The Community Rugby Development Officers (CRDO's) are keeping busy thanks to huge demand from schools and colleges throughout the Province who are seeking help in developing/introducing rugby.
More schools than ever are looking to introduce rugby to their sports programmes and in the South Down area alone three schools who are completely new to the sport now have a CRDO coming in every week.
Seeing the number of new schools to rugby increase like this is a very positive sign for the development of the game and there are plans later this year to run a subsidiary competition for these new schools with whom the introduction of rugby is in the early stages.
Greater Shankill Sports Committee Coaching Programme
Pupils from Boys Model and Little Flower girls school recently took part in a Sixth Form coaching programme which was run by the Greater Shankill Sports Committee.
The programme is designed to help these young people to achieve a variety of different sporting qualifications ranging from tag rugby to lifesaving.
This week Ulster Branch CRDO Jarrett Truscott came along to run the Tag Rugby Coaching element of the programme which saw 24 students taking part.
It has become an extremely successful programme and has now been running for the past three years.
It also gives the young people the opportunity to utilise their new found skills by gaining coaching experience within their local primary schools.
South Eastern Regional College
Meanwhile in North Down, First Year Sports and Exercise Foundation Degree Course students and First Year Diploma in Sports Studies Students at the South Eastern Regional College have recently completed a tag education course run by CRDO Jason Rainey.
Twenty participants took part in total and it is hoped that many more tag education courses will be run throughout the Province in the coming months.
St Michael's Grammar School Enniskillen Receive Trophy
The Principal of St Michael's Grammar School Enniskillen was presented with a trophy last week for their team winning the Ulster Branch Development Cup earlier this year.
St Michael's are a new school to rugby and performed brilliantly in the competition which took place in May in Omagh.
The Development Cup will be taking place again in the new year for those schools who are still new to rugby and in the early stages of development.
This is an Under 18 competition and any schools who wish to enter are encouraged to get their names in early to avoid disappointment.
Please contact CRDO Darren McGuigan for more information on this event: firstname.lastname@example.org or Youth Development Manager Barry Willis: BarryW@ulsterrugby.com
High Schools Trophy Round 1 Draw
The first round draw of the High Schools Trophy has taken place: Aquinas v City of Armagh HS; Sperrin Integrated v Omagh High School; Bangor Academy v Ashfield Boys HS; Limavady HS v Fivemiletown HS; Drumragh I.C. v Lisnagarvey HS; Strangford v Ulidia; Omagh CBS v Oakgrove. All round 1 games must be played on or before Friday 26th October.