Under 12s Info

 Head Coach : Paul Underhill (paul.underhill@gmail.com / 07770 947986)

Administration : Amber Owens (avo1307@gmail.com / 07931 307004)

Assistant Coaches : Shane Owens (Club Child Protection Officer) / Kevin Wright / Jim Welch / Elden Burke / Chris Miller / Carl Downes


Welcome to the Under 12’s Web Page!



New Rules of Play – Updated

New rules for 2015-16 season are now out and visible on :-  New U12 Rules

The key elements of the Under 12s Rules of Play are:

• Team numbers: 11 or 12 a-side

• Maximum pitch size: 60 metres x 43 metres

• Ball Size: 4

• Up to 40 minutes playing time

• Continuation of the contested strike

• Nearest 5 players in scrum (all players trained, late specialisation)

• No limit on numbers contesting for the ball including in the maul and ruck

• Introduction of the hand off – below the armpits


FIXTURES Club (H) or (A) Date  
6th Sept Training   6th Sept  
13th Sept Training   13th Sept  
19-20th Sept Kings of the North Tour to Leicester Tigers / Nuneaton training session  A 20th Sept  
27th Sept Training H 27th Sept  
U7,U9,U11 H
4th Oct MAN FESTIVAL U7-10  A 4th Oct  
STOCKPORT Festival U7-12  A  
11th Oct LEEK U7-11 A 11th Oct  
MAN FESTIVAL U11/12      
18th Oct BOWDON CHESHIRE CUP A 18th Oct  
U10/11 Sedbergh
25th Oct SALE SCORPIONS H 25th Oct  
1st Nov HEATON MOOR   1st Nov  
8th Nov SANDBACH H &A 8th Nov  
15th Nov STOCKPORT U7-9 H 15th Nov  
STOCKPORT U10-12 A    
22nd Nov CHESTER H 22nd Nov  
29th Nov WARRINGTON H 29th Nov  
6th Dec Didsbury Toc  A 6th Dec  
U7/8/9/10 Sheffield Tigers A
13th Dec ROCHDALE H 13th Dec  
20th Dec LADS AND DADS   20th Dec  
2016 XMAS/New year   2016  

 Wednesday training nights

Astro schedule is starting when the dark nights draw in (before that point we may as well play on the grass). Dates will be Weds 2nd Sept then every other week so dates of :-

16th Sept / 30th Sept / 14th Oct etc.  Timing from 6-7pm

Membership forms

Membership forms and mini/junior information for the 2015-16 season are here

Playing kit

Please contact the club office

Player safety

All players must have a responsible adult present for all training and matches. One adult may look after a number of players as long as the coaches know who will take responsibility for any given player if required.

All players must wear a fitted gum shield/mouth guard.

All players must wear approved studs on boots (e.g. aluminium kite marked rugby studs).

Scrum caps are not mandated.

Teamer:  match fixtures etc will go out via Teamer again this year. Please check your details are correct and up to date on Teamer to make sure you get the information.


Match / Tour Reports

U12’s Stockport Festival 4th October 2015

On a gloriously sunny Sunday morning at Stockport Rugby Club, the Macc U12’s arrived half asleep for their first day of competitive rugby for the 2015-16 season.

We were drawn in a group with Sandbach, Waterloo and Didsbury Toc H.

The lads initially lost to a much improved Sandbach and then Waterloo, but after a mid tournament “pep talk” from the coaches secured a win over Didsbury Toc H.

This strangely qualified us into the semi final of the 2nd tier competition of the Plate, where we met old rivals Wilmslow. The boys were definitely up for this encounter and controlled the game in every department, taking a half time lead of 1-0 with a fantastic side to side flowing move with the ball going through all hands to score in the corner. Wilmslow snatched a dying seconds draw with a charge down, but Macc progressed to the final on the “scoring first” rule.

The final was vs Waterloo, who eventually ran out winners against a tiring Macc side.

Macc collected their medals, and even met up with “Sharky” in the afternoon sun.

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I was really proud of the boys, who eventually showed great spirit and teamwork, in their first outing to the newly released U12 rules!

Thanks go to the festival organisers, who pulled off a great day played in a lovely friendly atmosphere.

U12’s Mini Tour of East Midlands Weekend 19-20th Sept 2015

On a bright, but nippy, sunny Saturday morning, the Macc U12’s assembled. Some with weary heads (and that’s just the adults!) to embark on the brief journey to Leicester Tigers training morning at Queen Anne’s college, Leicester University. Community coaches put the boys through their paces, whilst the parents enjoyed a coffee and cake. The boys had a great session, learning lots of new skill

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After a quick shower (or not in some cases), the boys did a very interesting Q&A session with injured Tigers player Miles Benjamin. He gave an interesting insight into the life of a pro rugby player. A great role model for the boys to look up to.

A short 10 min walk ensued to Welford Road for a burger and a quick go on the laser timer for throwing the fastest spin pass. This was won by Chris “Windy” Miller with a close second place to disgruntled Elden Burke by 0.1 of a second.


We then mingled with the pre-game crowds as anticipation built, and even met some rugby royalty Rory Underwood and posed for photos. Some of the parents seemed to be start struck, and also met the enormous Logovi’i Mulipola.

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The Macc possy then took their seats for the game vs Newcastle Falcons, with some good end-to-end rugby on offer as lots of players keen to impress whilst some were away at the World Cup.

At half time, the parents re-stocked their drinks vessels, whilst the boys did a lap of honour around the pitch and had their photo taken on the half way line.


After the final whistle the boys gathered under the main stand and posed for selfies as various players made the trek from the changing rooms to the hospitality area. Tom Croft below with a few “Macc Lads.”


The touring party then boarded the coach to a nearby hotel for an evening meal, whilst watching the RWC, and the parents relaxed with a few drinks.


Following an “early night,” and a hearty breakfast the party moved onto Nuneaton RUFC for a training session with our hosts, followed by a meal in the clubhouse afterwards. The club was very friendly, and all the boys mingled in, with the true spirit of the sport.

On the coach on the way home, I asked some of the boys their favourite thing from the weekend, and the consensus was “Playing Hide and Seek” in the hotel children’s play area. :-/

Nothing to do with the rugby, and more about forging friendships and camaraderie, which is great!

A good weekend was had by all, and everyone is looking forward to the next one!

Thanks go to the organisers “Sports & Corporate Tours,” and the parents for giving the boys the opportunity to experience this kind of event.



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