Macclesfield Rugby Club Under 7′s Page
Macclesfield Rugby Club Under 7′s Page
It’s all about having fun while starting to learn the basic skills and core values of the game at Macclesfield Rugby Club Under 7′s: teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline & sportsmanship. Macclesfield Rugby Club Under 7′s have a vibrant squad of players and a fantastic very committed coaching team. We always look to do lots of extra social activities to build team spirit as well. We are always looking for new players and anyone interested should contact Amanda or Rick who’s details can be found on the left.
December 14th Marple (a)
December 21st Lads v Dads/Mums
January 4th Training (TBC)
January 11th Chester (a)
January 17th Flag Day Blues v Darlington Mowden Park
January 18th Sheffield Tigers (h)
February 21st Half Time Tag at Sale Sharks v Saracens
Altrincham Away Match Report and Players of the Week 7th Dec
On the first particularly cold and miserable Sunday we’ve had so far this year it was off to Altrincham for Macclesfield Rugby Under 7′s. We took four teams of 5 or 6 players with us and on arrival found Altrincham had three teams. We quickly got some high energy training exercises going to keep all the lads warm while Altrincham organised themselves. Two games started fairly quickly and immediately Macclesfield looked to have the stronger teams Will Oliver was on fire showing some fantastic footwork despite the boggy conditions and Macclesfield’s defence was awesome with all players looking to relentlessly tag opponents this pressure lead to lots of turnovers which were converted into tries for Macclesfield . After what seemed like an age we finally managed to get a third game underway which followed a similar pattern to the other two in that Macclesfield’s pressure defence and attacking prowess were just to much for a very ragged Altrincham side who really weren’t up for it in the cold conditions. Dylan Reens had his best game yet scoring a great try and also doing some fantastic tagging. At the final whistle Altrincham informed us that that was it and that particular team had had enough and were calling it a day which left us with one team having not played at all. We quickly rallied round there other teams and luckily they managed to find four players who agreed to play one more game so at least all our teams had played. A great game ensued with both teams showing some superb skills it was very evenly matched until an Alty player got injured all there other players had gone so Austin Keogh agreed to play for them and probably just tipped the match in their favour with a couple of brilliant tries. All in all not the most enjoyable Sunday we’ve had but credit to all the Macclesfield Players who despite the awful conditions showed 100% commitment to play regardless.
Training 30th November Players of the Week
Another heavily defence/tagging focused training session again on Sunday at an overcast Priory Park. Macclesfield Under 7′s all worked very hard throughout the session and the coaches are looking forward to hopefully seeing a vast improvement in defence at this weeks game. It has been discussed that with so many games and not many training sessions it is proving difficult to work on improving player skills over the course of the year perhaps we need to add a mid week session to help watch this space…..
Stand out performances this week were from Olly Curwen who took home the Player of the Week Trophy and Theo Collins who took home the Performance of the Week. Well done to both.
Stockport Home Match Report and Players of the Week 23rd Nov
On an overcast dreary Sunday morning Macclesfield Rugby Under 7′s entertained Stockport at Priory Park. Macclesfield had 5 teams to Stockport’s 4 so a round robin of tag games commenced at 10.30am. It was immediately apparent that the defence focussed training session from the week before had really helped Macclesfield get organised. Stockport were finding it difficult to break down Macclesfield’s defence and all teams were tagging relentlessly forcing Stockport into making errors. Macclesfield’s finishing was also ruthless particularly Cillian who scored 3 quick tries in the first couple of minutes of his game. As the games progressed through the morning it was apparent that Stockport had some great players and were scoring some fantastic individual tries but lacked Macclesfield’s teamwork and cohesiveness which meant that by the end of most games Macclesfield were ahead. Pitches to play on as ever are a problem having no line markings is far from ideal and with one of the pitches fairly waterlogged it soon turned into a mud bath and became almost unplayable despite it being very early in the season. There were some fine displays on Sunday Austin was excellent again and Harry Boyd and Oliver Curwen are really increasing in confidence with each game which is great to see. Stand out performances though came from Ben Ainsworth (Player of the Week) and Alfie jennings (Performance of the Week) who were both excellent in attack and defence throughout all the games.
Lots more images from Sunday here:
Training Report and Players of the Week 16th Nov
With it becoming apparent over the last few games that Macclesfield Rugby Under 7′s defence was not as good as it could be a tagging/defence focused training regime was embarked upon at Priory Park on Sunday. This is aimed at improving players confidence when tagging and so then improve our defence as a whole. The session went really well and we hope to see some improvements on Sunday when playing Stockport at Home. Due to the old Player of the Week Trophy suffering a breakage we have a new shiny trophy we also took the opportunity to introduce a new Trophy that is aimed at rewarding an outstanding action that week. Player of the Week this week was Jack Jones who did some really good and consistent tagging and listened really well. Action of the Week winner was Sam who supported other players really well in the tag games. Congratulations to both.
Bowden Away Match Report and Player of the Week 9th Nov
Macclesfield Rugby U7′s provided 4 strong sides against Bowden on Sunday despite several players being missing due to remembrance service activities. A hard fought encounter was played out with both sides scoring some fantastic tries and Bowden exhibiting a strong defensive effort which was difficult to break down at times. Some great go forward was provided by Alfie Jennings, complemented by strong supporting tries from Will O, Will F, Austin, Oscar and Luke to name but a few. Defence was much improved this week (although more work is needed) with superb displays by Ben A and particularly Cillian which earned him player of the week!
Rochdale Home Match Report and Player of the Week Nov 2nd
Another lovely Sunday morning at Priory Park saw Macclesfield Rugby Under 7′s take on Rochdale. Rochdale bought two teams to our five so we had to do a bit of a round robin to ensure al teams played Rochdale. Macclesfield showed some great individual attacking play but also some fantastic team tries mainly created through excellent support play. The only negative was Rochdale definitely had the upper hand defensively they were pressing us well and tagging superbly. Head coach Mike was very disappointed with our defence and is looking forward to a training session so we can get this area of our game up to the same standard as the attack. All in all a great morning with most games being either won or drawn with one loss only. Player of the Week was again a very difficult decision however Mathew Dowd put in a great all around display his support play was superb as was his defence the amount of effort he put in meant by the end of the games he was shattered. Well done Mathew.
Winnington Park Away Match report and Player of the Week Oct 27th
Macclesfield Rugby Under 7′s had there first away fixture at Winnington Park on Sunday despite half term we still fielded 17 players in 3 teams. Winnington had a few more players but 3 teams also. It was also noted they also had two beautifully marked out pitches with crisp white lines making it much easier for players and referee than just cones (We have been already talking to the club about marked pitches and hope to have some soon). Play got under way and Macclesfield looked the better organised teams especially in defence (Summer training has definitely helped us get the edge). The purple team (Sam, Jack, Theo, Oscar, Ethan) in particular were tagging ferociously at times and driving Winnington backwards and eventually turning the ball over. Throughout the course of the morning some fantastic individual tries were scored however as coaches we love to see players working together to create tries and particular mention goes to Mathew Dowd who’s support play was excellent and resulted in him combining with Austin Keogh in open play to score a wonderful try. Player of the Week was as ever a very difficult decision but this week Luke was awarded the trophy after scoring some fantastic solo tries and also working very hard in defence. Well done Luke. Big thanks also to Winnington Park for hosting us.
Training and Player of The Week Oct 19th
With Warrington cancelling late on in the week it was back to training for the Macclesfield Under 7′s at Priory Park. Cracking turnout again numbers wise and a very enjoyable session for all Head Coach Mike is coming up with some great variations in drills which means the players are constantly engaged and not bored from week to week.
Player of the Week was Jack who has really grown in confidence this year he put in an excellent training session and scored a couple of cracking tries. Well done Jack keep up the good work.
Chester Match Report and Player of the Week October 12th
Manchester Festival Match Report Oct 12th
Both teams at Manchester played extremely well! By far out shining some of the other clubs in their organisation and passing skills (well done Mike!) although we weren’t keeping score it did look as though we would have won or drawn all of our games.
Also I’d like to point out excellent behaviour from the boys off the pitch it was a long day for them and all were great in between games and very sporting as we had the chance to get an extra game in if we could lend a player to west park and all of the boys were happy to accommodate so we could get extra game time an all round great day and great support from the parents as well.
Special mention has to go to Austin who also picked up The Sportsman Ship Award for helping an opponent up off the floor after a collision.
Flag Day Blues v Tynedale Report Oct 11th
What a fantastic turnout we had for our first official Macclesfield Rugby Club Under 7′s flag day. Massive thanks to all the parents for bringing the players down we hope you enjoyed the day as much as the lads did. Special mention to Alfie who was official mascot. The Blues started well against Tynedale but unfortunately no amount of extra support and enthusiastic flag waving from the Under 7′s could prevent Macc eventually going down 24 – 60 to Tynedale.
Sale Sharks v London Welsh Game Visit Report 20/9/2014
Wow what a day. As you are aware Macclesfield Rugby Under 7′s had 10 places to go and watch Sale Sharks play London Welsh at the AJ BELL stadium. Sale scored very early in the game but London Welsh rallied and half time score was 15-3 to Sales advantage. Just before halftime we were called up to prepare to go on the pitch. Quick photo shoot under the posts with Sharky (Mascot) then it was time to play. It was amazing to see the 2 x teams on the pitch totally unfazed by the 4,953 fans in the ground and some good attack and defence skills were on display. All too son it was time to finish and take our seats for the second half. Initially it was tightly contested but Sale got stronger and stronger and with three quick tries at the end final score was SALE SHARKS 46 London Welsh 8.
All concerned had a fantastic day and I can highly recommend the day out. We will be looking to do a similar thing in the near future to give those that missed out this time the opportunity.
COACHES FURTHER IMPROVEMENT TRAINING – 23/09/14
We are pleased to announce that Dan Sutton one of the coaches has now completed his Level 1 RFU course. This was completed over 3 days during the summer. The course covered:
- Safely organise and supervise rugby union activities.
- Demonstrate an understanding of & ability to coach:handling skills,tackling, contact & continuity, 5 „man- scrum,‟ and line-out throwing & support techniques.
- Demonstrate an understanding of: player development, good coaching practice, coaching skills, health and safety, laws of the game of rugby union.
- Identify and adapt rugby union activities and sessions for a variety of different age groups.
Dan has been passing on his knowledge to the other coaches and we hope to actually run two more coaches through the course later this year. This obviously demonstrates the coaching teams desire/commitment to continue to train Macclesfield Rugby Under 7′s to the highest standard we can. As ever we hope you can see the improvements we are making and if you have any questions at all don’t hesitate to talk to a coach after training.
COACHES FURTHER IMPROVEMENT TRAINING – 17/3/14
As you already know all the coaches of the Macclesfield rugby Under 7′s are new to the roles. We are all enthusiastic about teaching rugby but are also aware of the need to constantly improve our own coaching skills. On Monday night we all attended a “Start Coaching TAG Rugby” Course at MRUFC the aims of the course are below.
- An understanding of how to deliver a safe and enjoyable practical session.
- Knowledge of how to coach and improve skills through games.
- An understanding of the application of a game-sense approach.
- Knowledge of the rules of tag rugby.
- The ability to apply of the rules of tag rugby (refereeing).
The course is run by the RFU and was a very enjoyable evening for all. It is very hands on with all the coaches actually taking part in a training session and games so we could try first hand what we are asking the lads to do. It was all very competitive and we got a massive amount from the course and gained lots of new idea’s for training and clarified some area’s that we were unsure of. We immediately put some of our new learning into play on Sunday and hope you continue to see improvements in the way we coach going forward. As ever if parents have any questions or concerns they can approach any of the coaches after a session.
Macclesfield Rugby CLUB KIT
The Macclesfield Rugby Kit is available from Surridge Sport and link to there website is below:
It would be great to see a few more lads up in the Macclesfield Rugby clubhouse after training they get chance to continuing bonding in a more social environment. Its also a great opportunity for coaches and parents to chat as well. Coffee, Tea, hot chocolate and food are available and if that doesn’t persuade you the bar is also open!!! Hopefully the lads will soon be getting meal tickets on a regular basis as well.
Joining / Try the Game:
We are always looking for new players at the macclesfield rugby under 7′s, and happily welcome all. It would be great if current players could invite friends along to try it. New starters wishing to try the game out are encouraged to come along to training on sundays at 10.15am on the to the left of the clubhouse near the AstroTurf pitch. Its all about having fun while starting to learn the basic skills and core values of the game teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline & sportsmanship.
More information on tag Rugby can be found at the links below:
Support our boys: Macclesfield Minis and Junior 500 club
The Mini & Junior Macclesfield rugby section is running a 500 club with proceeds spent on the Mini & Junior Section. This is a great way to support your club and stand a chance of winning a prize – a win, win!! Each ticket costs £1 per month (there is no Maximum amount of tickets you can buy), so for the cost of a pint of beer you can have 4 tickets and 4 chances to win every month.
The prizes are split as follow: 50% of the proceeds go to the Mini & Junior Section to be spent on the children and 50% of the proceeds as prizes. There are 4 monthly draw prizes made of 80% of the prize fund with the remaining 20% going towards a yearly accumulator. All you need to do is complete the attached Direct Debit form and hand it into Bev or Bill at the Rugby Club.
Player safety and expectations
Macclesfield rugby Under 7′s request all players must have a responsible adult present for all training and matches.
We are lucky to have such well-behaved lads overall. However, we want a fun, competitive and most importantly safe environment and will therefore be strict in our encouragement of boys to stop when the whistle blows, to listen/concentrate to coaches and to pay attention. Please reinforce this message on the way to the club on a Sunday morning.
Many thanks Amanda and the Team.