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Errigal Eagles Ready To Take Flight

Errigal Eagles Ready To Take Flight

The Errigal Eagles Tag Rugby Club for those with learning disabilities started last Sunday at Finn Valley RFC with the support of representatives from neighbouring clubs, Letterkenny and Ballyshannon.

The Ballymena Bears also travelled to Donegal to help with the launch of the Errigal Eagles. A fun-packed time was had and new friendships formed with everyone taking part in games and a match involving the Bears, the Eagles and even a Newforge Tagger who made a welcome appearance.

Following training, the President of Finn Valley RFC, Gerard Doherty, thanked Tim Craig, Ulster Rugby’s Disability & Inclusion Officer, and Ballymena Bears for making the day such a success.

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He added: “This is an exciting time for rugby within Donegal and with the help of Donegal Sports Partnership and the other local rugby clubs we intend to develop the concept of Tag rugby for those with learning disabilities in Donegal.”

A number of other ‘taster events’ are planned over the coming weeks, the first of which is the Sports Ability Day on Saturday, October 19 between 1.30pm and 4pm at the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny.

The focus of this event will be on those aged 18 years and under and a range of sports will be available for participants to try, which will include Tag rugby.

The Errigal Eagles are the second Tag rugby team for people with learning disabilities to be established in Ulster in the past few weeks, following the establishment of the Portadown Panthers.

Tag rugby is a non-contact sport that is an enjoyable, fun and active way to keep both healthy and fit. It can be played by men, women and children of all ages and all abilities.

This project has been made possible due to the generous support of the NI Executive and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure through the ‘Promoting Equality, Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion through Sport’ programme.

For further information, please contact:

Gerard Doherty (Finn Valley RFC) – 00353867355536/gpdoherty@eircom.net.

Therese Laverty (Donegal Sports Partnership) – 00353749116078/00353749116079/sido@activedonegal.com