CITY OF Derry Rugby Club Vice-Chairman of Rugby Development, Moss Dineen, is hoping players from across the north west’s sporting disciplines will turn out to participate in a unique opportnity to take part in an Ulster Rugby open training session set for Judes Road on July 26th.
Michael Wilson reports
Last season’s defeat Heineken Cup stars are currently in the middle of a hectic pre-season schedule but will continue their preparations with a day of training and engagement which will provide fans in the North West with the opportunity to meet their heroes.
“City of Derry Rugby Club is delighted to host this engagement with Ulster Rugby,” explained Mr. Dineen, “We welcome this connection between the professional and domestic game via the rugby clubs in Derry, Donegal and Tyrone. The promotion and growth of rugby can only be enhanced by Ulster Rugby making itself a community based team, with visits like this throughout the Province.
“City of Derry would like to invite everyone who is interested in Sport in the North West to come along to Judges Road on Thursday next to experience how Professional Rugby Players prepare for the coming season. We would encourage people from other sports like Gaelic, Soccer and Athletics etc. to come along and participate in and try the skill sessions given by the Ulster Players.”
The day kicks off with a mini rugby exhibition when local kids will get the opportunity to display some of their skills in front of the Ulster squad. This will be followed by the Ulster Squad’s 90 minute Open Training Session. The Ulster players will then host a skills challenge.
Barry Willis, Community Rugby Manager at the IRFU Ulster Branch, said he was hoping the visit would help sustain the growing ineterst in rugby across the north west.
“The visit of Ulster Rugby to the North West represents a unique occasion for the general public to meet the professional players, see how they train and get the chance to have a chat with some famous faces they have probably only seen on TV to this point,” explained Mr. Willis.
“For City of Derry, this visit represents the prospect of galvanising interest in rugby across the region and to showcase itself as an important feature of the landscape of rugby in Ulster. For Ulster Rugby as an organisation, this is a great opportunity to say thank you for the strong support the team receives from the North of the Province and to give a little back in the hope of inspiring new participants and followers to the game.”
Full Ulster Schedule
10.30am - City of Derry Mini Rugby exhibition (ends at 11.45am); 10.45/11am - Ulster Rugby team arrives. 12pm - Ulster Team takes to the Pitch for (90 mins) training session. 1.30pm - Ulster Rugby Players Host Skills Session. 2pm - Public Skills Session with the Ulster Players. 2.30pm - Lunch followed by address by Ulster Branch Rep & President of City of Derry RFC