Firstly, apologies that this a little long winded but it is better to clarify now and hopefully avoid any confusion or concern ongoing.
As many of you are aware both Junior and Senior colts squads have been short on the numbers required to operate teams at both age groups. Last years experience with the senior colts proved that a large squad is required due to players commitment to school work, school rugby, school trips, representative rugby, D of E plus the other inevitable distractions and injuries of course. So rather than see both teams struggle and risk player welfare the coaches and managers have unanimously agreed, following discussion with the players, to combine as one Senior Colts squad.
We believe this will be a very positive step forward and will enable a talented group of players to develop in a way that equips them for adult rugby at Macclesfield RUFC or at an equivalent standard elsewhere should they move on to higher education or work out of the area. Creating a structure and blueprint for Macc Colts started at the beginning of last season when the Colts rugby at Macc nearly stopped altogether and this will develop further from the input of the incoming Junior colts coaches which each season should make the job of those moving up from U16’s easier and the age group stronger.
This worked very well last year with the previous seasons U16’s and U17’s joining forces in a Senior Colts squad. The transition for players to adult rugby is vital to keep lads playing and in maintaining strength in depth at the Macclesfield RUFC. Those players developed both on and off the field, taking responsibility for their rugby and (for the most part) the communication and decision making required to build a strong team.
Several of last years Colts played 2nd, 3rd and 4th team adult rugby last and this season, which is great credit to the M&J section who are helping considerably in ‘growing our own’. We will be encouraging players to have a game on a Saturday as appropriate and the regulations allow.
Most of the general communication on arrangements and information is via the Macclesfield Colts Facebook page directly to the players plus emails circulated with the same information to a wider list of parents. They may well improve communication between themselves and even the coaches as the season progresses but it doesn’t always follow that they let Mum and Dad know what’s happening! There is also “THE CHAT” which players use to update, banter and presumably to ask each other the silly questions they don’t like to ask us. Also, text, messenger etc as and when required.
Forward coaches are Tim Peakman, Matt Harding and myself. Backs coaches will be Tony King, Rob Oliver and Chris Mode (when he’s able to return) all ably assisted by Tony Wright, Dan Holden and Niall Cambell, Tony and myself will ‘manage’ the squad between us. We also have our own ’Stato’ in Toby Gold who keeps track of appearances, scorers etc and whilst anyone is welcome to snap away the senior colts were lucky enough to have Giles Salt taking some excellent match photo’s which then go on the FB page and at the end of the season were available in a presentation photo book. If anyone is able to video an odd match that would also be very useful. Senior Colts rugby is very competitive with 35 teams in five leagues, the team is currently in Senior League C and we aim to move up at least one league at the end of the Prelim’ season. Fixtures can also be found on the club website under Adult Rugby – Colts.
I hope that’s covered everything but please let us know if you have any questions and if you’ve got this far down the email apologies again for the length, I’m usually much shorter!
Macclesfield Senior Colts