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.
In a very busy off season, Sale FC have seen the departure of a couple of players to Longton and Chester as well as two retiring players. With quality players all being pursued by the same clubs it’s important to get the balance of the squad right and to this end, Sale FC are delighted to announce the signing of Ex Sale Sharks Academy and Burnage Rugby Club versatile front/back row player Harvey Derby, Harvey has played rugby not only at Burnage but also with Ponsonby (a club with a past player close to Sale hearts Sammy Tuitupou) in New Zealand. Harvey also had a previous spell with Sale FC before he left to play in New Zealand.
Director of Rugby Jonathan Keep has been keen to reinforce the squad this season to ensure we have strength in depth in a highly competitive league. We would like to extend Harvey a warm welcome to Sale FC.
“I loved playing at Sale and I’m sure you will go one better next season. Good Luck,”
“I’d like to say a massive thank you to Fylde RFC and Sale FC for the last 3 years. I enjoyed my time at both clubs, made some fantastic friends and memories. Now, I’m looking forward to taking on this new fantastic challenge, playing alongside coaching as well as spending more time with my family.”
Sale FC have signed Winger Sam Evans from Longton Rugby Club who currently play in National 3 Midlands. Although Longton had some ups and downs last season, Sam managed to score plenty of tries to help maintain Longton’s presence in tier five. For those of you unfamiliar with Longton Rugby Club in Staffordshire, one of their ex-players and captain in their 2011-12 season currently plays for Sale FC in the guise of Gareth “Gaz” Rawlings.
When we spoke to Gaz he said that Sam Evans comes to us with a great season under his belt where he managed 6 hat tricks in a row and in one game scored five tries, where Longton came back from 36-5 down at half time to win 37-36.
Gaz goes on to say
“Having spoken to Sam about our ambitious style of play as well as having seen him in action, it seems a great match for both Sale FC and Sam. I look forward to seeing him in full flight at Heywood road next season, where hopefully he can have the same impact at Sale FC as he did at Longton”
Sam told us that he is ambitious and hopes to do well at Sale FC making the step up the National Leagues and will push hard for a place in the 1st Team.
Longton is a Proud Staffordshire club with a history going back to the 1930’s. They’ve been in the fifth tier of English Rugby for several years now, having missed out on promotion to National 2 in 2011/12. Last season Longton had a difficult season, but very much as Sale FC did two seasons ago, managed to win the crucial games to stay up, in many cases thanks to Sam’s try scoring. We wish Sam a warm welcome to Sale FC and we wish Longton all the best for next season.
At last night’s AGM we elected six new Vice Presidents at Sale FC
Along with that we had elections for places on the Club Executive for the Following
Sale FC are excited by the signing of upcoming talent Calum Owen.
A Sale Sharks Under 18 player who can play Full Back and Wing. Sale Sharks Under 18’s have had an incredibly successful finishing top of the Northern League. Calum was part of this incredibly positive team who are forming the basis for development of rugby in the North West.
Sale FC announce the signing of Anthony “Bingo! Bingham from National One team Fylde Rugby. The rapid winger, is a late convert to Rugby having played American Football in Germany and only signed for Fylde at the age of 30. However, he’s proved his worth at Fylde where he’s scored 16 tries in 30 games as well as representing Lancashire where he scored in Lancashire’s victory at Twickenham and in the game against Cheshire at Heywood road to add to his try from the game against Eastern Counties.
Bingo said yesterday, that he’s looking forward to the challenge of next season at Sale FC as we push to finish one higher in National 2 North.
Bingo is a professional personal trainer and the founder of Jimbag, the Manchester based sports and lifestyle bag company.
Bingo also recently competed in the Hong Kong 7’s as a member of the Jamaican National Team
The good news keeps on coming! Sale FC have signed Sale Sharks Hooker, Neil Briggs for the upcoming 2017-18 season. Neil has made more than 120 appearances for Sale Sharks over two spells including playing with side that won the Premiership trophy in 2006, he’s also played for Leicester Tigers and London Welsh RFC. This is a massive signing for Sale FC and demonstrates that Jonathan Keep‘s side aren’t resting on their second place success of last year. Neil comes to us not only as a Hooker but as part of his coach development will work alongside the Sale FC coaching team on specialist coaching issues. Neil will also be working with The Sale Sharks in their coaching set up. For the younger players in the squad, it’ll be invaluable having a player of his pedigree supporting their future development as well.