MMU Sport’s rugby union teams from Manchester and Crewe came together last week to compete in the Sandbach Festival of Sport.
MMU Sport funded the trip which saw the Cheshire and Manchester teams collaborate to compete in the men’s sevens tournament at the annual event, showcasing MMU rugby to local clubs and schools in the area.
The cross-campus team qualified from their group but lost to eventual winners Lymm in the semi-finals.
Shane Heffernan, Cheshire campus rugby union coach, said representing MMU together at the tournament was a really positive experience.
“It was great to meet the other coaches and to chat about where we see rugby union going in the university in the near future,” he said.
“There are always benefits to seeing how other coaches coach and interact with players and to game situations.”
The event allowed prospective MMU students to gain an insight into rugby life at MMU and Shane believes the weekend’s experience provided a great taster.
“Players flourish in different environments and getting a tiny taste of the type of environment they may come into at MMU can be really beneficial for players to gauge their short term future rugby careers.”
Rob Jones, Manchester campus rugby union coach, agreed with his Cheshire-counterpart.
“Our sevens programme combines the best talent across both campuses and rugby league,” he said.
“It also gives recruited first year students an introduction to their team mates and eases their integration into the group.
“Through having an open selection policy it really builds our relationships between the clubs and campuses, and helps share ideas and resources.”
The support provided by MMU Sport included physiotherapy sessions, entrance fees, nutrition and travel.
MMU’s Performance Sport Officer Callum Jones believes cross-campus collaboration is essential for success.
“The Sandbach tournament was a great opportunity to promote our cross-campus relationship for the sport which has grown in popularity recently, highlighted by its inclusion in the Rio Olympics this summer,” he said.
“Moving forward the cross-campus support of all clubs is essential for MMU to put out its strongest teams.”
MMU Sport are funding the forthcoming Skofic 7’s which will see a joint MMU team travel to Tarleton on June 4th.
From everyone at MMU Sport, congratulations and good luck in Tarleton!
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