Umbrella initiative has sevens covered
On this day fortnight (April 5) the Umbrella Foundation will be running the third annual Sevens tournament in Terenure College, with 35 teams already signed up for Boys U-15, Boys U-17 and Girls U-18.
Umbrella 7s is aimed at promoting Sevens rugby in Ireland (IRFU take note), while at the same time supporting the work of the Umbrella Foundation in Nepal. This year's event will have international representation for the first time, with teams from Belgium and England entered.
The tournament will involve separate competitions at the three designated age groups and is unique in that it is open to teams from schools and clubs. Umbrella 7s aims to develop the game at school and youth (club) levels.
Umbrella is an Irish charity which has rescued over 380 orphaned, trafficked and vulnerable children in Nepal, one of the world's poorest countries.
One of the main themes of the competition is having young Irish people helping less fortunate Nepal children, so it is hoped that each participant will aim to raise €50 (€600 per team with significant discounts for schools and clubs entering more than one team).
It is all about young people getting involved in fundraising to help others as opposed to schools, clubs or parents writing the relevant cheques.
For further information contact Ciara Close, tournament co-ordinator, the Umbrella Foundation, on 086 8602913 or irishoffice@ umbrellanepal.org