Sunday 25 September 2016

Community rugby stalwart Noel stands down after two decades of service

Published 25/03/2016 | 02:30

Noel Ferguson of Wexford Wanderers. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Noel Ferguson of Wexford Wanderers. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

After nearly 20 years working as Wexford Wanderers youth development officer and club community rugby officer for Leinster Rugby and for the last four in partnership with Wexford County Council, Noel Ferguson has retired.

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Outside of his role with Leinster, Noel has dedicated the majority of his life to the development of rugby in Wexford.

Noel has coached nearly every team in the club from mini rugby, the ladies game and the first team.

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He has also held a number of different positions with the South East area squad, Leinster Youths, Ladies and Junior squads which has led him to working with players like Sean O'Brien, Tadhg Furlong and Katie Fitzhenry.

As part of his role working with Leinster and Wexford County Council Noel has delivered Leinster programmes to thousands of people over the years throughout the county.

Noel delivered touch/tag rugby sessions in the local schools and helped in setting up teams in some of the local secondary schools that now take part in Leinster competition regularly.

He was instrumental in the setting up of the partnership between Wexford CC and Leinster, and by working closely with Fran Ronan and John Carley of Wexford CC they set up a number of hugely successful community-based programmes like 'Fun in the Sun' and 'Silver Sneakers' that target children and adults that do not take part in a sporting activity on a regular basis.

With the huge amount of knowledge Noel gained over the years working with Leinster he helped in mentoring new staff members.

While Noel is retiring from his role with Leinster and Wexford CC, he won't be slowing down: he has been the coach of Wexford Wanderers Vixens for the past number of years and he will continue to coach and develop the team so that other player like Fitzhenry will go on to represent Leinster and Ireland.

We at Leinster would like to thank Noel for all the great work he has done over the past number of years in introducing and developing players for the local rugby clubs and the great work he has done with growing the partnership between Wexford CC and Leinster.

We would like to wish Noel all the best in his retirement.

Irish Independent

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