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Champions Armagh win backing for Blitz bonanza


By Robert Jones

City of Armagh RFC, the SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership champions, have secured continued support from SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland) for its annual end of season Mini Rugby Festival.

The company, which operates the electricity grid, bringing power to every part of Northern Ireland, has again signed up to sponsor the youth festival which this year is taking place on Saturday April 29 at the club. Mini Rugby is the introductory level of the sport throughout Ulster in which boys and girls aged 6-12 gain their first taste of the sport and begin to learn the basic skills.

Over 68 teams from throughout Ireland are expected to take part in what has become the largest Mini Blitz in the province. Ian Hutchinson, Armagh RFC Mini Rugby Convenor, said: "We're thrilled to have SONI's support again. These festivals give kids a taste for the sport at an early age and help to develop and nurture their relationship with the sport. P

"Partnerships like this are imperative to the longevity and success of youth rugby and our Mini Festival marks the official end of the season. It's a great day out and above all lots of fun for the 1300 young people who come along." Fergal Keenan, Agricultural Liaison Officer, SONI said: "As proud sponsor of the SONI Ulster Rugby Premiership and City of Armagh RFC we are delighted to continue to support the development of rugby at a grassroots level and look forward to a fantastic day at City of Armagh Rugby Club."

The Mini Rugby Festival will kick off at 9.30am on Saturday, April 29 with children from all over Ireland taking part.

The festival will be attended by a, yet to be revealed, well-known name from the Ulster Rugby squad who will meet and greet the young fans.

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