Monday 17 December 2018

Leinster Club News: Olaf's players impress Leinster chief Rynne

Students from St Olaf’s with Leinster Rugby president Niall Rynne (right
Students from St Olaf’s with Leinster Rugby president Niall Rynne (right Sportsdesk

It was a sunny, fresh morning in St Olaf's NS, Sandyford and the students were ready for their weekly tag rugby training but got an additional coach for the day when president of Leinster Rugby Niall Rynne came along to say hello.

The students were playing some excellent tag rugby as Niall watched on and cheered the students playing.

When the games were done and the players had time to catch their breath Niall was more than happy to spend time answering questions from the students while also telling them a bit about Leinster Rugby.

One message was very clear from Niall, "everyone should try a sport at least once, have fun and no matter what sport you try it is always great to be active".

During the games Niall had the time to talk to the teachers and the feedback was very positive on how the students liked the challenge of learning a new sport while being active outdoors.

The programme is supported by St Olaf's NS principal Mr Ger Murphy and St Olaf's teacher Elaine Bloomer, a certified coach who runs after-school training during the week.

Balbriggan recognised with award for Spirit

The Spirit Programme is designed by the IRFU to provide enhanced safeguarding training for club welfare officers (CWO) to promote the welfare of all mini and youth players in clubs across the country.

Each province has a spirit officer, with Stephen Gore filling the Leinster spirit officer role.

The Spirit of Rugby programme aims to support players, coaches, volunteers and parents within the game and to educate them about their rights and responsibilities on and off the field.

Each CWO was invited to attend the provincial welfare seminars to ensure all coaches and managers have been vetted, with club education workshops also being delivered.

Balbriggan RFC were presented with the first Spirit of Rugby Award at the Ireland-Italy Six Nations game last weekend, in recognition of the work carried out by their CWO.

"Balbriggan RFC and their CWO have really embraced the Spirit Programme and ensured that all stakeholders involved in the club are aware of their responsibilities," Gore said.

"Lisa Kelly, Balbriggan's CWO, has been very pro-active ensuring that all volunteers working with age-grade teams have been vetted and has delivered workshops to the coaches and parents informing them of their codes of conduct, the IRFU long-term player development pathway and signposting them to the IRFU youth players' nutrition programme 'Eat to Compete' to help them with the dietary needs of their players".

For more information on our spirit programme and on how your club can win the Spirit of Rugby Award, contact Stephen Gore at

Focus turns to inner city

Leinster Rugby and Dublin City Council have launched a new rugby programme in Dublin's north-east inner city.

The primary reason for this programme is the implementation of rugby sessions in schools within the inner-city area, with a view to develop interest and link people from non-traditional rugby-playing backgrounds to the game.

Bruce McDevitt, Dublin City Council's senior sports officer for the north-east inner city, said, "It was great to see so many active kids in the area enjoying themselves and learning a new sport."

Stephen Maher, Leinster Rugby's community rugby officer for Dublin Central, who will lead the programme, added, "Hopefully we find some future stars that someday will line out in the Leinster blue."

For further information please contact Stephen at:

Irish Independent

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