Belfast Telegraph

Budding rugby youngsters get to try Ulster’s summer camp

by Michael Bashford

Phoenix Ulster Rugby Academy staff and players, both past and present, have helped launch this year’s Ulster Rugby Senior Summer Camp at Jordanstown, which offers young people taking part the chance to experience a week in the life of an Academy player.

The Senior Summer Camp, sponsored by independent retail group Centra as part of a package of support for the full programme of Ulster Rugby Summer Camps, is for young people aged 13 to 17 years and is specifically for those with previous rugby experience. The camp is based at the University of Ulster Jordanstown and will last five days in August. Ulster Rugby believes young players from Greater Belfast, North Down and across Co Antrim will be keen to take part in the camp.

Under the guidance of Ulster Academy high performance manager, Gary Longwell and his team, young people attending the camp will gain an insight into the pathway taken by Ulster’s Chris Henry who attended the Academy from 2003 to 2006 and current Academy player, Nevin Spence.

While the senior camps will be led by qualified IRFU coaches and development staff, High Performance coaches from the Phoenix Ulster Rugby Academy will take specific training sessions throughout the five days, based on the various aspects of Rugby Union. These sessions will focus on the individual skills of evasion, catching, passing and decision making, as well as team and unit skills, such as back-line attack and forward play. In addition, strength and conditioning coaches will be on hand to offer practical advice and guidance to participants.

As well as the practical sessions, Summer camp staff will offer advice on nutrition for young rugby players, and will hold a workshop on mental preparation.

Young people attending the senior camps will also have the opportunity to sample the excellent facilities at the High Performance Centre in Jordanstown and learn more about the training involved in playing higher level rugby.

Commenting on the Senior Summer Camp, newly appointed Ulster Rugby talent ID officer, Darryl Callaghan said: “The senior Summer Camp is an excellent opportunity for young people experienced in rugby to further their skills under the watchful eye of our much experienced High Performance and IRFU coaches. The facilities at the High Performance Centre are fantastic and will give the participants a great insight into the environment of a player at this level.”

Full information on this year’s Summer Camps and how to book a place are available on

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