Ulster Rugby will host three ‘Try Rugby’ programmes this summer to offer children the chance to hone their skills.
The multi-day rugby and fitness events for boys and girls aged 9-12 years will be held in West and North Belfast in July and in Londonderry in August. Qualified coaches will help the youngsters to develop a range of rugby skills, while fitness experts will also attend to pass on some advice.
Barry Willis, Community Rugby Manager at Ulster Rugby, said: “These ‘Try Rugby’ taster events are a great way to bring rugby to young people. The success and popularity of the senior Ulster team has been one of the main reasons for the continued growth in participation in rugby but another key factor is the significant support we receive from DCAL, who have funded over 20 staff to grow the game in non-traditional areas.
“The camps will provide an excellent opportunity for those who are new to the game and those with some experience, to develop their skills in a fun, safe environment and meet new friends,” he added.
Umberto Scappiticci from Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, who will host the West Belfast event, said: “This is the first rugby event of its kind to be held in this area and it’s tremendous to see.
“Ulster Rugby’s Community Rugby Coach, Roy Lawton, has been doing some brilliant work in the community, particularly in local schools, so this is the natural next step. The camps will allow many more children to take part and enjoy a few days of rugby.”
You can register by phoning Darryl Petticrew on 02890494806 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Full details of the events can be found on www.ulsterrugby.com/domestic.
Try Rugby Programmes
West Belfast - 7-9 July, 10am-1pm, Brook Activity Centre, 25 Summerhill Road, Dunmurry, Belfast, BT17 0RL
North Belfast- 7-8 July, 1-3pm, Hammer Playing Fields. Agnes Street, Shankill Road, Belfast, BT13 1GG
L~Derry- 18-20 August, 10am-12pm, Bishop’s Field Sports Centre, Creggan, L~Derry, BT48 9QG.