Fun and Games at Priory Park last week

There was plenty of rugby played at Priory Park last week, besides the big match on Saturday the Walking Rugby guys were hard at it as was the Touch-Rugby group; the Mini and Junior section had some big games and the Girls and Ladies had Inner Warrior Camp.

Start them young!

It’s a true adage that sport, and rugby in particular, is a great part of growing up and learning life skills: Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline & Sportsmanship. And the Minis at Macclesfield RUFC is the very start of this relationship of sport and life-long life skills.

The Mini management report that after a turbulent first season of dipping in and out of lockdowns, 25 players from Macclesfield RUFC U6s played their first friendly match against an opposition side from Manchester RUFC.

The boys and girls played on the main pitch, as a curtain-raiser, prior to the 1st XV match against Sheffield Tigers. Both teams played their first-ever competitive game of Tag Rugby against another club, loads of great sportsmanship was on display, finishing with over 30 happy, smiling, faces (and of course, nuggets and chips). The team is looking forwards to next season and welcome anyone down to come and have a go! Contact phil@philmason.co.uk for more details.

8 out of 9 for the Under Elevens

On Friday night, Macclesfield RUFC Under 11’s welcomed visiting teams from Wigan and Trentham to Priory Park. Three pitches were marked out on the Main Pitch under the floodlights as 80 children took to the field. Much to the delight of parents, the Staff at Priory Park had provided seating at tables of 6 and were serving food and drink in accordance with the current regulations. On the pitch the competition was fierce, Trentham is unbeaten in Staffordshire and relished coming to Macc for a new challenge, while Wigan is always strong opposition due to their children also playing Rugby League.

Macclesfield’s Under 11’s are one of the most successful teams in the North West, so a chance to play us, on our main pitch is a sought-after fixture for other contenders. The young Lions of Macclesfield defended Priory Park with skill, aggression and passion; and displayed all the values that make us love our sport of Rugby with Teamwork, Enjoyment, Respect, Discipline and Sportsmanship. Our Macclesfield boys played a total of 9 matches in the evening winning all but just one! The night was a huge success, and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to Prior Park to watch Rugby at all ages and levels as the restrictions gradually lift.

The Macc girls at the inner warrior session

INNER WARRIOR AT PRIORY PARK

Allianz Inner Warrior is a series of rugby fitness training camps for Women and Girls aged 11 and over, run by rugby clubs across the country. The camps are designed as a great introduction to rugby for those that have never played or for those who want to get back playing after some time away.

Warrior Camps are great fun and hugely rewarding, encouraging you to challenge yourself and learn new skills alongside other like-minded females. Team sports and group activities are also a fantastic way to stay motivated with your fitness training and provide a great outdoor alternative.

The Warrior Camps also welcome back any players who previously hung up their boots for a few seasons, this could be the perfect opportunity to find a club, make new friends and ease back into the game.

The ladies at the inner warrior session

Here Liz Jarratt reports on the session held at Priory Park over the weekend.

Macclesfield RUFC hosted their annual Inner Warrior event on Saturday, for both Women and Girls from 9 years old. The day was a huge success with members of our Girls’ Team bringing a few friends down to training, alongside some younger girls currently playing in our U9’s. For over 2 hours, they worked on the passing game, the ‘Tower of Power’ and playing quick games of Ready4Rugby Touch. The Ladies’ Team were also joined by a few new recruits and were also put through their paces, working on passing and defending. To top the morning off we were thrilled to be joined by Carys Hall, a winger from the Sale Sharks Women’s team, who helped run some training games and then answered questions from both the girls & the women about her rugby journey and experiences.

The event was a great success and numbers show that, even in a difficult year, women’s rugby is in a really strong position at Priory Park. After some fantastic coverage of the Women’s Six Nations recently and the upcoming Women’s Rugby World Cup in 2022, it is a fantastic time to get involved in the sport. We always welcome new members to our training; Girls train on Tuesday evenings & Saturday mornings, whilst the Women train on Tuesday evenings from 7 pm. Anyone who wishes to find out more can contact us at maccrugbygirls@gmail.com for more information.


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