’

Do you think this will broaden the overall appeal of the Club and make it a less exclusive organisation?  

‘Exactly that, and we need to `sell` ourselves as a community club for Macclesfield and lose the conception that we are an exclusive, private members club.  Hopefully, the ‘One-Club’ approach, and also the introduction of a Ladies Team and Girls’ rugby, will help with this process.’ 

Are you now looking to make the Club more of a social and community enterprise, where everyone is welcome regardless of whether they actively participate in the game?  

‘Absolutely.  Anyone and everyone is welcome to be a part of the club, whether as a player, supporter, coach, sponsor, volunteer or in whatever capacity they feel comfortable. With this in mind we are looking into a `Friends of Macclesfield Rugby` association, where people can feel part of the extend family that is Macclesfield Rugby Club.’

Do you feel the future for the Club is bright?  

‘We are having to make some tough financial decisions to ensure the club survives, but I feel that the members are responding to the `siege mentality` currently surrounding the club and a number of members have held up their hand to do what they can to help.’

‘So in answer to the question, if the planning had gone ahead, the future would have been very bright indeed, but the club is more than bricks and mortar – it`s about people and we have some very good people in our club, so I`m cautiously optimistic about the future.’

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Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’

Well here we are – late Sunday after a day out in Carnforth and a great walk on Arnside Knot to clear the lungs and the final ‘Clubman’ of the 2017/18 season and what a campaign it has been.  A fraught start and languishing at the wrong end of National Two North followed by changes and a climb up the league to mid table security and another season to look forward to at this excellent level of Rugby Football and whilst the final scoreline in the last game of the season was not what the Priory Park faithful would have liked it meant at least that our opposition – Wharfedale – edged that little but closer to league safety as results elsewhere saw Blaydon lose out in the North East in a high scoring encounter with Hinckley 36-40 which sadly means that despite the bonus points they join Sheffield in the Northern Premier League next time round but it is down to what Luctonians do in their remaining two games after they hammered already relegated Sheffield 76-12 to give themselves sight of survival starting this weekend at Hinckley.  Watch this space in August!! 

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Annual General Meeting 2018

Read More on the Agenda from 24th May here

Minutes of Annual General Meeting

Find the Minutes from rthe Annual general Meeting here

Ball Boys and Girls Prize Draw Results

Thank you from all of the 1st XV to all 49 Mini and Junior boys and girls who fulfilled the vital function on home match days, in all weathers fetching the balls for ensuring the game continues smoothly.  Not only is this great to continue the integration between the senior and junior sides, it also helps Macclesfield RUFC portray a professional image.

Prize Draw – 

1st Prize:  2018/19 Membership paid – Oliver Eddie (U11).  
2nd Prize:  Choice of Playing Kit, Training Pack or £50 voucher – William Massey (U11)
Team Prize:  £100 towards team kit / equipment – Under 11’s

Bob Jenner

Bob climbs Everest just to win the ‘Highest Club Mug’ competition at 5300 metres! Not sure this qualifies……… beer!

Bob is also raising money for the East Cheshire Hospice and there is still time to donate, please see below.

You can help Bob Jenner raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page

Macclesfield Beer Festival

The beer festival will once again be quenching the thirst of many in May. A limited amount of tickets are available from the club office







Macclesfield Rugby Club 

Golf Day 2018 

Thursday 7th June 2018 at The Tytherington Club

For more information download the PDF here.

Player’s Awards Dinner

The annual awards dinner give us the chance to thank all our senior and youth players for their efforts throughout the season and to recognise those that have excelled. This year the event is being held on Friday 1st June in the newly decorated Priory Suite and all are welcome to come along and enjoy this prestigious event.

After a couple of beers, we will be seated at 7.30pm for a delicious three course meal whilst being entertained by veteran raconteur David Wilkinson. The Players of the Year and the Most Improved Players will receive their awards after the meal. After the awards we are in for a real treat – Manchester based comedian Big Lou takes to the stage. Big Lou is a well known face on the comedy scene who has commanding stage presence matched by his punchlines and timing of their delivery. He has played most of the premier comedy venues in the North West and beyond.

The cost for all this is just £15! Which is cracking value! The players take the majority of the tables but there will be a few spaces left for those who are quick off the mark. As always, first come first served. Contact Jonathan if you have any questions or queries. 







Tom Morton

Former England Under 20s and current Blues’ fly half Tom Morton and his partner are organising a charity ball in aid of the Christie’s charity which will be held on May 19th.

This is a charity close to Tom’s heart as both he and his partner have had family connections to Christie’s, and have passed away, as well as those who have survived cancer, and so are looking to give something back.

The event will be held at the Deanwater Hotel in Woodford where a good night will be enjoyed by all, with a 3 course meal, entertainment with a DJ until late and lots of auction and raffle prizes.

Tickets are £40 each and include a drink on arrival.

Please contact Tom on 07578370907 or via email to book your places/tables.

Come on Blues fans, it’s a great cause!!

U12s Champions

Well done to the u12s who won the Cheshire cup for the 2nd year running, beating Sale 60-10 at Caldy. 🏉

End of the Season

As another season comes to an end, we would like to thanks everyone involved in this great club. There are too many to mention, but without you, this club would not exist. You are the club!

We have had a knock back this year but it proves how resilient we are when we continue to play great rugby through all age groups to the senior teams in such fantastic surroundings.

 Long may it continue.



Rugby Notes from ‘Clubman’

Well here we are – late Sunday after a day out in Carnforth and a great walk on Arnside Knot to clear the lungs and the final ‘Clubman’ of the 2017/18 season and what a campaign it has been.  A fraught start and languishing at the wrong end of National Two North followed by changes and a climb up the league to mid table security and another season to look forward to at this excellent level of Rugby Football and whilst the final scoreline in the last game of the season was not what the Priory Park faithful would have liked it meant at least that our opposition – Wharfedale – edged that little but closer to league safety as results elsewhere saw Blaydon lose out in the North East in a high scoring encounter with Hinckley 36-40 which sadly means that despite the bonus points they join Sheffield in the Northern Premier League next time round but it is down to what Luctonians do in their remaining two games after they hammered already relegated Sheffield 76-12 to give themselves sight of survival starting this weekend at Hinckley.  Watch this space in August!!

At the top Sale FC claimed the title and deserved promotion to National One following a 37-5 mauling of Leicester Lions and Sedgley Park will travel to Chinnor in a play off for the other promotion spot with Cinderford from National Two South already assured of promotion.  Coming in from the North and Midlands Premier Leagues next time will be Preston Grasshoppers and Birmingham Solihull with Hull and Peterborough playing off for the third promotion spot so all change for the 2018/19 campaign.

Coming down from National One are Fylde who have struggled most of the season and Hull Ionians together with Old Albanian who will join National Two South so come Septembers fixtures it will mean that several new clubs will be again visiting Priory Park.

With several of our Senior Squad moving on to retirement or other clubs it will be interesting to see the format of The Blues for the next campaign with hopefully some new faces to don the jersey when training resumes after the break.

As for Clubman it is now down to watching Cricket for the Summer and a trip to Menorca in June as well as following the progress of ‘The Wire’ in that ‘other’ code before even thinking about next season but I hope again to be putting pen to paper giving information on the progress of the Senior Squad at Macclesfield as well as information on the other club sides which I have not been able to do this season apart from the results which I pick up from the respective leagues as no-one has given me detail of the games played despite my requests.

Having got that gripe off my chest it has been a pleasure reporting on Macclesfield Rugby for the past eight months and the progress made and hopefully it will be more of the same come September.

Watch this space – see you then,



“It was team spirit that carried us through the second half of the season…”

It was team spirit that carried us through the second half of the season and helped us maintain our National 2 status.

If you were watching Macclesfield Blues at Priory Park just before Christmas, you would quite naturally have been deeply worried about the future. The Blues were on a bad run of form and had lost 10 of their first 14 games. The future certainly did not look bright. However, once former Head Coach, Giles Heagerty, parted company with the Club, and experienced front row forward, Marshall Gadd, stepped up to the plate to take temporary charge everything changed.

The Blues re-found their mojo and confidence and the results started to flow again. Macclesfield Blues finished a creditable 8th in National League 2 North: no mean feat when you consider where they were at Christmas time. What changed their fortune? What turned their season around? Here’s what new Head Coach, Marshall Gadd, thinks:

You may not have been in charge at the start of the season, but have you any thoughts on why the Blues struggled so badly during the first few months of the National League 2 campaign?

“I just wonder whether the game plan we adopted during the early part of the season didn’t really suit us. I know Giles [Heagerty] had his principles and his own ideas of how he wanted to the team to play a more expansive game, but maybe the lads just couldn’t come to terms with those plans or didn’t fully understand what he wanted from them. The problem is, whatever grand ideas you might have, you can only play with the players you have available to you, and if the message you’re trying to convey is just a little too technical, then the players won’t really grasp it.”

“Don’t get me wrong, Giles was, and is, a fantastic coach with some of the highest credentials in the area. He does a lot of work with the England set up, so knows what he’s talking about. But if you’re trying to implement plans which the players either don’t understand, or don’t buy into, then it’s not the right game plan at the end of the day.”

Giles did say when he succeeded Geoff Wappett that he intended to change things and introduce a different style of rugby at Macclesfield Blues: do you think it was just too much to ask of the players?

“Well, Giles did change things, not just in terms of how the team played, but also in terms of rugby in general. Giles was a coach who moved with the times, and now I look back on it, I wonder whether he just maybe moved a little too quickly. Geoff was very much an advocate of the forward-orientated game, whereas Giles believed in a wider, more expansive game.”

“For my part, all I’ve done over the past few months when I’ve been in charge of the team is to try and bridge the gap between the two styles. We already had a good set piece, and had some good attacking abilities, but we struggled to bring both of those qualities to our game play consistently. We found out in National 1 that a good forward pack alone won’t win you games: you’ve got to be able to play rugby as well. So I knew we had to make some changes if we were to retain our National 2 status.”

Do you think that’s what made the difference after December, and was it that blending of the two styles of rugby that helped the Blues keep their place in the league?

“If I’m being brutally honest I’d have to say that I didn’t really change much, nor did I really have to. I knew the lads were battling against some of the ideas that Giles was trying to implement, so I simply tried to make sure that the boys were happy with what we were doing. You have to keep the players happy because they’re the ones who are going out there and playing the game. You can’t try to implement things that the players don’t want to do. If you try that, you’ll just come a cropper. So my game plan was simply this: keep the players happy, implement some of the structures they wanted to get the best out of their skill sets, put my spin on it all, and make sure I always had the final say.”

Do you not think you should take a little more credit than that for the team’s good finish to the season, given where Macclesfield Blues were languishing at Christmas?

“No, not really. I was just doing the job I’d been given. What I will take some credit for is possibly helping to build the team spirit. The one thing I have learned in my rugby career is that team spirit counts for an awful lot. I banged onto the lads constantly about it, but it is important. Team spirit wins tight games. I reckon personally that team spirit can help you gain 20 to 30 points a season. When you have a great team spirit, the boys play for each other: they play for their mates and not the badge.”

“You could clearly see how team spirit carried us through in some of the results we had in the latter part of the season; Take the game away at Sheffield. We were well and truly under the cosh for 80 minutes, but the boys dug in and came out on top. That wouldn’t have happened before Christmas, and certainly wouldn’t have happened had we not had a great team spirit.”

Will you be stepping up to the position of full time Head Coach next season?

“Yes, I have agreed to take on the role next year. I would never have seen myself as a Head Coach at this time last year. To be honest it’s not something I’ve really ever wanted to do, but you know, we are where we are. It’s been a tough few months, as I’ve had to do it all on my own, but we don’t have the resources of some of the other clubs. In spite of that, I’m quite happy to give it another go next season and see what happens.”

Would you say you’ve enjoyed the experience?

“If I’m being honest, then the answer is no, not really. The last 3 months has been hard work, not just in terms of the shortage of support staff, but also in terms of the pressure that comes with the job when you find yourself in a poor position. Hopefully now we’re looking to recruit some more backroom staff, some of the pressure will be taken off me and maybe then I’ll start to enjoy the experience more.”


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This policy describes how Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club (also referred to as “the Club”, “we”or “us”) will make use of the data we handle in relation to our members and players, including our use of the Game Management System (“GMS”) provided by the Rugby Football Union (“RFU”). The policy also describes the RFU’s use of data on GMS.

It also describes your data protection rights, including a right to object to some of the processing which we carry out. More information about your rights, and how to exercise them, is set out in the “What rights do I have?” section.

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We collect and process personal data from you or your parent when you join and when we carry out annual renewals of your membership. This includes:

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Some information will be generated as part of your involvement with us, in particular data about your performance, involvement in particular matches in match reports and details of any disciplinary issues or incidents you may be involved in on and off the pitch, such as within health and safety records.

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Sometimes, we receive information about you from third parties. For example, if you are a child, we may be given information about you by your parents.

We may receive information relating to your existing registrations with other clubs or rugby bodies or disciplinary history from the RFU through GMS. Additionally, for certain role holders or those working with children, we may receive information from the Disclosure and Barring Service and RFU on the status of any DBS check you have been required to take.

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The RFU provides GMS, but make its own use of the following information:

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  • Your type of membership and involvement in particular teams at the Club, or any key role you may have been allocated, such as Chair, Safeguarding Lead, Membership Secretary etc.

The RFU uses this information as follows:

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    others about GMS;
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    o communicating with you to ask for your opinion on RFU initiatives.
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In addition to sharing data with the RFU, we may share your data with: Local Authority Designated Officers (LADO) and Police for safeguarding purposes.

Some limited information may be shared with other stakeholders in rugby, such as other clubs, Constituent Bodies, referee societies, league organisers, so that they can maintain appropriate records and assist us in organising matches and administering the game.

Personal data may be shared with government authorities and/or law enforcement officials if required for the purposes above, if mandated by law or if required for the legal protection of our or the RFU’s legitimate interests in compliance with applicable laws.

Personal data will also be shared with third party service providers, who will process it on our behalf for the purposes identified above. Such third parties include the RFU as the provider of GMS and providers of web services Search and More who provide the newsletter.

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You have the right to ask us for a copy of your personal data; to correct, delete or restrict (stop any active) processing of your personal data; and to obtain the personal data you provide to us for acontract or with your consent in a structured, machine readable format.

In addition, you can object to the processing of your personal data in some circumstances (in particular, where we don’t have to process the data to meet a contractual or other legal requirement, or where we are using the data for direct marketing).

These rights may be limited, for example if fulfilling your request would reveal personal data about another person, or if you ask us to delete information which we are required by law to keep or have compelling legitimate interests in keeping.

You have the same rights for data held by the RFU for its own purposes on GMS.

To exercise any of these rights, you can get in touch with us– or, as appropriate, the RFU or its data protection officer – using the details set out below. If you have unresolved concerns, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Much of the information listed above must be provided on a mandatory basis so that we can make the appropriate legal checks and register you as required by RFU Rules and Regulations. We will inform you which information is mandatory when it is collected. Some information is optional, particularly information such as your medical information. If this is not provided, we may not be able to provide
you with appropriate assistance, services or support.

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We hope that we can satisfy queries you may have about the way we process your data. If you have any concerns about how we process your data, or would like to opt out of direct marketing, you can get in touch at or by writing to;

Jonathan Marsh
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Rugby Football Union
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“At the end of the day its’ all about going out there…”

At the end of the day its’ all about going out there on the pitch, trying your best and having fun.

The Senior Colts at Macclesfield Rugby Club have, this term, had their best ever season under Team Manager and Coach, George Edwards. However, George has now decided to step away from the frontline and pass the baton on to successors. Taking charge of the Senior Colts next season will be Tony King and Robert Oliver. Both of the coaches have a fine Macclesfield Rugby pedigree, so we can rest assured that the future of the Senior Colts side is in good hands.

But, what plans have they got for the team for next term? What’s their rugby philosophy, and what are they hoping to achieve when they take the helm? We caught up with Robert Oliver to get the answer to those very questions. Here’s what Robert had to say:

How did you get involved with Macclesfield Rugby Club?

“Tony [King] and I have been involved at Macclesfield Rugby Club for the last 11 or 12 years, coaching the young lads from the age of 5 up to 17. Tony’s lad plays at the Club, as do my 2 twin boys. At the start of last season, we were struggling with the Colts, as the senior side didn’t have enough players and the junior side couldn’t guarantee numbers because of school/ college and Sale and Cheshire Rugby commitments. That’s when we took the decision to merge the teams. I decided to take a break then, as there were far too many coaches, and my presence on the side lines felt somewhat superfluous. Now I’m glad to be getting back into the thick of things and am looking forward to coaching the Senior Colts next season with Tony.”

What’s your philosophy on Colts’ rugby?

“As far as I’m concerned, Colt’s rugby is all about the transition from junior rugby into senior rugby. As a Club, we have to make sure we transition those players into the 3rds and 4ths at senior levels to allow the younger players to enhance their game and provide the Club with a constant stream of fresh and eager senior talent. What we want to do next season is to develop the players and make the transition into senior rugby much easier and more seamless for them.”

“The philosophy doesn’t just apply on the pitch as I’m concerned: it applies off it too. When we looked at the players in the second team, we noticed that there’s quite a number of regimented procedures that have to happen in training and in preparation for games. What I want to do is to prepare the younger players for the transition into that more ‘professional’ senior environment.”

“Having said all that, what we will never do is to change our basic philosophy of inclusivity to facilitate the transition to senior rugby. All players are treated equally, regardless of ability. At the end of the day its’ all about going out there on the pitch, trying your best and, above all, having fun. What I want the lads to do is to look back on their time in 10-years’ time or so, and look over to me and Tony and say, we had a lots of fun with them and we enjoyed it. If they’re still playing rugby then, great: if they’re not, then that’s great too.”

What are you looking to do with the Colts next season?

“Well, we’ll work on what I’ve already talked about and prepare the lads for rugby at a more senior level. We’ll also integrate some of the Under 16s players into the group to join our existing 17 and 18-year-olds. What we’ll try to do is mirror the senior sides, and the play the game in the way they try to. Admittedly, there is an argument to say that because our existing Senior Colt’s side isn’t the biggest side in the world, we can’t necessarily play in exactly the same way. Because of the size of our team we’ve been forced to play a fast game: if we’d tried to stand toe-to-toe with some of the bigger teams, there’s a chance we’d have just been bullied off the park.”

“Still, our style of play has served us well. We play the game and only attack off 3rd and 4th phase ball. What matters for me is how you generate that 3rd and 4th phase ball. Once you done that you can then create mismatches all over the field, and punish opponents. That philosophy has worked for us over the last four or five years, and we’ve won 2 or 3 Cheshire Cups. So it’s been pretty successful. We’ve currently got 6 lads trialling with Sale Sharks, and whether they get in or not, you have to respect how far we’ve come as a team and a Club.”

Are you planning on keeping the Senior Colts in the B league, or are you planning on throwing them into the A league?

“It would be difficult to step up a league and mount a sustained and consistent assault on the A league. We’ve probably got a core of around 7 or 8 players who are of County standard. Whilst that’s great, you have to appreciate that those 7 or 8 players are going to Wilmslow High School, Kings’ School or Kirkham Grammar, so they’ll be playing school rugby on Wednesday and Saturday pretty much every week up until Christmas, Then, after Christmas they’ll potentially be playing for Cheshire Under 18s and for the North of England Under 18s. So they’d only be available for us periodically. Will Davis, for instance, has been at the Club since he was 5, but in the season just gone he only played 1 game for Macclesfield because of his involvement with Kings School, Cheshire, the North of England and Sale Sharks Academy.”

“The lads that are left at the Club, will be the ones who’ll play the bulk of the games. Sadly, if you take a rump of your best players out of the equation, you’ll be left with a very competent side, but not necessarily a side capable of sweeping all before them in a higher league. It’s not only that which concerns me though. If we’ve got a group of 22 or so players playing week-in, week-out, and suddenly we got 5 or 6 County players available for a few matches, I don’t feel it’s right or fair to automatically put them in the side at the expense of the regulars who served us well. If that does happen and we do get some players back, both Tony and I feel these players would be better served turning out for the senior sides on Saturdays and leave the Colts as they are.”

Great morning of rugby – Saturday 5th May.

Great morning of rugby. Beautiful Sunny weather favoured our Portuguese visitors. Belenenses used the dry ideal handling conditions, moved the ball well, created numerous 3 on 1 and executed them well. Macc never gave up and a spirited second half performance was an ideal way to the bring the curtain down on the boys junior rugby career. Onward and upward to Colts rugby just a small matter of GCSE’s to conquer first.