IMG 0405-350The Transition Year students from Mercy Secondary School Tuam took part in a Leprechaun coaching course last month. The girls, who had played Lep rugby and tag themselves in the past, learned about coaching the key factors in the game, how to introduce fundamental movement skills in their sessions, and experienced refereeing for the first time. To complete the course, the students had to coach the first years in their school and organize a blitz, looking after all aspects of it, from refereeing, playing schedule, etc.

Ann Barker, PE teacher in the Mercy, had this to say about the programme. “Really worthwhile for both the TY students and of course for our first students who took part in the blitz.  The TYs learned so much about the game of rugby and the trials and tribulations of organising an event! It has also encouraged the 1st years to try out rugby at the local rugby club. Win win all round!!”

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The Lep Coaching course is being carried out in other schools across the province who have direct links with their local rugby club. Sacred Heart Westport, The Convent Ballina, The Convent  Ballinasloe, and The Dominican College Galway have all taken part in the programme and have their blitzes scheduled over the next few months.

Anyone interested in this programme can contact [email protected] for more details.

Wendy Hickey

Women’s Community Rugby Officer


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