Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Summer camps proving big success says Paddy Wallace

Master class: Paddy Wallace (right) and Ulster stars Paddy Jackson and Craig Gilroy pass on a few tips to young Jack Ham at his Tesco-supported coaching camps, Included is Tesco's Caoimhe Mannion

Former Ulster and Ireland centre Paddy Wallace hopes to inspire seven to 13-year-olds in achieving their full potential in rugby.

Since hanging up his boots at the end of the season he has –with the support of Tesco – set up a rugby academy and currently is hosting summer camps designed to educate youngsters in the skills and lifestyle required to play the game at the top level.

Already there have been week-long camps at the Holywood and Belfast Harlequins clubs. A third – at Civil Service – finishes tomorrow. Ultimately, though, Wallace's aim is to take rugby beyond such traditional confines.

"I'm really pleased with how it's going; the feedback I've been getting from parents has been excellent," said the man who holds the record for Ulster appearances.

Some of Wallace's former comrades in arms, Paddy Jackson, Craig Gilroy and Nick Williams, have dropped by to lend support and with two more camps being staged before the schools start back – at Bangor (August 11-15) and Coleraine (August 18-22) – Darren Cave and Roger Wilson will be offering their encouragement with visits, too.

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