Introduction- Marple Rugby Union Football Club currently run 3 men's rugby teams and full age range mini and junior teams from their own grounds at Wood Lane. The rugby club has three rugby pitches available for use, two full size and one junior size. The Ridge Sports Association at Wood Lane also hosts Mellor Football Club.
The Rugby Club's playing and organisational membership is diverse and made up of members (playing and non-playing) from the local community, as well as from around the country and world as can be seen from our ‘Buy a Brick’ wall. Anyone is welcome to join who wishes to play rugby union - regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief.
Our aim is to maximize YOUR potential as a player and to provide YOU with a high-quality rugby experience.
Pre-season: Official pre-season starts the first Tuesday in July where the aim is to get players fitness levels up and running. However, there will be touch rugby and other fun sessions throughout the summer on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to develop new and less experienced existing players techniques and skills.
Touch rugby is non-contact and an ideal introduction into the basics of playing rugby, or for returning to rugby after time away before the pre-season begins.
In season: When the competitive season begins in early September, games are played on a Saturday afternoon kicking off between 2-3pm in the regular season of September - April. There are mini breaks in the season over the Christmas/New Year and Easter holiday periods.
The opportunities we offer:
The 1XV squad play in Division 2 of the South Lancashire and Cheshire Leagues. This sees them play around 22 fixtures throughout the season against local rugby clubs across the North West. Playing in a competitive league structure.
The 2XV squad play in Division 4 East of the Halbro North West Leagues. Another competitive league playing 2nd/3rd teams from clubs across the North West.
The 3XV squad play in Division 5 East of the Halbro North West Leagues. Team made up of new players, wishing to play a more social level rugby playing other likeminded teams from clubs across the North West.
Possible questions & answers:
How do I to get involved? -The club allows players of any background and experience to join at any time throughout the season and generally you can just turn up and get involved. It may be easier to contact someone to ask questions and so you have a point of contact when you turn up, but the idea is turn up and try it out.
What training equipment will I need? - Rugby training kit such as socks, shorts and a rugby shirt or similar training / jogging top, footwear- boots with studs (in the winter), trainers in the summer for touch rugby.
How do I get to the rugby club? – Marple RUFC are based at Ridge Sports Pavilion, off Wood Lane, Marple, SK6 7RE, just over the Middlewood Way.
Please use this link to view map; http://www.marplerugbyclub.com/contact/
If I like playing rugby, how do I join and pay my membership? - If after a few weeks you feel this is something you enjoy, and you want to join the club, there is a club pay as you go direct debit system which you can sign up to for your membership fees. This costs between £15 per month. Alternatively, you can pay £50 annual subscription plus £5 for the match fees. This covers the running costs of the club, coaching, equipment, facilities, match day food, referee fees etc.
Our Social activities:
The club is involved in lots of social activities for the players and our social members who are encouraged to join the club also to support at games, travel on tours and just be a part of the general fun each weekend.
Rugby has a place for everyone regardless of your age, size, fitness and previous skills, we develop new players who have never previously played the game as well as offering competitive rugby for the more experienced player, so why not contact us and try playing rugby with the Marple RUFC?
For additional information – you can contact us via the contact form on the home page or please contact one of the relevant persons below.
1XV Captain – Paul Howarth - 07834723745
2XV Captain – Dan Mead - 07876351159
3XV Captain – Stuart Budd- 07968089569
Club Captain – Bill Newton - 07957846728
Thank you! We hope to welcome you soon to the Marple Rugby Club.