Tuesday 18 December 2018

Campout promises to be real treat for minis

Leinster club news

Ashbourne’s U-9 and U-12 mini section
Ashbourne’s U-9 and U-12 mini section

The U-9 and U-12 squads from the ever-expanding Ashbourne RFC mini section will welcome more than 40 visiting clubs to their fantastic Milltown House rugby centre for the annual Rugby and Rollercoasters Campout Festival.

Players from all four provinces of Ireland and overseas teams will arrive around noon at the home of the double All-Ireland Junior champions on Saturday, April 28 to play rugby matches on the splendid all-weather grass pitches for the afternoon.

When the matches are finished and the boots and gumshields packed away the teams will spend the rest of the evening playing outdoor games with new friends, enjoying the catered food and BBQ and then pitching their tents for the campout and sing-song until the official lights out!

On Sunday morning the rugby campers will wake, not too early, for hot breakfast rolls and drinks before heading off to the nearby Tayto Park to enjoy the rides and animal park.

Ashbourne RFC is all about providing top-class rugby for all ages in the community and the annual rugby campout is proving to be a real highlight on the club's annual calendar.

If you would like to attend either, email ashbournerfcminis@gmail.com or contact Sinead White at 0868355679 for U-12s or Mick Flynn at 0868110163 for U-9s.

Disability blitz proves big success

More than 200 players enjoyed a Disability Tag Rugby blitz in Terenure College RFC recently hosted by the Terenure College RFC Tigers.

The Tigers were set up four years ago and now have one of the biggest squads in the country.

Two-hundred players from Westmanstown RFC, Cill Dara RFC, Seapoint RC, New Ross RFC, Coolmine RFC and DLSP RFC took part in the blitz.

The blitz provided a perfect platform for the players from all the clubs to come together to enjoy their rugby, make new friends and have fun.

The blitz, which was run by Bernard Molloy and his coaching team from Terenure College RFC, is a fantastic example of the magnificent work the coaches have been doing with the teams all season.

Stephen Gore, Leinster Rugby's spirit officer, said: "The blitz was very well run; Bernard and his team in Terenure did a fantastic job ensuring the day ran smoothly and that all players got plenty of game time." For more information on disability rugby, please contact stephen.gore@leinsterrugby.ie or 086-6087943.

Coaches in demand

Leinster Rugby are inviting applications from coaches for the 2018 Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Camps which are being run at 28 venues across the province in July and August.

The successful candidates will be responsible for the delivery of the content of the Summer Camp programme to all participants in a safe and fun way which promotes the objectives of the camps.

Successful candidate requirements:

• Holds appropriate IRFU Coaching Stage 1 Qualification (Mini Level)

• Previous experience working with rugby players aged 6-12 years

• Access to own transport and a full driver's licence

• Ability to work as part of a team

• Committed, enthusiastic and motivated

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, March 23. Should you have any queries please contact Ken Moore at ken.moore@leinsterrugby.ie.

Irish Independent

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