Mancunians have launched a new, innovative project named the Magic 5’s. The Magic 5’s is the latest innovation from Manchester’s dual code rugby club and will see schools and community teams from across Manchester compete in a series of tournaments and festivals under the Magic 5’s banner.
Played under five-a-side rules, the Magic 5’s is inspired by an event that Mancunians ran three years ago and will see the five-a-side concept extended to the sports that Mancunians offer including both codes of Rugby, Walking Football, Touch Rugby, Handball and Dodgeball.
Mancunians is Manchester’s Dual Code Rugby club offering Rugby League in the summer months and Rugby Union in the winter. Working all over Manchester providing after school clubs, teaching cover and assisting schools to run sports teams, Mancunians has a 20:20 vision of getting 1,000 people active regularly and has a long-term goal to be a professional club.
Part of the Active Mancunians programme and based on the philosophy of Primary Rugby League and the small sided games concept, Magic 5’s allows participants to be involved at all times and is as suited to sessions involving older people as it is to primary aged children as it encourages learning new skills through play.
Many sports are now introducing a small-sided games format and the Magic 5’s will enable Mancunians to include even more people in their city wide activity. The events will see the theme of the number five run through them with the five metre tackle rule being used and games lasting five minutes each way, alongside other innovations such as a five point try being introduced and teams consisting of five players per side. Other sports will also see abbreviated rules being introduced with Handball and Walking Football games being played for five minutes each way and consisting of five players per side.
The Magic 5’s will kick-off on January 17th when primary school teams from across Manchester will descend on Manchester Metropolitan Universities’ Platt Lane Complex for an afternoon of Tag Rugby. Mancunians have been running a series of schools festivals for primary schools at Platt Lane and these festivals will now be rebranded to the Magic 5’s.
During the spring and summer months community teams that Mancunians work with across Manchester will be invited to take part in the Walking Football and Touch Rugby Magic 5’s.
Mancunians’ director, Stefan Hopewell explained the reasoning behind introducing the Magic 5’s. “We’ve found that the small sided games concept has been very well received by both the school teachers and children that we work with. Teachers comment that it encourages children to participate more and gives them more time on the ball which allows them to develop key skills.” he said.
“It’s been especially well-received by schools who can only get a handful of players together as more often than not they can muster 5 children to come to the events instead of having to bring ten or more children. The kids love it too as they are constantly involved throughout the game which helps with skill development. ” He added.
“Schoolchildren, teachers and parents alike will now be able to identify the Magic 5’s very easily and will soon become familiar with the brand and know what to expect when they attend.” He said.
“The Magic 5’s will now become a Mancunians brand alongside Active Mancunians that we have recently introduced and we are looking forward to growing the concept over the coming years. Said Hopewell.