Meath Local Sports Partnership has teamed up with the IRFU and Leinster Rugby to roll out the Play Rugby Initiative to Primary Schools in Meath.
The goal of Play Rugby is to introduce rugby to as many children as possible. The initiative is aimed at 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th classes and consists of training sessions with a local Community Rugby Officer (CRO) working on behalf of Leinster Rugby. These sessions are designed to have full participation by pupils in a fun, safe environment. They are suitable for both boys & girls and are non-contact. Teacher training is also included in the programme.
As part of the initiative the school also receives a Play Rugby pack the pack contains 6 rugby balls, a set of cones, and a set of bibs, game cards and posters for the schools.
If your school has been trained in Play Rugby, you can follow on to the ‘Give it a try’ programme. ‘Give it a try’ is a participation based tag rugby programme aimed at getting more kids active in rugby in their school. Over the course of a 4-6 week block of coaching, participants learn a range of generic sports skills along with the rules of tag rugby. At a point during the block of coaching, the young players will get a chance to play in a tag rugby participation blitz in their local club.
If your school is interested in finding out more on the Play Rugby Initiative, Give it a try programme or if you are interested in finding out further information on Rugby programmes both in the school and the community please contact Billy Phelan, Community Rugby Officer with Leinster Rugby at Billy.Phelan@leinsterrugby.ie