Scrums and set pieces, tackles and throw-ins, drop kicks and dead ball lines- the potential international rugby players of the future have been put through their paces at the Ulster Bank IRFU Rugby Summer Camps in Kilfeacle RFC and Waterpark RFC.
With four weeks of the Summer Camps now completed in six different venues in Tipperary, Limerick, Waterford, Cork and Kerry, Munster s rugby stars have been out in force to lend their support to the initiative and offer advice to the future generation of Munster Rugby players.
This week, almost 70 participants at the Summer Camp in Kilfeacle RFC were thrilled with a visit from Munster stars Mossie Lawlor and Stephen Keogh, with over 40 children in Waterpark RFC hugely impressed by Munster hero Jim Williams. Their involvement follows visits in previous weeks to various camps from the top players of Munster Rugby, including Peter Stringer, John O Sullivan, Frankie Sheahan, Christian Cullen, Frank Murphy, Alan Quinlan, Trevor Hogan, Anthony Horgan, Denis Fogarty, John Kelly and Tomas O Leary.
Provincial Development Manager Ultan O Callaghan is delighted with the success of the Camps to date, paying tribute to both the participants and the parents. It s been a fantastic few weeks, and much of its success is down to the wonderful attitude of the children and their parents. Similarly, the clubs and schools have been excellent in lending support, and their co-operation and support is vital in ensuing the success of the Summer Camp programme. Likewise, we are thrilled with the support from the Munster team, and their involvement has given the children a great boost.
The aim of the Ulster Bank IRFU Summer Camps is to bring more young people into contact with rugby in a fun and friendly atmosphere. With the emphasis on fun and learning rather than competition, the camps are professionally managed by IRFU Development Officers to ensure that every child that takes part gets the chance to develop their own rugby skills. Almost 650 children have already taken part at 6 different venues, including Thomond Park, Limerick, Colaiste an Spioraid Naomh, Cork, Killarney RFC, Bandon RFC and in the week just gone, Kilfeacle RFC and Waterpark RFC. The camps will continue across Munster for the month of August, with seven further camps scheduled. Over one thousand children from all over the province are already signed up, with spaces still available for others wishing to participate and improve their rugby skills, make new friends and have fun.
For more information/application form, contact the Development Office on: 021 4323693 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The application form is also available online. Simply click on the link on the "Development" link on the Munster Rugby homepage.
ULSTER BANK IRFU SUMMER CAMPS REMAINING
1st August 2005:
TIPPERARY: Clonmel RFC
KERRY: Tralee RFC
8th August 2005:
CORK: Midleton RFC
CORK: Town Park, Charleville
15th August 2005:
CORK: Clonakilty RFC
LIMERICK: Newcastlewest RFC
22nd August 2005:
CORK: Old Christians RFC, Rathcooney
In addition to the Ulster Bank IRFU Summer Camps, there are a number of other Rugby Camps taking place in Co. Clare in the coming weeks. In the week just gone, a very successful camp was held at St. Senan's RFC, with three further Camps taking place in the coming weeks.
Please contact the Development Office for further details