Saturday 21 April 2018

Leinster Club News: 'Spirit of Rugby' to teach key lessons

Leinster Spirit of Rugby Officer Stephen Gore
Leinster Spirit of Rugby Officer Stephen Gore Sportsdesk

The Irish Rugby Football Union has launched the 'Spirit of Rugby' initiative which is a series of practical educational programmes that embody and promote the core values of the game - respect, inclusivity, integrity, fun and excellence.

'Spirit' aims to support players, coaches, volunteers and parents and its primary purpose is to educate those within the game about their rights and responsibilities on and off the field.

The programme will deliver a series of educational workshop for clubs through designated spirit of rugby officers, focusing on safeguarding, anti-doping, disability and health and well-being.

The Spirit of Rugby programme gets under way with a series of workshops on the role of a club welfare officer at the following locations:

• Kingspan Stadium - Tuesday, September 12

• The Sportsground - Tuesday, September 19

• University of Limerick - Wednesday, September 20

• Navan RFC - Thursday, September 21

• Highfield RFC - Tuesday, September 26

• UCD - Thursday, September 28

Speaking at the launch, Anne Marie Hughes, the Spirit of Rugby Programme Manager, said: "The Spirit Programme has been in development for about 18 months now, and is designed to provide enhanced safeguarding training programmes for Club Welfare Officers to promote the welfare of all age-grade players, as well as club resources, online training and social media campaigns that will support clubs and players in promoting the 'Keep Rugby Clean' programme and other initiatives.


"The programme will pilot a 'healthy clubs' initiative that will encourage clubs to be the hub in the community where everyone can engage in activities that promote physical and mental well-being."

For more information on the Spirit of Rugby programme, contact Stephen Gore (the Leinster Spirit of Rugby officer) at

Cill Dara set standard

Leinster Rugby recently launched a club/school of the round Twitter competition where entrants were asked to explain in 140 characters or less why their club or school crest should feature on the Leinster Rugby official match-day programme cover.

Entrants had to use the #FromTheGroundUp hashtag and there was a great reaction from all over the 12 counties.

The winning entry was from Kildare and from Cill Dara RFC and it was their crest that took pride of place on the Leinster-Cardiff Blues match day programme.

This competition will run through the course of the season and anyone interested should keep an eye on the Leinster Rugby social media sites on match week.

Irish Independent

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