Futurestars honoured on special night at Dundalk IT
Dundalk Institute of Technology was recently the venue for the inaugural Leinster Rugby/ DKIT Futurestars awards.
The brainchild of Dundalk CCRO and DKIT development officer Ray McCabe, the awards are a way to recognise the achievements of players from Louth and the surrounding area at U-19 level over the season.
Players go through a selection and talent identification process during the year and then 45 nominees are chosen to go into the local papers in the area to allow people to vote for their choice; these votes along with the selection of a judging committee create a final list of award winners.
Each of the winners are presented with a specially created Futurestars jersey which was kindly supplied and designed by CX+ Sport.
It is a great credit to all of the coaches from the local schools and also clubs who enable and develop these young players that the judging process was so hotly contested.
The night itself was an occasion to remember with friends, families and coaches of the young nominees in attendance along with Leinster stars Noel Reid and Dave Kearney, who were on hand for photos and to present the specially commissioned jerseys.
Speaking on behalf of Leinster Rugby, DKIT and the school coaches spoke on the benefit of the programme, as part of a development pathway that has been designed with the specific needs of players, schools, colleges and clubs in mind.
McCabe said: "It's important that the young players in the area understand that there is a pathway in place to develop them from mini rugby through to adulthood and that that includes playing rugby in DKIT.
"Rugby in the college has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and the acquisition of the DKIT sport facility has improved team pursuits immeasurably with dedicated S&C coaches along with skill specific coaches."
Thanks go to Argus and Drogheda Independent newspapers, CX+ Sport, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Dundalk RFC, Boyne RFC, Ardee RFC and all the nominees and coaches for their help and participation in the Programme.
For information on this or anything rugby related in the northeast area please contact community rugby officer Colm Finnegan on firstname.lastname@example.org