Thursday 29 September 2016

Inclusiveness the order of the day as 200 kids enjoy Mullingar blitz

Published 18/03/2016 | 02:30

The schools taking part were St Colmans, Gaelscoil an Mhuillean, Gainstown, Curraghmore, St Kenny's, The Downs National Schools
The schools taking part were St Colmans, Gaelscoil an Mhuillean, Gainstown, Curraghmore, St Kenny's, The Downs National Schools

Almost 200 boys and girls of schools in the Mullingar area came together to participate in a rugby blitz held recently in the local rugby club.

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This was eagerly anticipated because of the atmosphere building up due to Ireland's participation in the Six Nations.

David Farrelly, the 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, St Kenny's, The Downs National Schools.

It was a lovely dry and sunny spring 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 and consequently meant more players were involved in games.

Each game lasted ten 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 the club as a reward for all their efforts. 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, even the non-sporty kids. It's great to see inclusiveness being stressed as life will get competitive enough for them as they grow up." said one of the teachers.

A special thank you to the referees, TY students from Castlepollard Community College Mary, Laura and Anthony for their help.

Also giving a helping hand was Adrienne Andrews and Claire O'Brien of Mullingar Women's Rugby team.

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

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