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.

Harvey Derby Signs for Sale FC

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.

Scott Rawlings Goes Back to His Roots

Scott Rawlings signs with Longton Rugby. Scott was on loan to us last season and we were hoping to sign him for this season, but Longton is his original club and is closer to home. We wish Scott all the best for the next season, and I’m sure many a ref will breathe a sigh of relief coming to Heywood road now! A statement from Scott.
Scott was offered a player coach role with Longton and although originally turned it down, on reflection he realised it was an opportunity he couldn’t really turn down.
He says
“I loved playing at Sale and I’m sure you will go one better next season. Good Luck,”
Scott goes on to say.
“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.”