Pre-Season and Cheshire Cup

Before the main season kicks off, the Sale FC and Sale FC 2’s have some pre-season games.

The evening games at Heywood road will KO as follows

  • Cheshire Cup Sale FC vs Chester 7:45
  • Sale FC vs Jed-Forest 7:45
  • Sale FC 2  vs Littleborough 7:30
  • Sale FC 2 vs Stoke on Trent 7:30

Mike Hughes Re-Joins Sale FC as 2nd XV Player/Coach

Chairman of Rugby Paul Kelly is pleases to announce that Mike Hughes has been appointed as 2nd XV player/coach.  He takes over from Andrew ‘Jibbo’ Jibson who stepped down after a number of years at the end of last season.  We see this is an important role as we look to develop our younger players and compete in the new Raging Bull Premier League. In developing the club over the next few years it’s important to improve the pathway from Senior Colts to Senior Rugby. 

Mike is a local lad who made his senior rugby debut at Sale FC as a 17th year old and played for 6 seasons before joining Stockport RUFC as the Backs player/coach.  He has also been backs/assistant coach for Manchester University.

Mike said –

‘it is great to be back at Sale FC where I first played senior rugby. I’m really looking forward to the challenge in what will be a tough league. We have an exciting crop of young players that I hope to help and support as they progress on as senior players’.

Open Day at Sale FC

Yesterday we had our registration and Open Day down at Heywood Road.  After we all watched the Lions beat The All Blacks over a hot breakfast, the children got their kit on and trained out on the pitch.  The new community Coach Andy Hughes went around and introduced himself to the players and coaches and had a chat about plans and objectives for the season.

We also had some players come down and get involved in coaching the older age groups.  Druw Fray and Dan Birchall worked with the under 15’s.

Under 15’s forward Matt, they had some fun during the session and the players helped them work on lifting in the lineouts.  Having such talented players take time out during the off season was really helpful to the team.

Under 14’s Lock Quinn, said that having new signing Harvey Derby and club favourite Joe “Donut” Kelly was absolutely brilliant.  Having them work on lineout throws, controlling the ball at the base of the scrum was a great session.

Congratulations to Connor Doherty

This July Connor Doherty will be heading to the Bahamas as part of England’s 7’s Team for the Commonwealth Youth Games.

Connor who plays in our Colts team has already represented England and is part of the Sale Sharks Academy set up.  This is another step in the development of not only Connor as a player but recognition that the North West and Sale in particular is becoming a hot spot for developing rugby talent.

Aside from playing at Sale FC, Connor was also a part of the Sale Sharks Under 18’s who reached the Finals for Premiership Rugby U18’s.

Sale FC Rugby Foundation

Sale FC are delighted to announce the launch of Sale FC Rugby Foundation.  The Foundation will start this season with a Community Coach from our own first team.  Andy Hughes will for the next 12 months coach in local schools at all age groups with both girls and boys to get rugby back into prominence in the school system in Trafford.  This project has been funded entirely from sponsorship in the minis and juniors section at Sale FC.

There are currently 28 sponsors who’ve stepped forward to enable us to launch this fantastic initiative. We will thank each of our sponsors individually throughout the season and each sponsor will have their logo on the car being provided to Andy for his work.

Andy Hughes Says
My aim at Sale FC is to increase participation in the sport of rugby, supporting talent and provide an opportunity for young people to enjoy playing sport and to sustain their activity levels. Rugby is a sport that can be enjoyed by a range of ages, and there are plenty of age groups at Sale FC that will welcome new players and show them that rugby is a great family sport to be involved in. I want to provide high quality sports coaching and physical activity for young people and to encourage people to participate in rugby at the club. My role will involve making strong links with the schools and Colleges in the area and bringing rugby into the community of Sale and to the club, Sale RUFC. I will be delivering coaching sessions to try and show junior players that rugby is a fun and enjoyable sport to be involved in and that they have a fantastic opportunity with their local rugby club to make new friends, join a prestigious rugby community and also learn new skills. Sale FC already has a fantastic reputation as a rugby club both on and off the field and I’m hoping to get more of the local community involved in a great club. I cannot wait to start and give back to Sale RUFC and the Sale community that I have been partly involved with over the past two seasons and have thoroughly enjoyed. I am looking forward to meeting the Mini and Junior section when they start the new season, meeting the Colts coming through the club and getting the club involved in the local community.