Ireland stars Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Peter O’Mahony, along with some mini rugby players, were on hand at the Aviva Stadium recently to launch the 2014 Aviva Mini Rugby Festival.
The Aviva Mini Rugby Festival takes place at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, May 17 and for the first time gives the future of Irish rugby an opportunity to ‘play where their heroes play’.
Qualification for the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival is open to affiliated rugby clubs all over Ireland with Under-10 mini rugby teams.
All clubs are encouraged to enter their mini teams into the draw by simply sending an email with your club name and contact information to email@example.com before midday on Friday, May 9.
For more information on the Aviva Mini Rugby Festival, please visit www.irishrugby.ie/avivaminis.
There are 16 mini rugby team places up for grabs in the draw for this opportunity of a lifetime for young rugby enthusiasts. Teams will be selected at random from all the entries received*.
Mark Russell, Aviva Sponsorship Manager, said: “Aviva Stadium is home to national and international sporting teams but it is our grassroots programmes like the Mini Rugby Festivals that are the heart and soul of the sponsorship for us.
“These festivals are a fantastic opportunity to bring the future of Irish rugby onto the pitch at the Aviva to get their very first taste of what it might be like to play for their country.
“We are really excited to welcome the 16 teams to the home of Irish rugby for the very first time on what will be a day full of positive energy on May 17.”
The national festival presents clubs with an opportunity to play rugby against teams from around the country and will be a fantastic day out for the whole club at the Aviva Stadium. This will be a day the mini players, their clubs and families will remember forever.
Hendrik Kruger, IRFU Age Grade Manager, said: “The ethos of mini rugby is to foster and develop young players of all ability in the game of rugby in a safe, non-competitive and enjoyable environment through activities which ensure progressive skill development for all participants in line with the IRFU LTPD pathway, child welfare policy and the traditions of rugby union.
“The Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival is a fantastic opportunity to bring together clubs from all four provinces and help to foster ties between clubs that would not otherwise meet.”
* Terms and conditions apply – the IRFU reserves the right to ammend, alter or change the details of the competition. All decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.