A group of 47 players representing 12 different club or school sides in Munster or Connacht plus a touring UK youth side from Stowmarket RFC turned out for the first successful High Performance Charity Rugby Clinic being held by RugbyCamps.ie and PSA Academies at Munster & Leinster Rugby venues through April.
The fantastic 4G facility at the University of Limerick was the venue for a full on half day programme that included tuition and drills in fundamental rugby skills around attack and defence (using the cutting edge rugby tech provided by Shadowman Sports) plus a wide array of exercises, games and challenges focusing on the physical and mental development of the players.
The coaching team comprising of head coach Johne Murphy plus guest coaches Ben Swindlehurst (current Young Munster RFC 1st team player and attack coach to Glenstal Rugby, 2018 Munster Schools Senior Cup winners), Rob Cassidy (S&C coach to Young Munster’s Senior squad) and PSA Acadamies Head of Operations Cory Brown expertly rotated the group aged 10 to 16 years through the 4 hour schedule.
With conditions holding up well, the group got the best of the day on one of the top end 4G pitches adjacent to the clubhouse facility, allowing parents and other interested onlookers a great chance to observe the high performance development approach of the combined RugbyCamps.ie & PSA Academies team at first hand.
The feedback post-event from parents and players alike was very positive, with a number expecting to book their places at either the Roscrea Rugby Academy from 1-6 July or the Kilkenny Rugby Academy from 12-17 August off the back of the experience.
The Charity Rugby Clinics now move on to Dublin and Kenilworth Sq North where another good sized group is expected to attend, with charity partners UNICEF Ireland to benefit from a €10 per person booking.