The Ulster Branch was a very busy place last week as the development officers took part in a weeks training at Ravenhill and Shaws Bridge.
Twelve new Youth Development Officers (YDO's) took up their posts on Tuesday when the training commenced along with the rest of the development officers which saw them undergo Child Protection and First Aid Training, Disabled performers training and an Associates Referee Course.
The guys then took to the field at Shaws Bridge on Friday where the CRDO's led them in a series of skills and drills focusing on some the key areas of work they will face in the season ahead.
The work of all the development officers is vital to the development of the game and funding from DCAL, Sport NI and the IRFU has meant that development officers have been employed all over Ulster.
This year also sees two Donegal YDO's being employed for the first time which is testament to the interest and commitment to further develop rugby in the province.
New Ulster Branch website Launched
The Ulster Branch website has got a fresh look. As well as a different layout, the site also has many new sections and it is hoped that everyone will find it much more user friendly and interesting.
All the old sections are still there but laid out differently however you should have no problems in finding your way around.
Please contact Paula on 028 9049 3111 ext 249 if you have any queries.
One of the newer features of the site is the 'Seasonmaster' under the referee's section, which is where referees now log in. Seasonmaster is a fantastic new system, which means that referees text match scores to the system that is then updated automatically every weekend, meaning that all league tables are up to date with the press of a button. Access to the site is still by going to www.ulsterrugby.com and clicking on the Ulster Branch link on the left hand side.
Medical kit presentation
Prior to the Ulster v Leeds Carnegie game at Ravenhill on Friday night, the Ulster Branch held a small presentation where the five clubs who helped to host the U19 Rugby World Championship were presented with the medical kit from the tournament.
Representatives from Belfast Harlequins, Malone, Bangor, QUB, Instonians and Cooke were invited along where Ulster Branch President David Workman thanked them for their generous contribution to the hugely successful competition back in April.