While boats and The Seven Seas ruled Galway this week, Connacht Rugby focused on boots and three Cees as summer camps kicked off in Corinthians, Corrib and Castlebar.

They continue on Monday in Sligo, Dunmore and Gort.SumCamCrrb1

Camp co-ordinator Emer O’Dowd said not only were there more camps this summer compared with 2011, there were more kids registering throughout the province as well. Castlebar and Corrib hosted maiden coaching clinics, and Corinthian numbers were up nearly 15 on last year’s throng.

Connacht Rugby’s domestic games manager Lyndon Jones said the response from parents to date this holiday period was not only a tribute to last year’s efforts, but allowed Connacht Domestic Rugby Department the enviable pleasure of employing several people within the branch fold.

Corrib camp manager Wendy Hickey said the arrival of Connacht premier stars Fetu’u Vainikolo and homegrown centre Eoin Griffin further buoyed spirits in Headford where kids took home Connacht-issue tee-shirts and their own rugby balls.

Camp instructors focus on enjoyment and participation with a view to encouraging youngsters to ally themselves to local clubs and compete in a raft of youth age-grades.

SumCamCrrb2The third round of camps begin on July 16 (in Ballina), and continue through July, and August in Loughrea, Galwegians, Connemara, Monivea, Ballyhaunis, Ballinasloe, Oughterard, Tuam and Westport’s Rice College. Registration details are available through Connacht’s domestic rugby websit



…and a few images from Gort’s camp which began on Monday, July 9…



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