Refine, Develop and Inspire

Tomorrow is our Sale FC Rugby Academy open day at Heywood Road

Our Academy Head Coach Ian McKerchar has highlighted the purpose of tomorrow as a learning experience for all of those who attend.

This session is designed to give the players a feeling for the Philosophy of the Academy.

Refine, Develop and Inspire

During this open session we are encouraging players to explore

  • Their understanding of the game
  • How to organise quickly
  • How to make quick, effective and correct decisions (particularly under pressure)

The players will be actively encouraged to

  • Think for themselves,
  • Work things out and
  • Experiment during the session

This will enable them to open their minds to a side of the game they may not have really encountered before (rather than being simply told what to do by a coach).

It also encompasses two areas of the attacking game we look to exploit and expand upon during the season

  • continuity by offloading
  • striking out wide using block/wedge plays

The day is designed around fun and getting them to communicate and organise for themselves. Discussions during fluid breaks will be player led as much as possible using questioning rather than ‘tell’.

Pictures of the Year 2018

Sale FC Rugby are looking for the picture you believe best sums up our 2017-18 League winning season. If you took a photo whilst following the lads this season, please post your favourite.

It can be of anything or anyone, it can be an action shot of a player or you having a beer at the game with a friend or one of the M&Js doing guard of honour ANYTHING,

Just think #onesalefc and post away. We want to bring these memories together in someway, to create something special to be displayed at the club and you can help us do that.

Trickey Meets his Hero Trickey


Post your favourite picture on our Facebook Page here or on our Twitter account and we’ll make a decision before the start of the season! Tag it with #onesalefc

Ian McKerchar Sale FC Rugby Academy Head Coach

Player Development

Refine, Develop and Inspire

Player Development

The aim of Sale FC Rugby Academy, is to promote a player-centred environment based on trust, enjoyment, teamwork, respect and empowerment in which to challenge, excite and motivate players. We aim to open player’s minds to the game of rugby and what they are capable of, to promote high skill levels, decision making, game understanding, autonomy and a positive and confident mindset via appropriate, varied and imaginative methods of coaching, feedback and a thorough and professional approach.

We offer the very highest standard, innovative and enjoyable game-based training sessions which along with our player-centred environment will allow players to express themselves, experiment and access and fulfil their playing potential. We are further assisted during the season with positional specialist sessions from Sale FC National League 1 players and Sale Sharks Premiership players.

Player development remains a key focus, achieved via ongoing evaluation throughout the season, including Player Development Plans and video analysis, in order to assist players in identifying their strengths and weaknesses; working together to ensure they become better rugby players.

We offer complete support and guidance for player transition into senior rugby, whether that is club or university rugby, at any level. Our dedicated and fully qualified coaching team are all very experienced coaches, having coached club, school and university rugby and are perfectly suited to support progression playing in the Halbro NW Colts League with colts rugby and facilitate the transition beyond.

During the season our home games are played at our impressive Heywood Road stadium, with our training sessions taking place at our Carrington High Performance Centre, also the home of Sale Sharks. Both sites offer facilities second to none, which will add further to the enjoyment and positive experience of a player’s time with the Sale FC Academy.

As head coach I look forward to welcoming you into the Academy and answering any question you may have.

Ian McKerchar

Head Coach,

Sale FC Rugby Academy 

Kieran Dunne Signs For Sale FC Rugby

Local player Kieran Dunne has signed for the 2018-19 season with Sale FC Rugby.  Kieran played his junior rugby just down the road from Heywood Rd at St. Ambrose College and Altrincham Kersal as well as for Sale FC Colts.  He captained the Sale Sharks Under 18’s team before moving to Munster Academy and The Irish International set up.  He’s represented Ireland at 7’s and 15’s at under 18’s and is now in the Ireland Under 19’s. set up.

A quick centre he was part of Irelands Under 18’s 7’s team that won the European Cup in Germany in 2017.

The Sale FC Rugby family would like to welcome Kieran back to the club and back home.