Sligo IT Hosts National Schools Blitz

Sligo IT hosted more than 500 children Friday, March 9.

Youngsters from 24 schools flocked to the Connacht’s northernmost blitz for a great day of touch rugby. The blitz is an annual fixture on the Connacht calendar – a Sligo RFC and Connacht initiative geared toward sparking rugby enthusiasm in its youngest demograph.

Run in co-operation between Connacht Rugby and the Sligo Sports Partnership, Blitz organiser Ross Mannion said the Blitz was a fitting finish to a winter which has taken in more than 30 schools in the Sligo catchment.

Touch rugby is a non-contact variation of the traditional game, similar to tag rugby and focuses on ball-handling, spatial awareness, and athletic competition.

“It was a great day for all involved, all the children and teachers were brilliant and a credit to their schools and families. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves,” Mannion said.

“Hopefully we’ll see a lot more of them in the coming years playing rugby with Sligo Rugby Club.” Mannion also thanked teachers and principals for their input and encouragement.

“We are indebted to the Sligo Sports Partnership too, they make any sort of community event like this an absolute breeze at our end and pretty much shoulder any logistic headache. They do a great job.”

Aside from Connacht Branch personnel, Sligo’s Summerhill transition students James Hampson and Darren Harte also slotted in well as assistants. (contributed – Ross Mannion)

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