Category: Rugby

Crowdfunding Announcement

This Monday our Crowdfunding project goes live.

We are raising funds for our Carrington redevelopment to improve the facilities for the Minis and Juniors, Women’s team and for our new girls section coming this season.

This is a massive opportunity for us to really transform Carrington to a state of the art development with Children and Women playing rugby as the focus of our project.

We need to develop our changing rooms and other facilities to accommodate our children’s section as well as the increase in numbers of girls and women training. The facilities currently aren’t up to scratch with Showers that need replacing, rooms that need new flooring and improved access for all members of our club.


Walls have had to be taken down and walls have had to be put up. All of our labour so far has been volunteers who’ve given up their time to help their club. These volunteers have moved walls, replaced tiles and even put in a staircase so far! We need an additional £20-£30,000 funding to ensure we have a facility that we can use for years to come.

Currently used for the tractor garage, this will be redeveloped into an indoor training area for Tricky’s Pups on a Sunday and for everyone else when the weather is bad










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Message from the Chair of Rugby

Hi All,

From 1st September we can move to Stage D!

The RFU have confirmed that clubs will be able to start limited and restricted contact rugby training and organise inter-club non-contact fixtures from 1st September. This follows the reintroduction of intra-club non-contact activity at the beginning of August (stage C).

The reintroduction of limited contact training has been approved by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (‘DCMS’) and moves The Return to Community Rugby Roadmap from Stage C to Stage D.

The reinstatement of some contact activity is important to ensure players can continue to practice core skills and are able to start preparing and conditioning themselves appropriately as the game starts to return to normality with regular training and matches.

Varied training conditions will allow the return of tackling, lineouts and rucks, but mauls, scrums, opposed lineouts or upright tackles are still not permissible as the transmission exposure risk remains high. Contact training sessions have to be carried out in small groups of no more than six players with a maximum of 15 minutes allowed for all contact training activities within each training session  (75 minutes being the total maximum time for each session).

We look forward to seeing you back training at Carrington over the coming weeks.

Paul Kelly

Chairman of Rugby

Click to access RUGBY%20ROAD%20MAP%20STAGE%20D.pdf

Sale 1861 announce coaching line-up

Sale 1861 are delighted to announce their coaching line-up. Matt Griffiths, Mark Roberts and Scott Bambrick who complete the setup supporting Paula Bradbury in her first season as head coach. Director of Rugby Andy Hughes has an excellent group to help develop the squad from last season’s undefeated team. We interview the coaching team below.

Return to Rugby News

Hi All,

The RFU have now announced that their action plan to commence a safe and phased return to grassroots rugby activity has been approved by the Government. Consequently, the Return to Community Rugby Roadmap  has been updated to show a move from Stage B to Stage C.  This is great news as it means the rugby community is now able to recommence some larger group rugby activity, initially non-contact and subject to adherence with RFU guidance.

Any return to rugby is a decision for individual clubs to make and we must continue to follow government Covid-19 guidelines along with any local government lockdown restrictions that may be in place.

So, what does mean for Sale FC?

Unfortunately, Greater Manchester and more specifically Trafford is under local lockdown restrictions which states; (found here)

  • six people from a number of households may meet outdoors with social distancing

So this means that effectively we MUST remain at level B until such time as local lockdown restrictions in Trafford are relaxed.

Our Senior Men and Ladies continue to train following the strict protocols outlined in my update on 17th July.  In addition, our Colts squad will be returning to training this weekend, following the same protocols.

I appreciate this is a frustrating time but the health and well-being of or players, members and their families is paramount.  If any other age group wants to start training, please speak to the head coach for your age group first who will then discuss with myself and Mark Roberts.