Ulster Rugby Community Rugby Officer Darren McGuigan was one of three speakers at the ‘Spirit of Sport’ Seminar at the Castle Park Leisure Centre in Lisnaskea recently.
The ‘Spirit of Sport’ Seminar was in conjunction with the ‘Time to Change’ programme funded by Big Lottery, Fermanagh District Council and the Healthy Living Centre, Rosslea, and the aim was to help clubs and sporting establishments examine the role of alcohol in their sport and in their community, with a particular focus on the important role that sport can play in the lives of young people.
Ulster Rugby Community Rugby Officer Darren McGuigan spoke to the audience about the structures of the domestic game for rugby in Ulster, particularly game development from grassroots to sub-Academy level and the health and social benefits rugby brings in general.
Darren also spoke about the IRFU’s approach to the issue of education through sport and how alcohol can impact upon players’ lifestyles and the need for local club coaches and officials to empower young people to make healthier choices.
The other speakers at the event were Dr. Lynette Hughes from the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health and Colin Regan, national co-ordinator for the GAA Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Programme.
Lynette and Colin talked about the science of how alcohol affects sporting performance negatively and the role that clubs can take in promoting responsible approaches to alcohol respectively.
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