Friday 30 September 2016

Irish Independent Park to host 'Laya' schools blitz

Published 06/05/2016 | 02:30

Deputy managing director, Laya Healthcare, DO O’Connor with Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne
Deputy managing director, Laya Healthcare, DO O’Connor with Munster prop Dave Kilcoyne

Munster Rugby are delighted to once again announce Laya Healthcare as the title sponsor of the Munster Rugby U-18 Schools 10-a-side blitz.

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This year's blitz takes place on Wednesday, May 11 in Irish Independent Park, Cork following an extremely successful blitz last year in Rockwell College, Tipperary.

Laya healthcare are very excited to be renewing their title sponsorship for the fourth consecutive year, for what is lining up to be a great day of games.

Commenting at the launch deputy managing director and director of business development at Laya Healthcare DO O'Connor said: "We are delighted to once again sponsor the Munster

Rugby U-18 Blitz. It is a fantastic event to support, with over 450 students participating from all over Munster."

"It's great to see so many students getting active, becoming more involved in sport and tournaments like this, and ultimately looking after their health.

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"Earlier this year we launched 'Head On', a concussion screening programme specifically for amateur rugby players.

"It's vital that young players, parents and coaches understand the signs and symptoms of concussion.

"Through this programme we will be working with Munster Rugby to extend the awareness and understanding of concussion, particularly repeated concussions, among younger players.

"We are looking forward to a great day out at Irish Independent Park.".

Munster coach development manager and blitz coo-ordinator Keith Murphy said: "We are thrilled to once again have Laya Healthcare on board as the sponsor for the Munster Schools blitz. The 10-a-side competition has grown significantly over the past five years and has been a very productive environment for young players to express themselves and have fun.

"This season we decided to go to U-18 level, instead of U-17, which will now include more schools participating. We will have over 30 teams, both boys and girls, competing on the day in Irish Independent Park.

"Last season saw 24 teams from all over the province take part and this year the number of teams is expected to rise again with the competition growing year on year.

"The teams will be split into two sections; 'A' schools competing in one section, and the emerging rugby schools in the other.

"Not only is this a great event for all those participating but the modified game of 10s is fun, fast flowing and its energetic playing style will ensure an enjoyable spectacle."

This year's competition will again feature a girls' tournament, which will also include girls at U-18 level, for the first time with approximately 10 school teams participating, bringing the total number of participants to over 450 students from schools across Munster, set to experience this fun and expressive game of rugby.

Should you require any further information or assistance please don't hesitate to contact Keith Murphy, at keithmurphy@munsterrugby.ie.

Irish Independent

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