Wednesday 28 June 2017

Munster news: Tralee girls benefit from five-week programme

Pupils from Tralee’s Presentation Secondary School recently completed a five-week rugby programme
Pupils from Tralee’s Presentation Secondary School recently completed a five-week rugby programme

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Girls from Tralee's Presentation Secondary School recently participated in a rugby programme over five weeks with Club and Community Rugby Officer Sean Brosnan.

The girls covered various aspects of the game with a view to participating in the 11-a-side Emerging Schools competitions that will take place after Christmas.

If you are interested in running a similar programme in your school, please contact Women's Community Rugby Officer Amanda Greensmith on amandagreensmith@munsterrugby.ie.

The Emerging Schools initiative is building on the very successful first year of the programme in the 2015/'16 season, and this year sees an additional U-17 blitz series.

Officers from the Community Rugby Department are coaching rugby to students, many of whom have never played the sport, in schools from Kerry, West Cork, East Cork, Cork City, North Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, Waterford and Clare.

The top two schools from each region will go into a finals day in Cork and Limerick after Christmas.

The aim of the initiative is to give as many young people as possible the opportunity to play rugby with the venture proving a great success so far.

The Community Rugby Department at Munster Rugby comprises five Community Rugby Officers, with each one responsible for a group of clubs, schools and colleges within an allocated geographical region. It also includes a Women's Development Officer, Girls Participation Officer, Limerick Regeneration Officer and 12 part-time Club and Community Rugby Officers working in schools in conjunction with their respective clubs.

The primary role of the department is to increase participation across all areas of rugby throughout Munster.

For more details, please email info@munsterrugby.ie.

Rugby blitz for young Limerick pupils
Rugby blitz for young Limerick pupils

Coaching clinics set for next month

The Munster Rugby Coach Development Department continue to support the development of club and school coaches under the IRFU Long-Term Player Development and Technical models.

Following the delivery of seven IRFU coaching courses in September and October, their focus now shifts to Coach and Player Development Clinics.

These are co-ordinated within the four regions with the lead Coach Development Officer running bi-weekly sessions and focusing on enhancing both the player and coach's technical understanding of the game.

A cluster of clubs and schools are being invited in each region, allowing for smaller collaborated learning environments for coaches.

The coach is tasked with developing practical skills by coaching within the sessions and then providing feedback.

If you require any further details regarding these clinics please contact your designated regional CDO, as listed below.

An IRFU stage one (mini) coaching course will be run in Ennis RFC on Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3. The course is designed to accommodate coaches at mini rugby level, from U7 to U12. There are still spaces available on this course.

Should you have any queries regarding coach development please contact your designated Coach Development Officer:

North Munster: Noel O'Meara - noelomeara@munsterrugby.ie.

South Munster: Ken O'Connell kenoconnell@munsterrugby.ie.

South and East Munster: Brendan O'Connor brendanoconnor@ munsterrugby.ie.

North and West Munster: Fiach O'Loughlin - fiacholoughlin@ munsterrugby.ie

Thomond blitz a hit

Pupils from Christ of King in Caherdavin and John F Kennedy Memorial School on the Ennis Road in Limerick recently took part in a blitz at Thomond RFC.

The event was run by Munster Rugby Officer Kenneth McNamara with fellow officers Ed Daly and Andy Brace also on hand.

Many of the students participating play with local clubs, while those who are still unattached received the contact details of the clubs in the Limerick region.

The Community Rugby Department at Munster Rugby comprises five Community Rugby Officers with each one responsible for a group of clubs, schools and colleges within an allocated geographic region.

It also includes a Women's Development Officer, Girls Participation Officer, Limerick Regeneration Officer and 12 part-time Club and Community Rugby Officers working in schools in conjunction with their respective clubs.

The primary role of the department is to increase participation across all areas of rugby throughout Munster. For more details, please email info@munsterrugby.ie.

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