Ulster, Ireland and Lions star Stephen Ferris was on hand at Ravenhill yesterday to launch the 41st edition of the Domino's Pizza Primary Schools Mini Rugby Festival.
The opening day of the competition, which will run each afternoon for the remainder of the week, saw eight schools from across the province competing, and Ferris was impressed with the skills on show from the youngsters.
The flanker commented: "Grassroots rugby like this is just what we need to help the professional game in the years to come so it's always good to see a turn-out like this at these events and there's been a good standard of rugby out there.
"Being injured this year, I've attended a few things like this and it's great to see the kids, families and spectators enjoying it," Ferris added.
On the first day, Strandtown, Belfast won the award for Best Skills while Moyallon, Portadown received the Fair Play accolade.