Crowdfunding is LIVE

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We’ve gone live with our crowdfunding project today. This is your chance to help future proof the club by helping our minis and juniors as well as our Women’s teams to have a facility we can all be proud of. Ten years ago we had about 40 children training, yesterday we had almost 300 training. This doesn’t include the women’s squad or the future development of the girls section.Get involved and follow the link to donate. Donate Here

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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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NHS Blood Service

Every week, Sale FC host Give Blood from the NHS Blood Service at Heywood Road. During Covid-19 they’ve used both our upstairs and downstairs bars, plus used the Executive Suite as their coffee break room.

Saying goodnight to the NHS Blood Service after another successful day of donations at Sale Rugby Club, Heywood Road. We will see them again next week.

#iamenough #weareenough

This week, there has been a marketing campaign for the Irish Rugby shirt which used male rugby players in their advertising. The photos were appropriate, and looked great. This is clearly great marketing. However, the Irish Women’s rugby jersey was modelled not by female rugby players, but by models. Why might that be an issue? We asked Cath Ansell, one of our Sale 1861 players to respond.

Oh women’s rugby that’s interesting, it can’t be full contact though?’
‘It’s not as exciting as men’s’
‘You don’t look like a rugby player!’

Since starting rugby I’ve learnt to take a lot of these comments with a bitter smile. Lately these off-hand sexist comments have been shown on a larger platform: “models are better looking”, “the men are muscly and well groomed”, “female rugby players aren’t aesthetically pleasing”.

In 2020 I didn’t think I’d have to say this: The women I have met since playing sport and especially rugby are beautiful, strong, confident, and are role models for for the next generation of women. #iamenough



Our women’s team, Sale 1861, has created a real buzz about the future of Sale FC. Every women’s rugby player has added to the Sale FC family and is valued.

Sale FC President James Hourihan adds

When I was chair of minis and juniors, I stated that without a women’s section we would never be a complete club, we started slowly to achieve this with under 18’s. Scott Bambrick dedicated an entire year to getting more women within Sale FC with the support of Sale Sharks and other volunteers. It has taken the hard work and dedication of the executive, volunteers and players to get off the ground. What has been most rewarding for us as a club is how much it has improved us.

We have a long way to go. We need to develop a strong girls section and we must increase the profile of women’s rugby in the North West. But, we have the desire for it and to us the women’s section is what completes our club.  #enough #sale1861



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

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