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Leinster Branch Launches ‘Tackle Education’

Leinster Branch Launches ‘Tackle Education’

The Leinster Branch have launched the ‘Tackle Education’ initiative. The Tackle Education Programme aims to make the important connection between educational attainment and participation in sport and physical activity and will be rolled out in Ballymun’s Trinity Comprehensive College and Patrician College in Finglas in the coming weeks.

Attempting to help participants overcome barriers to the successful completion of their education, the programme will provide an out-of-school sporting and recreational focus (involving tag rugby) to complement their academic work.

Tackle Education is supported by Dublin City Council (DCC) and Ballymun Regeneration Limited (BRL) and in conjunction with Dublin City University (DCU) and the government’s Revitalising Areas by Planning, Investment and Development (RAPID) initiative.

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The official launch of the Tackle Education Programme took place at the 1838 Club restaurant on the DCU campus last week.

Alongside Leinster Rugby President Des Lamont at the event were Unidare RFC youth coach Kevin Furey and President Pat O’Donnell, Rosie King from BRL Ltd, DCC’s Bruce McDevitt, RAPID’s Larry O’Reilly and DCU’s Yvonne O’Connor.

Leinster Branch Community Development Officers Niall Neville and Jack Hanratty were also on hand to present the programme to the assembled crowd.

Commenting afterwards, Hanratty said: “The Tackle Education Programme is an exciting new initiative which could really catch on to schools looking for a new challenge.”

The programme runs for 10 weeks and includes an introduction to various elements of rugby as well as trips to DCU and the RDS plus appearances from special guests.

Schools interested on using this programme are urged to contact the Leinster Branch: Jack Hanratty (tel: 0872112817) or Niall Neville (tel: 0872634757) for more information.