Connacht Rugby partners, Clubforce, are hosting a Webinar on Wednesday 10th June on the topic of ‘Fundraising in a Virtual World’, something that has become very relevant over the last few months.
 
Clubforce would like to share their wealth of experience and support in this area with all Connacht Clubs. We encourage a member of your club to attend online to gain some invaluable knowledge for future fundraising.
 
Clubforce: Fundraising in a Virtual World Webinar
Date: Wednesday 10th June
Time: 7 PM
Registration link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7314591670880317196
 
“While some clubs have frozen their fundraising activity and are waiting for “things to return to normal”, more and more clubs are recognising that we will have to adjust to a new normal and are accelerating their online fundraising efforts in anticipation of a return to sports participation in the near future. The old reliable ways of fundraising through in-person, cash-based fundraisers have become a thing of the past”.
 
“Clubforce offers clubs the flexibility to handle virtually any fundraising effort with ease online. We provide a range of alternative ways of generating revenue for your club from members and supporters at home and abroad. All fundraising activity is made easier with the Clubforce app, designed to make it easier to raise funds and manage member data from one complete club management system”.
 
In this webinar, Clubforce will look at
– Examples of current Club fundraisers on our system
– Communicating with your members with new fundraisers
– How to utilise the Clubforce App to promote sales

Following yesterday’s statement from the IRFU, Connacht Rugby wishes to reaffirm that the decision to conclude the 2019/20 season applies immediately to all domestic rugby within Connacht Rugby.
 
As is the case with the Men’s and Women’s Energia All-Ireland Leagues, there will be no promotion or relegation in the respective Connacht Rugby Leagues for 2019/20. All teams will remain in the leagues they are currently in for 2020/21.
 
In the respective Cup competitions where the two finalists are known, the cups will be shared with the two teams who have reached the final. In particular, this applies to the Connacht Junior Cup.
 
This also applies to the respective Connacht Schools competitions as there were a number of cups & leagues outstanding.
 
In total 69 leagues and cups were held across Adult, Schools and Youth Rugby. Of those competitions:
25 competitions have been completed with one winner.
15 competitions have ended with shared winners, based on the criteria set out by the IRFU Rugby Committee.
25 competitions have been declared incomplete.
4 competitions are listed as non-competitive.
 
The final status of each competition is listed below. While Connacht Rugby shares in the deep disappointment of the Club & Schools rugby community that the season was unable to conclude, we are fully supportive of the decision by the IRFU to put the physical welfare of our rugby community above all else.
 
We would encourage every member of our Clubs & Schools to continue to adhere to the advice of the HSE and the Irish Government in relation to the current COVID-19 outbreak, particularly with regards to social distancing at all ages.
 
Never before has the sense of community been more important to all of us. Please continue to look out for the vulnerable people within your localities and above, stay safe.
 
CONNACHT RUGBY COMPETITIONS CONCLUSION 2019/20
 
ADULT RUGBY

Women’s League – Westport RFC
Women’s Invitational Plate – Westport RFC 2nd XV
Women’s Invitational Bowl – Ballinasloe RFC
Women’s Cup – Incomplete

Senior League – Sligo RFC
Senior Cup – Sligo RFC
Cawley Cup – Creggs RFC
Curley Cup – Ballinasloe RFC & Corrib RFC shared
Ard na Cregg Cup – Incomplete
Junior Cup – Connemara RFC & Castlebar RFC shared
Junior Plate – Tuam RFC & Westport RFC shared
J1A League – Incomplete (Won by Connemara RFC prior to conclusion)
J1B League – Incomplete
J1C League – Incomplete
J2 League – Portumna RFC & Westport RFC 2nd XV shared
 
SCHOOLS RUGBY

Girls Junior 10s League – Incomplete
Girls Senior 10s League – Incomplete

U14 A League – Incomplete
U14 B League – Athlone CC
U14 C League – Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiaráin
Junior A League – CBS Roscommon
Junior B League – Athlone CC
Junior C League – Gort CS
Senior A League – Sligo Grammar
Senior B League – St. Muredach’s College
Senior C League – Gallen CS

Junior A Cup – CBS Roscommon
Junior B Cup – Athlone CC & Coláiste Éinde shared
Junior C Cup – Enniscrone & Sancta Maria shared
Senior A Cup – Garbally College
Senior B Cup – St. Muredach’s College
Senior C Cup – St. Joseph’s Foxford & Gallen CS shared
 
YOUTH RUGBY

U14 Girls Div. 1 – Non-competitive
U14 Girls Div. 2 – Non-competitive
U16 Girls Div. 1 – Claremorris RFC
U16 Girls Div. 2 – Corinthians RFC & Westport RFC shared
U18 Girls Div. 1 – Ballinasloe RFC & Connemara RFC shared
U18 Girls Div. 2 – Corinthians RFC & Portumna RFC shared

U13 Boys Div. 1 – Non-competitive
U13 Boys Div. 2 – Non-competitive
U14 Boys Div. 1 – Buccaneers RFC (Black team)
U14 Boys Div. 2 – Ballinasloe RFC
U14 Boys Div. 3 – Gort RFC & NUIG RFC shared
U15 Boys Div. 1 – Sligo RFC
U15 Boys Div. 2 – Ballinasloe RFC
U16 Boys Div. 1 – Creggs RFC & Corinthians RFC shared
U16 Boys Div. 2 – Incomplete
U17 Boys Div. 1 – Ballina RFC
U17 Boys Div. 2 – Corrib RFC
U18.5 Boys Div. 1 – Ballinasloe RFC
U18.5 Boys Div. 2 – Corrib RFC & Westport RFC shared

U14 Girls Cup – Ballinasloe RFC & Creggs RFC shared
U14 Girls Plate – Incomplete
U16 Girls Cup – Ballina RFC & Claremorris RFC shared
U16 Girls Plate – Incomplete
U18 Girls Cup – Incomplete
U18 Girls Plate – Incomplete

U13 Boys Cup – Incomplete
U13 Boys Plate – Incomplete
U14 Boys Cup – Incomplete
U14 Boys Plate – Incomplete
U15 Boys Cup – Incomplete
U15 Boys Plate – Incomplete
U16 Boys Cup – Incomplete
U16 Boys Plate – Incomplete
U17 Boys Cup – Incomplete
U17 Boys Plate – Incomplete
U18.5 Boys Cup – Incomplete
U18.5 Boys Plate – Incomplete

Irish Rugby’s 2019/20 domestic season is to conclude with immediate effect due to ongoing concerns over coronavirus.
 
Government action in combatting the virus looks set to continue beyond March 29th. Irish Rugby wants to play its part while giving clubs the chance to put plans in place for the 2020/21 season.
 
The directive applies to all incomplete national and provincial competitions. It was ratified by the IRFU Rugby Committee on Thursday March 19th 2020.
 
Cups will be shared by finalists, where cup competitions have reached the final fixture.
 
There will be no promotion or relegation in any of the five divisions of the Energia Men’s All-Ireland League.
 
The planned expansion of the Energia Women’s All-Ireland League for the 2020/21 season remains in place.
 
There will be no league or cup winners in any competition organised at a national level including the Energia All-Ireland Leagues, Energia Women’s All-Ireland Cup and the Energia Bateman Cup.
 
The Fraser McMullen U20 Cup, the Junior Interprovincial Championships and the round-robin qualifiers for the Energia All-Ireland League will not take place.
 
Speaking about the announcement, IRFU Director of Rugby Development Colin McEntee said:
 
“The decision to end the domestic rugby season for 2019/2020 season has not been made lightly. All options were discussed and the IRFU is satisfied it has arrived at the only equitable solution.
 
These are challenging times for us all and we know clubs will be impacted by this directive, but we will look back at this season as one where we put the physical welfare of our rugby community above all else.
 
Clubs are now in a position to make plans for the 2020/21 season. We look forward to marking the 30th anniversary of the All-Ireland League.”

The Irish Rugby Football Union, together with Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster Rugby have announced the suspension of all Domestic Rugby activity from 6pm this evening 12th March until the 29th March (inclusive), in response to the latest Government advice on the Coronavirus (Covid – 19) pandemic.
 
Future Domestic Rugby activity will be reviewed in line with government advice.
 
Training and Playing
All Rugby activities across Clubs and Schools , from minis to adult rugby, must now cease.
 
Clubhouse Operations:
While Rugby Clubs may wish to continue to operate facilities such as bars and function-rooms they must observe government restrictions in relation to the number of people that may attend indoor (no more than 100 people) and outdoor (no more than 500 people) events.
 
Impact on fixtures of note:
We will work with clubs and schools to rearrange fixtures.
 
Professional Game:
Updates, when available, in relation to the professional game will come from tournament organizers.

Dr. Jean Côté is professor and Director in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University at Kingston (Canada).
 
Dr. Côté has published more than 130 refereed papers and delivered 50 keynote address at major national and international conferences in the ares of children in sport, coaching, positive youth development, and sport expertise.
 
Now, the world-renowned academic will be sharing his expertise with parents, teachers and coaches in Connacht in a seminar entitled “Redefining Success in Coaching”.
 
The event will examine a dynamic and comprehensive approach to short and long-term Athlete Development. This includes:

  • Research and case studies into the elements that affect athlete development
  • Identification of evidence-based principles for the optimal development of athletes
  • The role of parents, coaches & the club/school in developing better people (not just better players)
  • How to keep children interested in rugby and develop personal assets.


 
Connacht Rugby are delighted to welcome a speaker of Dr. Côté’s calibre to the West of Ireland and would highly encourage all parents, coaches and teachers to avail of the opportunity to gain some insights.
 
The event takes place at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th March in GMIT and registration costs just €10 which you can complete below.
 
Please note we are expecting a large crowd so early registration to guarantee entry is recommended.
 
For further details you can contact our Coach Development Manager Eamonn Molloy at [email protected].
 

Connacht Rugby will host a Coaching 7’s workshop on Monday 24th February at the Sportsground.
 
The IRFU’s Head of Coach Education Matt Wilkie will lead attendees through both theory and practical elements of the game.
 
Wilkie, brings a wealth of experience from his with with the Australian Rugby Union and he has worked very closely with both the Men’s and Women’s National 7’s teams since his arrival in Ireland.
 
“As 7’s is still in its early stages of growth in Ireland it offers a huge opportunity for coaches. Coaches we send to tournaments with our clubs or provincial teams are immediately under the eye of the national management”, according to Coach Development Manager, Eamonn Molloy.
 
Coaching 7’s Masterclass
Monday 24th February @ 7pm
Sportsground, Galway
 
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
 

Sligo RFC has become the latest club to adopt the Rugby For Children (RFC) coaching model.
 
The programme has energised the mini rugby experience with players constantly active in a rotation of fun, developmental and skills activities.
 
Coach Development Officer Gavin Foley led the workshop for coaches of U7 to U12 teams, where they could see the GAME Box, SKILL Box and FUN Box in action.
 
Game Box Small Sided Games which avoids bigger numbers of kids with no space and less touches on the ball
Fun Box Allows the players to be less focused with more fun.
Skills Box This allows coaches to focus on key skills with more outcome eg catch/throw tackle tech.
 
This format caters towards children’s needs of variety and changing environments while providing skills development in both game and reduced activities.
 
Credit must go to Phelim O’Connor and David Gerrity of Sligo RFC for facilitating the workshop.
 
Phelim O’Connor says:

“The framework helps coaches to maximize game time – and also helps to remind that there needs to be a balance of fun activities and skills with small sided games throughout every session. We’ve used the format at U11 now for a number of weeks and it’s been working really well. The kids love it, and it has actually helped manage our increasing numbers. With this week’s session it will be great to see the new standard used for all our mini age groups. I can’t see us ever reverting to the standard drills which we used over the years.”
 
Gavin Foley added:

“The level of activity children are experiencing in these sessions speaks volumes. We set out to create a fun experience for children , while supporting the challenges coaches have in time constraints and coaching resources. In clubs who have adopted the programme we are already seeing more skill repetition and smiles on faces.”
 

Connacht Rugby has seen an incredible demand for their education offerings by coaches this autumn with in excess of 250 coaches registering on a series of courses for mini up to AIL.
 
Keeping pace with the evolution of the game and the revamped IRFU courses appear to be driving the numbers which sees 10 courses take place in 8 different venues.
 
The new Coaching Awards of Children, Youth, Senior and Performance in partnership with GMIT has combined the best of rugby knowledge with some of the workshops used by world experts such as Wade Gilbert and John O’Sullivan.
 
In addition to their Coach Development team, all of whom are at the cold face of coaching youth representative squads, Connacht Rugby have called on retired professionals such as JP Cooney and Andrew Browne to present to club coaches.
 
Here are a list of the remaining courses and venues:
 
Youth Coaching Award – 11th & 12th October – Buccaneers RFC
Youth Coaching Award – 8th, 15th & 22nd October – Sportsground, Galway
Youth Coaching Award – 15th & 16th November – Connemara RFC

 
For Coaches who wish to attend one please register HERE.

The IRFU is now taking bookings for their Conditioning Coach Course (CCC).
 
The course is intended to help coaches gain the confidence and competence to condition and prepare players in a safe and enjoyable manner for the game of rugby.
 
The CCC is a practical hands-on course where you will see and practice the many strength and conditioning drills and exercises that are appropriate for the physical preparation of rugby players at all levels.
 
Course Details
The course takes place at the Institute of Technology, Carlow from July 8th to 12th.

Course Fee: €450.00

Presenters
Confirmed presenters include:

Kevin Craddock – Course Director
Dr Nick Winkelman – IRFU Head of Athletic Performance and Science
Provincial and National IRFU Strength & Conditioning Coaches
 
Book Online
Click here to book your place on the course
For more information please email Niamh Nash or call her on 01 6473835
 
Course Objectives
The course is intended to help you gain the confidence and competence to physically prepare the players in your charge in a safe and enjoyable manner for the game of rugby. The course will not make you ‘instantly qualified’ in the area of strength and conditioning – it is an introductory course for those wishing to increase their knowledge base in the area of strength and conditioning and develop their coaching skills.
 
The course also serves as a strong networking opportunity to help you develop relationships with like-minded coaches that you can engage with throughout your career.
 
While there are theory based elements on the course, the course is primarily a practical, hands-on course where you will see and practice the many drills and exercises that are appropriate for conditioning rugby players at all levels.
 
Course Material
You will be supplied with an electronic copy of the key content delivered on the course. The course design is based on movement preparation, movement skills, strength & power and conditioning.
 
The course will cover:

Art & Science of Coaching
Movement Ability & Screening
Movement Preparation
Linear Speed Development (Acceleration & Maximal Velocity)
Multidirectional Speed Development (Agility)
Strength & Power
Athletic Profiling
Rugby Coaching
Rugby Conditioning
Monitoring & Recovery
Periodization (Programming & Planning)

Castlebar Rugby Football Club, in association with Connacht Rugby and Mayo Sports Partnership are delighted to host a seminar entitled “Optimising Performance”
 
The event is free to all, and starts at 18.30 on Monday Feb 11th in Breaffy House Hotel, Castlebar.
 
The event contains a stellar line-up of speakers, and should help any coach or athlete who wants to understand how top performers optimise their performance on a consistent basis.
 
Andy Friend will give the overview that the Head Coach has, including season objectives and season plans.
 
Mona McSharry will speak of her superb achievements in her young swimming career so far.
 
Damien Browne will explain how he motivates himself to push his body and mind in ultimate physical and mental challenges – rowing singlehanded across the Atlantic, and now climbing Seven Summits.
 
Andy Moran will explain the role of captaincy and the challenges it presents.
 
Dave Howarth will explain how new skills can be learned and existing skills can be developed.
 
Colm Tucker will walk the audience through a worked example of how Connacht U18 rugby team won last year’s Interprovincial Championship.
 
Time permitting, there will be a Questions and Answers session to complete the night.
 
It promises to be an inspiring event, and all coaches (of all sports), all athletes, and anybody interested in sport is invited.
 
To register, please email – [email protected]

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