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Develop your skills this summer at an Ulster rugby camp

By Ali Gordan

Ulster rugby stars Ruan Pienaar, Roger Wilson and Robbie Diack have teamed up with independent retail group Centra to kick off this year's Ulster Rugby Summer Camps.

With over 1,500 places available, the five day camps will be held between June 30 and August 22. Qualified youth coaches and Ulster players will be in attendance to give youngsters tips on the game and sign autographs.

Aimed at boys and girls aged 6 to 12, Junior Camps will he held at over 20 different locations, offering children the chance to try the sport for the first time or develop existing skills.

Extra camps have been set up in this year's Centra Summer Camp to cater for the growing popularity of girls' youth and children with special needs' rugby. The girls' camp for 12 to 17-year-olds will run across four venues, whereas the children with special needs' camps will be held at Newforge Sports Complex in South Belfast and Coleraine RFC.

The Senior Camp, set up for boys and girls aged 13 to 17, will build upon previous rugby experience. Focusing on all aspects of rugby, the Senior Camp will take place in August at University of Ulster at Jordanstown.

Nikki McDowell, Centra Brand Manager, said: "This is the sixth year that Centra and its independent retail partners across Northern Ireland have supported Ulster Rugby Summer Camps, and we are very proud of that association.

"The camps offer young people the chance to learn new skills and of course meet Ulster Rugby players, who drop into every camp throughout the summer. The additional camps allow many more children to take part and enjoy a week of rugby during the summer holidays."

Barry Willis, community rugby manager at Ulster Rugby, said: "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.

"It's great to have Roger, Robbie and Ruan on board to help us launch our busiest ever 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."

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