Monday 26 September 2016

Summer camps will offer ideal introduction to the game

Published 08/04/2016 | 02:30

Jack O'Donoghue with youngsters at a Munster summer camp
Jack O'Donoghue with youngsters at a Munster summer camp

The ever popular Bank of Ireland Munster Rugby Summer Camps are back for Summer 2016. This summer Munster Rugby have a total of 22 venues throughout the province (please see below for your nearest venue).

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Camp places are available for boys and girls from six years old to 12 years old and each camp takes place over one week (Monday through to Friday inclusive) between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

The cost is €85 per child. Additional children from the same family can attend for the discounted rate of €75 per child. This year there is a Special Promotion Rate of €75 per child for all those who book before May 6.

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Each participant will receive an Official Summer Camp Pack comprising an adidas Summer Camp T-shirt, adidas shorts, adidas socks, draw-string bag, mouth guard and one Junior ticket to a Munster pre-season match.

Children who participate in the camps will get the chance to make new friends, learn more about rugby values such as team work, respect and integrity, and also become more aware of the importance of physical fitness. All this while learning to develop the basic rugby skills of passing, tackling (in a controlled environment), evasion and kicking. Most of all we guarantee lots of fun!

Speaking on behalf of Munster Rugby Damon Urlich, Community Rugby Manager, said: "We are pleased to be launching the Munster Rugby Summer Camp programme for 2016. The camps continue to go from strength to strength each year with the highlight of each camp undoubtedly being the visit of the Munster professional players. One of the benefits of our Camps is that it gets young children involved in sport in a fun and safe environment.

"Research tells us educating children and helping them to be more active from an early age is vital to their future health. A key reason why Munster Rugby Summer Camps continue to be so popular is down to the quality of our experienced staff and their ability to ensure that all children come away with a positive experience at the end of the week".

Central to the Munster Rugby Summer Camps philosophy is ensuring the introduction to the game of rugby in a safe and controlled manner.

The Camps will be managed and run by fully accredited IRFU mini rugby coaches. All Summer Camp staff have undertaken the national Garda vetting process required to comply with the IRFU policy regarding recruitment and vetting to work in age-grade rugby.

There is an online booking facility in place or alternatively you can download a Summer Camp application. For more details please visit www.munsterrugby.ie

Venues and dates

Week 1: Monday 4 - Friday 8 July at Bandon RFC, Garryowen FC, Kilrush Sports Complex (Astro Turf)

Week 2: Monday 11 - Friday 15 July at Highfield RFC, Scariff RFC

Week 3: Monday 18 - Friday 22 July at Castleisland RFC, Midleton RFC, St Mary's RFC

Week 4: Monday 25 - Friday 29 July at Cobh RFC, Killarney Community College, Waterford IT West Campus, Carriganore

Week 5: Monday 1 - Friday 5 August at Ballincollig RFC, Clanwilliam FC, Tralee RFC

Week 6: Monday 8 - Friday 12 August at Muskerry RFC, Bruff RFC, Fermoy RFC

Week 7: Monday 15 - Friday 19 August at Coláiste Stiofáin Naofa (Cork), Nenagh RFC

Week 8: Monday 22 - Friday 26 August at Newcastle West RFC, Old Crescent RFC, Skibbereen RFC

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