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Your News Macclesfield RUFC support healthy eating initiative

JUNIOR recruitment at Macclesfield RUFC achieved a new dimension recently when the club adopted the old adage that the best way to a mans heart is through his stomach.

For mans heart read childrens interest in this case, but the principle was properly observed as a group of players and officials from the club descended on Bollington Cross Primary School to add a touch of sporting spice to their popular Friday lunchtime themed meals.

The highly-successful visit began with a simple request from Jackie Barber, School Cook at Bollington Cross near Macclesfield, to Twickenham asking for some literature to advertise the RBS Six Nations Championship at the school as part of her efforts to promote healthy eating by giving Friday dinners a topical theme.

Chinese New Year got the ball rolling with the England v Italy game following seven days later.

But instead of simply supplying a few posters, the RFU promoted the project into a fully-fledged visit from the elite Macclesfield contingent.

Representatives of the senior squad at Priory Park attending included skipper Evan Stewart, Second XV captain Rick Jones, prop Scott Goodfellow, Under 8 Coach Mark Hadley, First Team Manager Peter Jackson and Press Officer Geoff Allen.

They introduced themselves to the 110-strong school group and followed up with an interesting question and answer session about Rugby and the benefits it provides. The session gave the youngsters and school staff a good insight into why people get so passionate about the game before the group joined the children for dinner.

This comprised Beefy Backs Burger in a Bap or Pasta Italiano followed by Biscotti, the questioning continuing after the meal and ultimately producing promises of coaching assistance for the schools tag team.

The visit clearly impressed School Head Julie Downing, who said: The visit was a hugely enjoyable and inspirational event, both for the pupils and the staff! What came across most clearly was the players and managers commitment to, and passion for, the game of rugby.

They have undoubtedly inspired many of our pupils with their talk of teamwork, friendship and fun - not to mention some gruesome tales of broken bones! Their professionalism and the warmth and friendliness they displayed towards the pupils, made them excellent role models for the children.

There are, of course, no guarantees that the pasta played a part in Macclesfield completing a double over Blaydon the following day with a 39-20 success, but there was an above average appetite for information on that result and Englands success among the youngsters at Bollington Cross Primary.

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