The Irish Rugby Football Union has launched the 'Spirit of Rugby' initiative which is a series of practical educational programmes that embody and promote the core values of the game - respect, inclusivity, integrity, fun and excellence.
'Spirit' aims to support players, coaches, volunteers and parents and its primary purpose is to educate those within the game about their rights and responsibilities on and off the field.
The programme will deliver a series of educational workshop for clubs through designated Spirit of Rugby officers, focusing on safeguarding, anti-doping, disability and health and well-being.
The four provincial Spirit of Rugby officers are Luke Murphy (Connacht), Stephen Gore (Leinster), Emily O'Leary (Munster) and Kerry Spence (Ulster).
The Spirit of Rugby programme gets underway with a series of workshops on the role of a Club Welfare Officer at the following locations:
"'Spirit' is intended to communicate and reinforce Irish Rugby's values across all levels of the game, resulting in vibrant, sustainable clubs, active volunteers and strong, clean players who can demonstrate respect for the game and themselves.
"The programme will pilot a 'healthy clubs' initiative that will encourage clubs to be the hub in the community where everyone can engage in activities that promote physical and mental well-being."
For more information on the Spirit of Rugby programme in Connacht, please contact email@example.com.