Ground: Priory Park
League: 1st XV “The Blues” play in Regional 1 North West
About the club: Macclesfield Rugby Union Football Club is a totally inclusive organisation which believes in developing its players throughout their journey from Mini into the senior game where the National Stage beckons to showcase their skills.
Notably, our Tommy Taylor, a former Macclesfield Rugby youngster, played for Macclesfield from the under 6s until he was picked up by Sale Sharks. Taylor made 14 appearances for the Macclesfield first team and looks back on his time with The Blues with great fondness.
“My time at Macc was great, its my hometown club, I was there from the u6s so to then get to play first team was great. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I should have whilst I was there, I was pretty nervous every time I played in the first team for Macc! It did me the world of good.”
Sharklinks: There’s been a number of players in the modern era that have been developed in the Mini and Junior section at ‘Macc’ and have gone on to represent the Sharks. Dan Baines, Cam Neild, Fergus Mulchrone and Sam James have all honed their skills at Priory Park.
Recently, four Macc lads shined for the u16’s Sharks Academy in a mighty win against Wasps back in April. Read more here.
Unsung Club Hero: None of this success could be achieved without the hard work of the coaches and the support of the volunteers and parents. The aim of the section is to never turn away a child. This inclusiveness, which is at the centre of the Club’s principles has played its part in creating this section. Each year since 2003 there have been significant increases in young players from the age of five joining the Club.
Club Goals: As one of M.R.U.F.C.’s guiding principles is developing its own players involved in the Senior Squad who have come through the Club system. This on-going policy ensures the Club continues its desire to see home grown talent grace the ‘Blues and the Lions’ for years to come. The enthusiasm, passion and strength of its Mini/Junior and Youth sections which nurtured and developed that team, still rings true today. With an average of 400 boys and girls registering each season, their success continues to make news locally and regionally.
Read more about Macc here.