Ulster will hit the road later this week as they travel to the north west of the province for a day of training and engagement at City of Derry Rugby Club.
The event will start at 11am this Thursday (July 26) and will provide Ulster fans in the north west with the opportunity to meet their heroes and see how they train.
The Ulster squad is currently in the middle of a hectic pre-season routine but will continue their preparations with an Open Training Session in front of an expected large crowd at City of Derry’s Judges Road ground.
The day kicks off with a Mini Rugby Exhibition when local kids will get the opportunity to display some of their skills in front of the Ulster stars.
This will be followed by an Ulster squad 90-minute Open Training Session. The Ulster players will then host a skills challenge and will pass on some tips to current players and members of the public who could become potential Ulster stars of the future.
Barry Willis, Community Rugby Manager at the Ulster Branch of the IRFU, commented: “The visit of Ulster Rugby to the north west represents a unique occasion for the general public of the north west to meet the professional players, see how they train and get the chance to have a chat with some famous faces they have probably only seen on TV to this point.
“For our hosts at City of Derry RFC this visit represents the prospect of galvanising interest in rugby across the region and to showcase itself as an important feature of the landscape of rugby in Ulster.
“For Ulster Rugby as an organisation, this is a great opportunity to say thank you for the strong support the team receives from the north of the province and to give a little back in the hope of inspiring new participants and followers to the game.”
Moss Dineen, Vice Chairman of Rugby Development at City of Derry Rugby Club, added: “City of Derry Rugby Club is delighted to host this engagement with Ulster Rugby in the north west of the province.
“We welcome this connection between the professional and domestic game via the rugby clubs in Derry, Donegal and Tyrone.
“The promotion and growth of rugby can only be enhanced by Ulster Rugby making itself a community-based team, with visits like this throughout the province.”
ULSTER OPEN TRAINING SESSION AT CITY OF DERRY RFC –
Thursday, July 26
10.45am – Mini Rugby Exhibition (ends at 11.30am)
11.00am – Ulster squad arrives
12.00pm – Ulster Open Training Session
1.30pm – Ulster host a Skills Challenge