Focus on participation spreads rugby gospel at Mullingar blitz
Almost 200 boys and girls of schools in the Mullingar area came together to participate in a rugby blitz held in the local rugby club.
This was eagerly anticipated because of the atmosphere building up due to Ireland's participation in the World Cup.
David Farrelly, CCRO for the Mullingar area, had been visiting the schools since the beginning of September and invited the schools to an inter-schools blitz.
The schools taking part were St Colmans, Gaelscoil an Mhuillean, Gainstown, Curraghmore, Educate Together, The Downs and Castlepollard National Schools.
It was a lovely dry and sunny autumnal day and perfect for displaying all the newly learnt skills.
Indeed the referees helping out on the day were very impressed with the enthusiasm and talent shown.
The emphasis was on skills and fair play rather than winning, which meant more players were involved in games. Each game lasted 10 minutes and every school got at least six matches, so plenty of game-time for all.
After the games every player got some treats provided by Mullingar Rugby Club. The teachers were delighted with the organisation of the event and thought it was brilliant to see that participation was more important than winning.
"All my pupils got a run-out today, even those who may not have played or been interested in rugby prior to today. They all loved it. It's great to see inclusiveness and enjoyment being stressed on days like today," said one of the teachers.
A special thank you to the referees Kieran Slyne, Steve Coy, Jonny Butler, Donal Liddy, Lee Mitchell and Claire Farrelly for their help on the day.
If anybody would like information about coaching in the Mullingar area, contact Leinster Rugby's Club Community Rugby Officer, Dave Farrelly at MullingarCCRO@leinsterrugby.ie.