Sunday 11 December 2016

Academy crew join Lakers to celebrate new centre

Dermot O'Mahony

Published 11/09/2015 | 02:30

Leinster Rugby Academy's Harrison Brewer with Bray Lakers' Matthew Davis and Marian O'Rourke at the opening of the newly renovated Brady Centre, the home of the Lakers Social & Recreational Club PIARAS Ó MÍDHEACH / SPORTSFILE
Leinster Rugby Academy's Harrison Brewer with Bray Lakers' Matthew Davis and Marian O'Rourke at the opening of the newly renovated Brady Centre, the home of the Lakers Social & Recreational Club PIARAS Ó MÍDHEACH / SPORTSFILE

Coaches and players from the Leinster Rugby Academy were on hand last week to open the newly-refurbished Brady Centre in Bray, the home of the Lakers Social & Recreational Club.

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This season, the Leinster Rugby Academy players will once again be partnering with Lakers as part of the Community Module to their HETAC course. As part of the partnership, Leinster Rugby Academy players will visit the Lakers and will, amongst other things, take TAG rugby training sessions and volunteer in the Brady Centre on a regular basis.

Lakers Social & Recreational Club is a community-based sports, social and recreation club for children and adults with an intellectual disability. The club provides a wide range of sporting and educational services to members across Leinster from its centre in Bray, Co Wicklow.

At the unveiling were players from the Leinster Rugby Academy as well as Leinster Rugby backs coach and Academy Manager, Girvan Dempsey. "This is a brilliant initiative for us and for the younger Leinster players in the Academy in particular," said Girvan. "We have built up a relationship with Claire Brady and the rest of the staff in Lakers and I would like to think that it benefits both.

"For us, being able to get out and about into the local community but in a meaningful and positive way is of huge benefit to the Academy players, many of whom are in their late teens or early twenties. For them to be able to see at first hand the impact that they can have on the Lakers is wonderful to see.

"But ultimately they enjoy it. They build up relationships during their time here and there are quite a few of the Senior Leinster players that still visit on the back of their time spent here while in the Academy.

"We are delighted to have been asked here this evening to open the Brady Centre and look forward to visiting here over the coming weeks and months."

Further information on the Lakers and indeed the newly-refurbished Brady Centre can be found at: www.lakers.ie

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