Manchester’s Dual Code Rugby Club, Mancunians are currently enjoying an increase in participation across all of the sports they are currently delivering as the club continues to grow.
Participation numbers in Rugby League, Walking Football and in the growing number of after school clubs that Mancunians deliver have all risen since June 2016. The increase in rugby league participants bucks the national trend which sees rugby league participation as being ‘steady’. (Sport England, RFL)
Twenty new male adults have joined the club since September 2016 and have indicated that they want to play rugby league, which is an increase of thirty one percent on the number of male adults who participated in rugby league in the first nine months of 2016.
Activity for children aged under 10 years old registered with Mancunians has also grown with seventeen children now being registered to play rugby league at Manchester’s Rugby League club, an increase of 112.5% since June 2016.
The increase in primary school participants is due to Mancunians’ primary school strategy beginning to bear fruit with after school activity up from one weekly after school club with an average of seven participants in June 2016, to five weekly after school clubs with an average of thirteen participants at each club, which is an increase of eighty five percent. Nineteen percent of all children coached in the after school programme transfer across into the Sunday morning Mini Mancunians sessions.
Participants in the newly added activity, Walking Football is also on the upward trend with nearly thirty people being registered to play the sport at Mancunians. The weekly session that is offered on a Saturday morning is almost at capacity and a new session will be added in January 2017.
Mancunians also added rugby union to their offer in September of this year and have recruited twenty five rugby union players, many of whom have indicated that they will play rugby league for Mancunians in 2017, but these figures will not be reported on until the end of the current quarter.
“This is fantastic news. Said Mancunians Director, Stefan Hopewell. “Everyone involved in the club should be very pleased. We laid out our strategy at the beginning of the year which detailed that we would be moving on to a multi-sport, multi-region approach and within six months we are seeing our plans begin to bear fruit, with two more quarters of the year to go.
“We have a 20:20 vision of getting 1,000 people active under the Mancunians banner by the year 2020 and to be a professional club and whilst we are still a way off that target, these results signal that we are on the right track. We are a rugby league club to the core, but the benefits of taking an innovative, multi-sport approach are there for all to see. To have a nineteen percent transfer from primary schools to a club environment is a fantastic result. We know that it is early days but, even so, we can be very happy that have started with great success.” He said.
“We have more exciting projects in the pipeline that we expect will see our participation numbers grow even more over the next few months and we are very much looking forward to the future with excitement and confidence. We must thank all our partner schools and community organisations that we work with for buying into our approach and we look forward to working closely with them in 2017“ Said Hopewell.