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Friday 21 September 2018

primary schools Offaly keen on new skills!

Earlier this month a number of primary schools in the west Offaly area converged on West Offaly Lions RFC for the first blitz of the year.

The schools that attended the blitz were Clonmacnoise NS, St Mary's Pullough NS, St Mary's Cloghan NS, High St NS, St Cynoc's Ferbane NS.

Over 100 pupils from fifth and sixth class were in attendance for the tag rugby blitz and the weather did not seem to be a problem for anyone, with misty showers not affecting the rugby at all.

The teams were made up of players that are currently playing rugby with West Offaly Lions, other clubs and players that have never played rugby at all. This gave the games a nice blend of experience, excitement and freshness.

Corey Carty CCRO of West Offaly was really happy with the day. "The kids have really enjoyed their tag rugby over the last few weeks and it's a great and fun way for them to try out their new skills against other schools."

Corey said rugby participation is greatly improving in west Offaly. "I think rugby is definitely on the rise with the proof that six schools were involved."

If any school in west Offaly is looking for a school programme and an introduction to rugby, please contact Corey at WestOffalyCCRO@leinsterrugby.ie

Meanwhile, over the last week pupils in primary schools in west Offaly have been awarded Certificates of Achievement from Leinster Rugby.

Pupils in a number of schools in west Offaly were surprised to receive their certificates after a number of weeks training with West Offaly CCRO Corey Carty. The pupils received their certificates after participating in the Leinster Rugby Primary School Programme.

Each certificate has been signed by former Leinster head coach and current Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt.

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