Mullingar boys enjoy Italian trip of a lifetime
Forza Mullingar! The boys from Mullingar RFC U-14s were invited by Rugby Piave to participate in a tournament in an area of northern Italy called Pieve di Soligo, situated just north of Treviso and last week spent a few brilliant days in Italy.
This trip is the latest chapter in Mullingar RFC's tradition of U-14 rugby tours as each year there is an opportunity to play rugby on foreign soil. Forty-two boys and 17 mentors departed from the rugby club last Saturday morning and arrived in Venice to begin a once-in-a-lifetime experience. These boys will build bonds and friendships on tour that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
The trip has been 18 months in planning and funded by various events including a Rock n Bowl evening, table quiz, coffee mornings, bag packs and a club calendar etc. The parents of each of the boys have contributed more than 600 collective hours in organising and delivering each of these events. It has been a massive undertaking and one that the boys will appreciate in years to come.
Over the course of the few days the touring party stayed at the Venezia di Marina campsite, Venice and had six swimming pools and water slides at their disposal. Their trip also included a day trip to one of Europe's biggest adventure parks, Gardaland, in addition to a canal trip into Venice to visit St Mark's Square for a little bit of culture before they made their way by train to Treviso for dinner at the famous Osteria Per Bacco.
However, the main event was on Monday last as they celebrated Italian Liberation Day by taking part in an annual tournament organised by the local rugby club Rugby Piave.
The U-14 players, coaches, management and parents had a brilliant trip and would like to express their gratitude to everyone for all the support and hard work over the last 18 months.