Railway’s director of Women’s rugby and former Leinster player, Shirley Corcoran, said there were huge opportunities for girls in the sport of rugby, stating: "This camp is an ideal opportunity for girls to try rugby in a fun and enjoyable environment.
"Rugby is an excellent sport for girls and has an emphasis on fitness, skills, agility and speed. There are huge opportunities for talented girls to advance quickly in the sport, especially with Sevens in the Olympics in Rio 2016."
The camp will primarily be focused on skills development (including handling, evasion and decision making), general movement, game awareness, and technical skills.
The rugby will be touch or ‘soft contact’ rugby and will focus on Sevens skills. This will ensure a safe and controlled environment. The camp will culminate in a tournament on the final day.
Railway’s director of rugby John Cronin said the potential upside for girls was huge. "In four years' time and every four years from then, there could be fifteen Katie Taylors playing rugby for Ireland at the Olympics, not to discount the opportunities for girls to play for Leinster or Ireland," he said.
"Many of the girls who will achieve in this sport will have never played it up to now and will be ‘crossover athletes’ who play other sports. Some girls will find they have a unique talent for rugby and will excel at the game."
Cronin said the quality of coaching given to the girls would be of the highest standard, adding: "The camp will be run by Meddy Baker and Matt Brown. Meddy has played representative rugby for New Zealand in fifteen-a-side and Sevens and she has won the World Cup at rugby league, as well as winning six Hong Kong Sevens titles."
In addition, Cronin said some of Railway's recent Leinster Senior Women’s squad members, Kim Flood, Claire Ryan and Eimear Flannery, will also be assisting.
"Kim, Claire and Eimear have all run sports camps in the past and Eimear works in the field of physical activity education for children and young people.
"Their professional experience, along with their sporting achievements, makes them ideal role models for aspiring young female players."
There will be special guest sessions and visits from Fiona Coghlan, the inspirational Ireland Women's captain, and some of her Irish team-mates, and by members of the Leinster senior Men's team. Leinster Women's Development Officer Jennie Bagnall will also be in attendance.
Booking: Book online at www.railwayunionrfc.com/book
Day Camp for players born from 1995 to 2001
Dates: Tuesday, October 30, Wednesday, October 31, Thursday, November 1 and Friday, November 2
Time: 9.30am to 1pm each day, with registration at 9am each morning
Venue: Railway Union RFC, Park Avenue, Sandymount
Cost: €60 (discounts for second/third girl from same family)
Places are limited, so early booking advised. Refreshment packs and camp T-shirts will be provided.