Kids to mix it with Ravenhill heroes
Ulster Rugby's annual Summer Camps – which will run between July 1 and August 23 – were launched yesterday.
The five-day camps are run in conjuction with the Centra retail group, with Ulster players visiting to give youngsters tips on the game and an insight to life as professionals.
Robbie Diack, Paddy McAllister and Darren Cave set the tone by attending the launch.
Junior camps are for boys and girls aged 6-12.
These will be staged at over 20 locations, offering youngsters the chance to try rugby for the first time or develop their existing skills in a safe environment with the emphasis on good fun.
Last year saw the introduction of camps aimed specifically at girls playing youth rugby and children with special needs and in view of the success, these will be repeated.
The girls' camps, for 12-17 year olds, will take place at three venues, while the camp for children with special needs will run at Newforge, south Belfast.
The camps for seniors – 13-17 years old boys and girls with previous rugby experience – will take place again in August.
Barry Willis, Ulster's Community Rugby Manager, said: "It's great to have Robbie, Paddy and Darren on board to help us launch our 2013 Summer Camp schedule.
"All three of these players took up the sport as youngsters and our summer camps are a fantastic way to bring rugby to young people all over the province.
"The success of the senior Ulster team has been one of the main reasons for the continued growth in participation at summer camps. Another key factor is the significant support we receive from Centra, who are determined to make the Summer Camp schedule more successful year on year.
"The camps provide an excellent opportunity for those who are new to the game, and those with some experience, to develop their skills in a fun environment and meet new friends."
The camp costs are the same as last year – £50 for juniors, £30 for the girls and special needs groups and £80 for the seniors – with discounts for a second family member.
Prices include a T-shirt, a boot bag, a rugby ball and a voucher to claim a free ticket to an Ulster game at Ravenhill.
Application forms are being distributed to schools and rugby clubs across Ulster and also are available from Centra stores.
Parents can book and pay for camps online. Full details on www.ulsterrugby.com.