About our Club
Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club is a totally inclusive organisation which believes in developing its players throughout their journey from Mini to Junior and Youth rugby, and eventually into the Senior game where the National Stage beckons to showcase their skills. Situated in 27 acres of Cheshire green belt the Club fields five Senior sides and a comprehensive, successful range of Youth, Mini and Junior sides. After having a number of different grounds, M.R.U.F.C. came to Priory Park in 1980, which is just a “stone’s throw” of its first ever site in 1877. Among a number of notable land marks since the move, an extremely significant one involved M.R.U.F.C. being one of only 12 Clubs who took part in the RFU’s first structured pilot league known as the “North West Girobank League”. The success of this trial gave the RFU the impetus to roll out its league system over the whole country and since that first pilot back in the mid eighties the Blues have always been involved in the League structure.
Macclesfield RUFC Senior Teams
The playing section is lead by the 1st XV, better known as “The Blues”, who finished a creditable 4th in their first ever season in National Division One. Many 1st XV players have represented the County and some have also received national honours with the England Counties XV. Premiership and Championship clubs have also come calling with many former Blues ‘graduating’ to the national stage mentioned above.
The Second Team known as the “Lions” have had a very successful run in their league and Cup and both these teams form the Senior Squad with a strong back-up team lead by Director of Rugby Geoff Wappett and Head Coach Andy Northey, providing the experience so crucial to achieving these results.
Whilst the squad offer high quality rugby to those wishing to aspire to a more challenging level, the social rugby scene is as popular as ever with the 3rd XV, 4th XV and 5th XV (Veterans) playing in a Regional League system sponsored by the University of Salford. If your desire is to participate in the game at a less demanding level, then any of these teams would love to hear from you, whatever your age or experience.
Macclesfield RUFC Youth and Development Teams
The Senior Squad coaches continue to look to promote from within the Club and at present there are a number of players involved in the Squad who have come through the Club system. This will enable the Club to continue its desire to see homegrown talent grace the ‘Blues’ for years to come.
Macclesfield RUFC Mini and Junior Teams
It was during the early to mid nineties when the Club capitalised on its strengths with success in both league and cup competitions. This was based around a group of players who had all come through the Mini/Junior age groups together to represent the 1st XV taking Macclesfield through two promotions in three years. The enthusiasm, passion and strength of its Mini/Junior and Youth sections which nurtured and developed that team, still rings true today. With over 400 boys and girls registered, their success continues to make news not only locally and regionally but nationally too. This last season has seen the 10, 11 and 12’s all appear at Twickenham on the Guinness Premiership Final Day playing in their own finals. But these age groups are not the only ones who have filled the trophy cabinets over the past few years. Many others have won various tournaments and festivals ranging from County Festivals to the prestigious Nottingham Tournament.
None of this success could be achieved without the hard work of the coaches and the support of the volunteers and parents. The aim of the section is to never turn away a child. This inclusiveness, which is at the centre of the Club’s principles has played its part in creating this section. Each year since 2003 there have been significant increases in young players from the age of five joining the Club. If you are interested in bringing your son or daughter please contact the Club office for more information.