Back in the under 7s the boys of Manchester Rugby Club, based in Cheadle Hulme had their first training tops purchased with help from ACROBAT Consulting & Marketing LTD. Since, that date the weather has deteriorated and unsurprisingly each of the children have grown. The time has definitely arisen for a replacement outer garment to fend off this deplorable weather that they turn out week in, week out. A recent example, was when Stormond Desmond hit the North West, did the boys shelter indoors – NO, the response from the Club was merely “Storm Desmond – if that’s the best you can offer we’ll play in our Tutus!”
Manchester u10s, meet on Sunday mornings between 10.00 and 12.00 for fixtures or training. It also plays matches against teams from such as Trafford (e.g. Sale RFC), South Manchester (e.g. Bowdon RFC) and Stockport (e.g. Stockport RFC). Many fixtures are played including against teams from Lancashire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Yorkshire. An Annual Tour is organised to the Fylde Coast every year. We encourage diversity, integration and respect in undertaking disciplined sporting activity. All new players are made extremely welcome, and there is every opportunity for any boy or girl.
To join in competitive matches and training the children need some suitable sports kit, preferably some rugby/football boots, a snack and a drink. All rugby apparatus, tag belts, bibs, balls etc are provided by the Club. There is no external funding or financial support for this community, voluntary group. Parents pay fees annually that covers subsistence for the home and away teams, facility provision and grounds maintenance. Even at this early age the under 10s gives a structured activity, which keeps the children away from less satisfactory pastimes. It should not go unnoticed that these are still small children and to address primarily the cold weather satisfactory protection against the elements is a must. We really need to provide some waterproof tops to cover the children whether playing, changing or substitutes or injured on the touchlines. Presently they are left in wind, rain or other harsh conditions.
The prime outcomes will be retention and recruitment of the players for the under 10s teams. The provision of suitable outerwear will deliver optimism and gratitude amongst these beneficiaries. Also, reduce the number of match absentees as this could help reduce cancellations due to inadequate protection for these young ages. Hopefully everyone will see the merits whether it be a charitable family member or friend, interested bystander, corporate sponsor or to meet a corporate social responsibility agenda. Come on let’s help our very own ‘Minions’ – “the Mighty, Mighty Manchester”.
No substitute for a crowdfunding campaign receiving a celebrity endorsement. Manchester Rugby Club is grateful to the support from a Sale Shark’s player. See: http://www.crowdscrum.co.uk/celebrity-endorsement/