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’ four 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” away from 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 helped give the RFU the impetus to roll out its league system over the whole country and since that first pilot scheme back in the mid-eighties the Blues have always been involved in the League structure.
Macclesfield RUFC Senior Teams
The playing section is led by the 1st XV, better known as “The Blues”. Numerous promotions over a number of years saw them rise to their highest ever league finish – a creditable 4th in their first season in National Division One in Season 2010/11. 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 top two divisions including the likes of Dan Baines, Tom Cruse and the brothers Charlie and Fergus Mulchrone.
The Second Team known as the “Lions” compete in the Bateman BMW Premier League consistently finishing in the top two or three whilst often doing the double of winning both the league and league Cup competition. Over the years the success of this side stems from the policy of introducing the Clubs youth section players into the adult environment alongside experienced senior players with the intention of developing them into 1st team National league players.
Whilst the squad (The Blues and Lions) offer high quality rugby to those wishing to aspire to a more challenging level, the social rugby scene is catered for with the 3rd XV and 4th XV, both 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 either of these teams would love to hear from you, whatever your age or experience.
Macclesfield RUFC Youth Teams
As the whole of the Sport has suffered from the fall off of young players leaving the game, the Youth section fluctuates between having two Colts sides (Senior and Junior) and just one. Again like the adult teams they play competitive league Rugby every week and are supported by an extensive coaching and medical team.
As one of M.R.U.F.C.’s guiding principles is developing its own players, 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 Senior Squad who have come through the Club system. This on-going policy ensures the Club continues its desire to see home grown talent grace the ‘Blues and the Lions’ 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 an average of 400 boys and girls registering each season, their success continues to make news locally and regionally. Each season sees success at many age group levels both in the numbers participating and the winning of silverware.
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.