Wednesday 28 September 2016

Pupils given chance to live the dream as Connacht spread the word in east Galway

Published 19/02/2016 | 02:30

Students from Colaiste an Chreagain enjoy a training session with Connacht coach development officer Charlie Couper
Students from Colaiste an Chreagain enjoy a training session with Connacht coach development officer Charlie Couper

Connacht Rugby development officers have established rugby programmes in a number of schools in East Galway as part of a joint venture between Monivea RFC and the IRFU.

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Club and community development officer Darren Collins has an extensive workload supporting girls and boys rugby in primary and secondary schools.

Pres. Athenry, Athenry Vocational School and HRC Mountbellew have become ever-presents in the Connacht schools competitions, while introducing rugby in smaller schools such as Coláiste an Chreagáin ensures all children have an opportunity to reach the green shirt.

"East Galway has a proven track record of producing top-level athletes, a number of whom have gone on to represent Connacht at age grade level," said coach development officer Charlie Couper.

"Our role is to give them and introduction to rugby in the schools and provide the path for them to pursue a club career with Monivea RFC.

"We pride ourselves on giving every child the opportunity to achieve their sporting dreams and Monivea's Caolan Blade is proof we are succeeding."

Irish Independent

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