In total 18 camps will be held across the next six weeks at clubs around the province, starting this week (Monday 2nd – Friday 6th July) at Creggs RFC, Ballinasloe RFC and Sligo RFC.
The Summer Camps, which are run by fully accredited IRFU coaches, are open to boys and girls between the ages of 6-12 and no prior rugby experience is necessary.
Children will get to experience the sport in a fun, safe environment, while developing the basic rugby skills while making new friends and, most importantly, having fun.
A number of Connacht Rugby players will be paying a visit to every camp, while the entire squad will be making the trip to Ballina RFC on Wednesday 11th July to meet the kids, members of the club and wider Ballina community.
Speaking at this morning’s launch at The Sportsground, Joe Gorham Domestic Rugby Manager at Connacht Rugby said:
“We are delighted to officially launch this year’s Connacht Rugby Summer Camps in conjunction with totalhealth Pharmacy. The Summer Camps are a key cornerstone of what we here at Connacht Rugby are all about. Through our 'Grassroots to Green Shirts’ vision we want to get a rugby ball in the hands of every boy and girl in the province and have them experience the benefits of our great sport. We know that every child attending the Camps over the next six weeks will have a fantastic time. We are also thrilled to have totalhealth Pharmacy on board as our new official partner and we look forward to our partnership growing into the future."
Ollie McGuinness, Director totalhealth Pharmacy Group, said:
“The totalhealth Pharmacy Group are delighted to have partnered with Connacht Rugby as the official sponsor of the Connacht Rugby Summer Camps happening in 18 locations throughout the province this summer. Similar to Connacht Rugby, totalhealth Pharmacy is all about supporting communities. Totalhealth Pharmacy has 30 member pharmacies in the Connacht area so the opportunity to partner with Connacht Rugby on this project was a win- win for us. We are excited and looking forward to see the partnership grow and the children having a great time at the Summer Camps.”
Registration is open at community.connachtrugby.ie at the cost of €85, and every child who attends will receive our brand new Connacht Rugby 1/4 Zip Top as well as a water bottle, rucksack and one junior ticket to a selected Connacht Rugby match next season at The Sportsground. Attendees are also in with a chance of winning a 2018/19 Connacht Rugby Season Ticket Membership, which goes to the lucky child who finds the golden ticket located in one random camp pack.
The Connacht Rugby Summer Camps will be held from 9.15am - 1.30pm at the following venues:
2nd – 6th July
9th – 13th July
Carrick on Shannon RFC (located in Boyle Community College, Co. Roscommon)
16th – 20th July
23rd – 27th July
6th – 10th August
13th – 17th August