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Ulster Summer Camps Prove A Real Hit

Ulster Summer Camps Prove A Real Hit

After eight weeks of fun and sportsmanship, this year’s Ulster Rugby Summer Camps, sponsored by Centra, have come to a successful close.

This year’s Ulster Rugby Summer Camps came to a total of 18 venues province-wide, with almost 1,200 boys and girls aged 6 to 13 years learning new skills and making new friends.

Each camp lasted five days, during which participants were closely supervised by qualified IRFU coaches.

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2009 also saw the addition of a senior camp at the University of Ulster Jordanstown for young people aged 14 to 17 years with previous rugby experience.

Feedback from all of this year’s camps has been excellent, with the highlight of each week undoubtedly being the visit by the Ulster senior players.

Each Wednesday, the players came to the camps to join in some rugby, sign autographs and speak to the boys and girls about life as a professional rugby player.

Speaking about this year’s camps, Ulster’s Community Rugby Manager, Barry Willis, commented: “The 2009 Ulster Rugby Summer Camps have been a great success, and we have been delighted with the positive feedback from the young people and their parents.

“I would like to thank Centra for their continued support – it was great to see so many of the retailers attending the camps each week.

“With so many boys and girls attending this year’s camps, it is obvious that rugby is very much to the fore of Irish sport and I hope that this enthusiasm will continue through the clubs and schools across the province.”

Centra Brand Manager Nicky Kelly added: “Centra and its independent retail partners have been pleased to support Ulster Rugby Summer Camps again this year and to see the fun and experience the young participants got from them.

“Not only did the children at camps across Ulster get to improve their rugby skills and meet some of the Ulster players, but they also had the chance to make new friends and take some valuable exercise at the same time.”