Monday 23 October 2017

MRSC's €140k donation cements Academy links

Elite Player Development Manager Peter Malone said the contribution showed the unique and valued link between supporters and players.
Elite Player Development Manager Peter Malone said the contribution showed the unique and valued link between supporters and players.

Daragh Small

Munster's 16th man is helping fund the next generation of senior stars with Reds supporters again making a huge financial contribution to the running of province's academy.

The Munster Rugby Supporters Club (MRSC) have donated €140,000 to Greencore Munster Academy as part of their continued support for the organisation.

The elite player development manager, Peter Malone, said the contribution showed the unique and valued link between supporters and players.

"Once again the MRSC has helped keep the development pathway going, their vital funding allows us to adopt a multi-faceted approach to player development; mental skills, nutrition, lifestyle management as well as our strength and conditioning and rugby programmes," he said.

"The players currently in the Greencore Academy will be the players representing Munster in European ties in two to three years' time, just like the players who have come through the academy and are now representing Munster so well – players such as Duncan Casey, James Cronin, Ronan O'Mahony, Peter O'Mahony and Conor Murray," added Malone.

The presentation, which took place during the Ulster game on Saturday, has added to their contribution which now stands at €900,000.

MRSC chairperson Elaine Blackshields presented the cheque to elite player development manager Malone, and academy player Darren Sweetnam during half-time on the pitch.

The most recent investment includes the proceeds from the Giant Draw, assists with the development of the academy and also provides funding to Munster Rugby for various projects such as the team's gym facilities, video analysis equipment, flags on match day and much more.

This year has seen the likes of Shane Buckley and Johnny Holland graduate from the academy into the senior programme with both players now on development contracts.

MRSC manager Jennifer Kiernan explained: "The supporters club is extremely proud to play their part in the development of our future stars and we would like to thank the members for their continued support in making this annual contribution to the academy possible."

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