Sharks’ link-up proving a hit for Matlock

George Barnet, his dad Jonny and Andrew Higgins from Sale Sharks.
George Barnet, his dad Jonny and Andrew Higgins from Sale Sharks.

MATLOCK RFC’s role as a community partner with Sale Sharks continues to go from strength to strength with the club’s under 12s side the latest to benefit.

The link-up is running throughout the season as part of the Premiership side’s scheme to put something back into grassroots rugby.

Matlock under 12s forward George Barnet was at the Sharks’ Edgely Park home recently to receive a cheque for £260 on behalf of the club, presented by Sharks’ player Andrew Higgins.

Stephen Taylor, one of the coaches for the Matlock under 12s side, explained: “The scheme has been of great benefit to us as a club so far.

“Sale Sharks want to get as many people going to see them as possible. We are just on the edge of their catchment area, as defined by the RFU, and there are a number of services we can make use of, now we are their community partner.

“We get access to their free coaching conferences and we also get two visits per season here from their first teamers.

“The first is to take place at the mini tournament to be held at the end of the season and the second is still to be arranged.

“There’s also a cashback scheme. For every Sharks ticket we sell for them – if it’s for a group of more than 50 people – we get £5 cashback and this £260 is the latest to come out of that, so we sent George up as he’s a really keen Sharks fan and he went to the match against Exeter Chiefs.

“We are looking to take the under 12s on a ‘long weekend’ tour to Gloucestershire in April, what will be the first tour as sportsmen for many of them. We want it to be inclusive take as many as possible so we have plenty of fundrraising to do and this will go towards that.”

Any local businesses or individuals who might be able to help with fundraising or sponsorship for the tour can get in touch with Stephen Taylor on 07599 551456