Friday 19 January 2018

David is inspired by his love of the game

Leinster club news

School pupils enjoying the fun at Skerries RFC’s recent rugby blitz
School pupils enjoying the fun at Skerries RFC’s recent rugby blitz

David Hurley, CCRO (club community rugby officer) has been the face of Leinster Rugby within Westmanstown RFC for the past three years.

David not only works within the rugby club, but covers national and secondary schools in the area while supporting the great programmes run by Dublin County Council.

David tells us his reason for coaching.

"I'm coaching because I love the game and enjoy giving back in a positive way and passing on my passion to kids and players across Dublin 15.

"As a CCRO it's with great joy I get to go to work every day doing what I love and spreading the love for the game of rugby and he believes the future of rugby lies in the hands of every young aspiring kid across the country and by playing his part in getting more kids playing the sport."

David's ambition to continue the development of Westmanstown RFC is something to be admired.

"I would like to continue developing my knowledge of the game by working alongside more experienced coaches and gain more coaching so I can pass on that knowledge of learning to play the Leinster way."

Blitz a big success

They came from all over the town of Skerries for the first tag rugby blitz of the season.

More than 450 pupils from fifth and sixth classes in St Patrick's SNS, Scoil Mobhí, Milverton and Scoil Réalt na Mara converged on Skerries RFC in sunshine to showcase their skills, enthusiasm and energy to the watching teachers and parents.

Leinster CCRO Andy Carabini, who has worked very closely with the schools, was impressed by the improvements since last season.

"We only had a week or two to try to refresh what the kids learnt before the summer holidays, but it is obvious today from the standard of play across the board that they have really taken to our primary schools programme.

"The games-based approach we use is working, with the emphasis on learning through active participation in fun games."

Andy thanked Skerries RFC for providing the facilities, as well as his fellow Leinster coaches who helped out on the day, as well as Aidan and Jonny from the club.

He also had a special word of thanks for the teachers and pupils who took part for making it such a memorable day. Until the next one!

Irish Independent

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