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Ulster Rugby Easter Camps Open For Registration

Ulster Rugby Easter Camps open for registration

Ulster Rugby has announced details of a programme of one-day camps that will run during the Easter holidays for boys and girls.

Following a successful introduction of Easter Camps last year, this year’s programme will feature new Digital Skills Workshops, in addition to the established Junior Camps, School of Excellence Camps and Disability Rugby Camps.

Eight Camps

In total, there will be eight different camps at seven different venues across the Province.

The new Digital Skills Workshops are the perfect opportunity for young tech wizards with an interest in rugby. Held at Kingspan Stadium, the home of Ulster Rugby, young participants will get to learn basic coding skills, design their own robot, and enter it in the first ever rugby robot’s tournament. Two Digital Skills Workshops will be held on 28th March (P3 – P7) and 6th April (Year 8 – Year 11).

Junior Camps for boys and girls from P3 to P7 will take place at Letterkenny RFC (26th March), Belfast Harlequins RFC (30th March) and Monaghan RFC (4th April).

A School of Excellence Camp for more experienced Year 8 to Year 11 players will be held at Ballyclare High School on Monday 2nd April, while Disability Rugby Camps for those aged 6 and over will be held at Newforge Country Club on Wednesday 4th April and Portadown RFC on Thursday 5th April.

All Ulster Rugby Junior Camps, School of Excellence Camps and Disability Rugby Camps are player-centred with delivery by coaches directed to the needs of the participants. Development of the players’ technical and tactical understanding is supported through the use of small sided games throughout the camps.

Qualified Team

Each camp is staffed by appropriately qualified and experienced IRFU accredited coaches, and is managed by an experienced member Ulster Rugby staff.

The cost to attend any of the Junior Camps, Disability Camps or Digital Skills Workshops is just £10, while it is £25 for a place on the School of Excellence Camp.

Commenting on the announcement of the camps, Barry Willis, Acting Domestic Rugby Manager at Ulster Rugby said:

“This is another exciting step in the delivery of our annual camps programme, following the success of both the summer and Halloween camps. With the introduction of the Digital Skills Workshops, we are now engaging with another audience of young rugby fans and that can only be good for the growth of the game as a whole.”

For full details of this year’s Ulster Rugby Easter Camps or to book your places now, visit here.

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#READYFORRUGBY Support Webinars: Registration Open

IRFU Participation Rugby Operations Manager David Keane said:

“These are the first of a wider series of support webinars we’ll be making available to clubs and schools over the coming weeks and months. The feedback on this format has been really positive and they provide a new way for the IRFU and provinces to engage directly with clubs and schools.”

“COVID-19 Safety Planning is the first consideration for anyone who wants to be get ready for rugby. Once those plans are in place, non-contact rugby will be the first format of the game we’re likely to see up and running. The content of these webinars reflect this and are designed to get our communities back in action as soon as permitted.”

#ReadyForRugby Support Webinar 2: How To Run A Touch Rugby Competition Within Your Club

Time: Thursday 25th March 2021, 13:00 – 13:30

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/RFR-Web-2

Presenters:

Suitable For:

  • Adult & Age-Grade Coaches
  • Team Managers, COVID-19 Club/School Safety Officers & Compliance Officers
  • Club Officers & Volunteers

Touch rugby competitions within a club or school are a proven way to offer fun and competitive playing opportunities that are compliant with public health measures and focus on skill and athletic development.

This webinar will run you through the basics of touch rugby, how to prepare for members’ return and how to set up competitions within your club.

#ReadyForRugby Support Webinar 3: Making Your Club An Amenity For Your Community

Time: Monday 29th March 2021, 13:00 – 13:30

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/RFR-Web-3

Presenters:

  • Anne Marie Hughes (IRFU Spirit Of Rugby Manager)
  • Portarlington RFC Case Study
  • Ballynahinch RFC Case Study

Suitable For:

  • Club Officers & Volunteers

Featuring working case studies, this webinar will look at how clubs are using their facilities to provide an outlet for wellbeing and physical activity to the wider community. It will also provide details of government campaigns that support this type of activity.

#ReadyForRugby Support Webinar 4: An Introduction To Coaching Touch Rugby

Time: Thursday 1st April 2021, 13:00 – 13:30

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/RFR-Web-4

Presenters:

Suitable For:

  • Adult & Age-Grade Coaches
  • Team Managers
  • Club Officers & Volunteers

This webinar is designed to help clubs and schools who want to know more about touch rugby as an offering to players for skill development, fitness and fun. It will provide an overview of resources available for first-time coaches of touch rugby.

#ReadyForRugby Support Webinar 5: RugbyConnect Refresher For Administrators

Time: Tuesday 6th April 2021, 13:00 – 13:30

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/RFR-Web-5

Presenters:

  • Lucy Mulhall (IRFU)

Suitable For:

  • Club and School Administrators
  • Club Officers & Volunteers

RugbyConnect is the IRFU’s online administration system for clubs and schools. This webinar will walk through updates to the system and help refresh knowledge for clubs and schools ahead of any return to rugby activity.

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Former All Black Craig Newby Signs As Ulster’s New Skills Coach

“The positive environment at Ulster, together with how the club is run – both on and off the field – are what I am looking forward to being a part of when I join later this year. By bringing my personality and skillset as a coach to the role, I hope to build on the great work already underway.”

New Zealand-born, Craig Newby, will take up the role of Skills Coach for Ulster Rugby this summer ahead of the commencement of the 2021/22 season after signing a 1-year deal with the province.

With an extensive rugby career to-date, Newby is set to join Ulster as Skills Coach from his current role as Director of Rugby at St John’s School in Leatherhead.

A back-rower in his playing days back in New Zealand – which included a stint captaining the Highlanders and representing his home country as an All Black – Newby made the move to England in 2008 when he signed for Leicester Tigers, and was part of the side that won the Premiership Final during his first season at the club.

Since making the move into coaching, the 41-year-old has gone on to hold a number of positions within the English National Leagues, and was with the NEC Japan Top League as Forwards and Defence Coach for a season. Newby also currently holds the role of England U20 Women’s Forwards Coach and has been involved in the coaching set-up for both the Wasps U18s and Harlequins U16s.

On the signing, Ulster Rugby Head Coach, Dan McFarland, said:

“I look forward to welcoming Craig, and to working alongside him as he makes the role his own and plays his part in our ambitions going forward as a squad.”

Commenting on his new role, Craig Newby, added:

“The positive environment at Ulster, together with how the club is run – both on and off the field – are what I am looking forward to being a part of when I join later this year. By bringing my personality and skillset as a coach to the role, I hope to build on the great work already underway.”

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