Hope you are all enjoying the Summer and are looking forward to the new season……..Yes, the new season kicks off on September 5th – just 7 weeks away!
Pre Season training began on June 30th and as you can see, C.J. has been putting the boys through the mincer already!
Whilst the rugby has been missing, the work over the summer has continued and there are several exciting changes and updates to report to the Membership (in no particular order)
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH RUGBY
We are delighted to announce that a critical element of the 2014 Club Strategy has been implemented with the appointment of Chris Jones as Director of Youth Rugby for Macclesfield RFU. Chris was selected from a rigorous interview process that included a number of high quality candidates and was overseen by the club chairman, the first team coach, Tim Peakman and Rob Davies (who had led the thinking on this part of the club strategy).
Chris’ remit is:
- Improve standards across all junior and youth teams.
- Identify and develop talent.
- Develop a pathway for players to transition from the youth sides into senior rugby at Macclesfield.
- Support the age group coaches in enhancing the standard and variety of coaching provided to the children.
- Harmonise and structure the skills expectations across the age groups to prepare the children for adult and, for some, representative rugby.
- Foster links with local schools to increase recruitment and retention of players.
Chris will take overall charge of the youth rugby (U12-U18) and will focus on the U15-U18. He will be helped in his role by Paul Jakabowski (known to many in the club as Jacko) who will focus on the U12-U15 working to an agreed plan. The executive committee have asked Rob Davies to take on an oversight role for youth rugby at Macclesfield acting as an adviser and mentor to Chris and to report to the Executive on a regular basis.
Chris and Paul are already starting to plan for next season and they will be contacting the various age group coaches over the forthcoming weeks to discuss their needs. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Chris and Paul on their appointments and wish them success in this critical role. Further announcements will be made shortly about the administrative arrangements for the mini and junior section.
Chris has an impressive track record in rugby, both playing and coaching. He started playing at Wilmslow before joining Macclesfield where he has been a first team regular for eight years. He has a great deal of experience in coaching juniors taking on roles as a community coach as well as running sessions for Cheshire and the Sale Sharks at age group level. He is also now part of Giles Heagerty’s coaching team.
Chris said: “Being awarded the Director of Youth Rugby role is a real honour and I can’t wait to get started. It’s a really exciting opportunity to grow the club organically and develop local players. I plan to further develop sustainable links with the local schools and community and for the club to be a real hub for rugby in Cheshire, and see the young stars of today become the stars of tomorrow in the colours of Macclesfield Blues.”
SUMMER RUGBY CAMP AT PRIORY PARK
Chris will be running a Summer Rugby Camp at Macc Rugby Club on the 25th,26th & 27th August. Details to follow.
After several seasons of fantastic work with the Colts, Iain Taylor (Fred) has decided to stand down from the role. I`d personally like to thank Fred for his efforts and commitment to the Colts over the past few years – he`d done a great job and will be sorely missed. However, things move on and I hope to be able to announce to you next week, a very exciting appointment for this vitally important role. Watch this space!
Another change sees Mike Carolan leaving his position of Blues `Head of Performance` and Caron Doyle has also stepped down from her position of `Head of Rehab`. Both of these people have put in a fantastic shift over the past few seasons, working their magic to ensure players are back on the pitch playing rugby. A huge thanks to Mike & Caron from all at the club and whilst it`s sad to see them go, I`m delighted to announce the appointment of a new team of Physios for MRUFC, in Ross Mitchell BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy & Simon Hogan BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy
Ross brings bags of `rugby physio` experience with him having been at Super League Club St. Helens RLFC (4 seasons) and most recently holding the post of Head Physiotherapist at Warrington Wolves RLFC, whilst Simon specialises in both shoulder & knee injuries. I`d like to welcome both Ross & Simon to MRUFC.
PLAYING KIT SUPPLIER
I`m pleased to announce MRUFC have a new kit supplier in O`Neills (www.oneills.com/rugby). They will be operating a new `online shop` on the MRUFC website and all official kit should be bought from O`Neills. With regards to the Mini/Junior section, we are aware of the fact that some of you will have bought new kit for the past couple of seasons and we`re happy for you to continue wearing the Stuart Surridge kit for the 2015-16 season, however, the S.S. kit is no longer available to buy, so if new kit is needed, please go through O`Neills. For season 2016-17, please ensure all Mini/Junior kit is O`Neills.
It`s not too late to have your company logo on the Blues shirt or shorts – but act quickly as production will begin very shortly (see below for rates).
Sponsorship is available on the BLUES shirts: sleeves at £800 or £1400 for both, shirt front £1000; shorts legs £700 and below the waistband at £1000. Get the Mighty Blues behind your brand! contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
JUNIOR SECTION MANAGER
As part of the club`s 5 year strategy (and in conjunction with the appointment of the DOYR) the position of `Chairman of Mini/Junior Section has been replaced by a Junior Manager. Angela Aggersbury has held the position of Chairperson of this section for the past 3 seasons and I`d like to say a massive THANK YOU to Angela for stepping up to the plate when the position was vacated by Tony King. Angela took up the position when nobody else held up their hand, and did a sterling job in the time she was in the chair.
The new role of Junior Manager has seen the appointment of Phil Mason. Phil`s role can be summed up as below;
Remit of Junior Section Manager
- Strategic aims of the club
Aim: To develop and maintain the integration and cohesion of the youth section with MRUFC as a whole.
- Develop and implement ideas to better integrate the section
- Coordinate promotion events
- Ensure the achievements of the youth section is celebrated throughout the Club
- Produce a Youth section of the “From the Chairman” newsletter monthly
Links to Rugby
Aim: To support the DOYR in creating the pathway from U6 to Senior / Adult Rugby, ensuring consistent coaching standards are maintained.
- Communication of key issues / support requirements to DoYR
- Implementation of DOYR coaching strategy across Mini section
- Support coaches who identify talent to put in place appropriate support
- Ensure coaches qualifications are maintained to an appropriate level
- Sharks Community Coach Liaison
Aim: Undertake the practical day to day coordination and management of the Youth section
- Single point of contact (SPOC) for youth section coaches for day to day issues
- SPOC between Exec / DoYR / Bill & Bev and the youth section (TWO WAY)
- Initial arbiter for dispute resolution (with escalation as appropriate )
- Coordination of Family Day / Ball Boy arrangements
- Preparation, management and reporting of budgets
- Approval of expenditure
- Coordination of tours
- Coordination of kit purchase
- SPOC for sponsorship
- To support fixture secretary: Pitch allocation, inspection and youth section match day arrangements / U8 Cheshire Festival
Phil brings a refreshing enthusiasm for the job and I`d like to welcome Phil in his new role, and ask that the entire club get behind Phil and support him in this very important position. Phil`s `Mission Statement` sums up his objectives;
“Committed to ensure the success of the youth section continues across all age groups from 6 to 16. I’ll be pushing hard to promote further integration between the youth sections and the club. I am sure with the support of all the dedicated coaches, admin and parents we will do this”
As many of you will know (especially the MJ section), the newly laid pitches over the bank have been almost unplayable recently, due to insufficient drainage and compacted subsoil. Since the end of the season, we have spent a lot of time and money (all the money raised from the Christmas raffle plus more!) trying to improve the drainage and general quality of these pitches by using `shock waves` to blast compressed air into the ground (to break up compacted sub soil and allow water to disperse). This has been followed up by drilling hundreds of holes by means of a tractor mounted auger, these are then backfilled with drainage stone and topped with sand. All pitches have also been fertilized and re seeded.
With the Football Section reducing the number of teams (up to Under 11`s only), together with the pitch improvements, there will hopefully be sufficient pitches available for all our M.J. teams to play at Priory Park rather than at Derby Fields.
A huge vote of thanks goes to Webbers, Nemmie and the rest of the volunteer grounds staff for their efforts in trying to improve these pitches. They have put in countless unpaid hours working on this project and deserve everyone’s thanks for their efforts.
The Exec. Committee, together with Commercial Director David Wilkinson, Mike Keeling & Bill Roberts, have been planning some great social events for the coming season. Hopefully there will be something for everyone and a schedule of events, lunches etc will be published shortly once all are confirmed. We are also looking at booking Supporters Coaches to a few away games, so again, watch this space!
LUNCH DATES UP TO CHRISTMAS
Pre match lunch dates for the 2014/2015 season;
- 12th September v. Caldy – Family Fun Day – All proceeds to go to M.J. section
- 18th September – World Cup Dinner England v Fiji 8pm (see below)
- 19th September v. Preston Grasshoppers Pie Lunch
- 3rd October v. South Leicester – Sponsor’s Network and Formal Lunch followed by World Cup Dinner England v Australia 8pm (see below)
- 7th November v. Sandal – Formal Pre Match Lunch with Guest Speaker
- 5th December v. Sedgley Park Pie Lunch
- 12th December v. Chester (away) – Bus and Brunch 11am
- 19th December v. Sale FC – Christmas Dinner
FAMILY FUN DAY SATURDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER (from Phil Mason)
Dear Parent / Volunteer / Friend
On Saturday 12th September, Macclesfield Rugby Club will host the first home match of the new season (Blues .v. Caldy). The Mini and Junior Section is organising the traditional Family Fun Day around the match. We’re asking if anyone among the 440+ parents with kids at the club (and their contacts) is able to provide anything below for the benefit of the section!
- A Bouncy castle (on pitch far side of 1st team pitch) –
- Any other bouncy activities (jousting / bungee runs etc)
- Face painting (for the younger ones)
- Any other suggestions to make the day a success
Any company volunteering to provide anything is free to promote themselves on the day, and I’ll ask for a spot in the match programme for their advert – all funds raised will be for the M&J section – so PLEASE get in touch soon!!!
If you can help please contact Phil Mason (M&J Secretary) on 07738 727638 / email@example.com
WORLD CUP EVENTS
Friday 18th September 2015 – England v Fiji (already 50% sold out!!)
Opening Ceremony, informal Dinner followed by the England v Fiji game on the big screen.
WHEN: Friday 18th September 2015
WHERE: Macclesfield Rugby Club
TIME: Arrive 6:30pm, drinks, dinner, kick off at 8pm.
WHAT: Glass of fizz on arrival follow by a 3 course meal.
FREE entry to the prize draw; Televised Opening Ceremony (7pm) followed by the first game of the tournament England v Fiji from Twickenham (8pm) and much more.
TICKETS: £15.00 from Bev in the office or contact Mike Keeling.
To reserve your place, contact:-
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07870 846 269
email@example.com or call 01625 827899
Saturday 3rd October 2015 – England v Australia
This is the big one. Watch the Blues take on South Leicester with a 3pm kick-off followed by drinks and a 2 course meal before watching England take on Australia on the big screen.
WHEN: Saturday 3rd October 2015
WHERE: Macclesfield Rugby Club
TIME: Dinner 6.30pm, England kick off at 8pm.
Tickets: £10 for 2 course meal.
Come along for a full day’s rugby at the club. 1st team kick off at 3pm (normal entrance fee apply) followed by an Australian inspired dinner and England v Australia on the large screen. Busy or playing rugby during the day, and then join us just for the evening bash.
Tickets from Bev in the office.
To reserve your place, contact:- firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01625 827899
These are club events; players, ex-players, supporters, friends, wives, girlfriends, boyfriends etc – all welcome.
WORLD CUP TROPHY AT BOWDEN RUFC
“The Webb Ellis Trophy is coming to Bowdon RUFC on Saturday 25th July at 5:30 PM.
We are running a family fun day to recognise this event, enabling people to make a whole afternoon/evening of a Saturday in late July.
We will have food stalls, activity and interest stalls, a Brass band and of course the bar will be open.
The event is in conjunction with Sale Sharks with some Sharks players joining in some of the activities
Our ‘gates’ open at 2PM. There will be plenty of car parking that will be marshaled, and we have a £5 car parking charge per car.
Can you please distribute this to your club members, providing them with the opportunity to attend, enjoy the afternoon, and get a photo with the Trophy.
Link attached for further details
If you have any questions please ask.”
World Cup Trophy Festival 23/07/15 at Chester Race Course
SEE BELOW, JUST RECEIVED FROM CHESHIRE RFU.
IF INTERESTED IN ENTERING, CONTACT; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
With one of the world’s biggest tournaments only 6 months away we have been lucky enough to be included as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.
On the evening of July 23rd the Web Ellis Trophy will be at Chester Racecourse and it will be a chance for you to come and see this magnificent
trophy ‘up close and personal’.
We are looking to host a Festival of Touch Rugby which will be open to all clubs in the Cheshire & Merseyside area to enter. The plan is to have upwards of 500 people participating in touch rugby in a very social format, catering for all abilities.
The Trophy is set to arrive at approximately 6.30pm however we would like to begin the festival from 6pm.
There will be places to buy drinks and food during the evening making it a perfect family affair.
At the end of the evening it would be great to take a picture to include a representative from each and every club in Cheshire & Merseyside wearing their respective club shirt, hopefully standing next to the trophy, a potential one off picture that, in all likelihood, will never be repeated. We would really appreciate a big effort from all clubs to enter a team or at the very least send a club representative.
We would like to invite your club to attend the evening and attached is the official invitation for you to look at and a reply form to be sent back to myself.
If you have any questions please let me know, but there are some FAQs below.
What is minimum age?
Age 14 is the minimum age to play on the same pitch as adults for this Touch Festival.
What about people younger than 14 years?
We will be providing a couple of pitches for players who would like to try Touch Rugby Under 14 years old but not younger than 10 years old.
Is it for Mixed Gender?
Yes this is for girls, boys, men’s or ladies to take part in. We would ideally like 2 ladies per team for the adults part of the festival.
What Rugby Knowledge do you need?
Touch Rugby is for people of all abilities from the novice to the player who just wants to stay fit. There is no restriction on ability and we encourage people who have never played before to take part.
Is this a competition?
There is no competition or Trophy/prizes, this is a chance for lots of people to enjoy an evening at the Racecourse to play some social rugby. Plus have the ability to see the Webb Ellis Trophy up close and personal. It is a one off event in our area so it’s all about taking part and having a fun evening. If a pitch is free we will be just looking for people to go on it and play a game of Touch.
If it’s not a competition why the reply form?
The reply form is for us to be able to have an idea of potentially how many people will be coming so we have enough staff at the event, set up enough pitches and have enough equipment. It also gives the Racecourse an approximate idea of how much space and car parking we will need.
That`s probably enough for 1 newsletter, so I`ll sign off now, but look out for more news over the next couple of weeks!