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Youths and Minis Summer Review 2010

Summer Camp
Kilkenny rugby club hosted the Leinster Rugby Summer Camp at Foulkstown last week and 43 aspiring young players aged 6 to 12 attended the well organised camp which is run by the Leinster Branch of the IRFU.

The aim of the camps which are run throughout the country in all 4 provinces is the promotion of rugby. The young players experience a full week of rugby where the key skills are introduced and improved on through fun filled and innovative coaching by qualified coaches who specialise in development and children’s sport which many coaches and parents rarely realise is light years away from adult coaching.

The boys and girls on camp loved every minute with the Leinster Branch bouncy castle, specially designed and used to improve kicking, passing and agility being a highlight along with the appearance on Wednesday of two of Ireland’s most exciting young players Cian Healy and Jamie Heaslip.

The two players conducted a very intensive question and answer session where they were grilled on training, diet, discipline, favourite teams and clubs as well as playing with the young players and signing autographs and shirts.

The camp pack of Leinster Canterbury t-shirts and playing gear worn by the youngsters were adorned with autographs and many remained unwashed for the remainder of the week when the tired players were presented with their certificates.

Next week, 9th-13th of August, the coaches move to Tullow, Co. Carlow for one of the biggest camps in Leinster. Tullow who promote the camp well have used the Leinster camps to dramatically grow their underage membership in recent years.

Under age training resumes this Thursday for under 17s and under 19s at 7 pm. Kilkenny will compete in the premier division of the Leinster under 17 league, arguably the most competitive league in club under age rugby as well as the south east league and the Culliton cup .The under 17s will have their first match versus a Kilkenny college selection in mid September. The under 19 side will compete in the south east league and the Leinster development league where they will be expected to be extremely competitive as well as the under 19 cup.

New players
New players are most welcome at any stage, especially in pre-season where they have a chance to learn the game and settle in to the squads. For more info contact Mick McGrath at 086 8242735 or any club member

Datelines are under 17; players must be born in 1994, or 1995. Under 19 players born 1993 and 1992

Teen Tag
The final night of the 4 week Teen Tag league run by the under 19 team will be played on Wednesday next, 11th August, weather permitting.

Anyone 15 to 19 years of age are welcome male or female and teams are picked on the night. The standard has been high but the crack mighty this year as the girls especially have shown the lads how to play.

The league is a great way of upping skill levels over the summer as handling speed, evasion and support play are the key skills involved as well as meeting new friends and developing team spirit. Great credit is due to Dennis Hogan. Emmett Lynch, Ronan Moran and company for running this event.

Mick McGrath, 9th August 2010