The primary reason for these two appointments are in order to co-ordinate the implementation and delivery of integrated rugby programmes with a view to developing interest and link people from non-traditional Rugby playing backgrounds.
Leinster Rugby currently implements programmes designed to increase participation in rugby, develop emerging talent and to educate coaches and volunteers in relation to best practice. In order to maximise efficiency and effectiveness Leinster Rugby utilise Community Rugby Officers to facilitate the implementation of these programmes.
This partnership has already proved a great success among the young people of Dublin City in areas such as Ballymun, Ringsend, Cabra, Ballyfermot and Donore, creating opportunities for young children who may never had a chance to learn how to play rugby and participate in rugby development programmes delivered on the ground by the LR/DCC Community Rugby Officer.
• Last year during the season in Dublin City area (including Clontarf, Ballymun Regeneration Limited, Bective and Terenure College) where over 2,527 children received coaching.
• Since September 2013 over 1,100 children have been coached by the two DCC rugby officers.
• Last year was saw the inaugural DCC Under-15 (Dublinia) team play, with approximately 50 children, most of whom had never played rugby before. Ten of that panel are now in clubs, and one of which has been selected in the Under-16 Inter Area Metropolitan squad. This year it will double in size into an inaugural North v South squad which will become the Dublinia team.
• Last year DCC blitz had 300 youngsters from all over Dublin, this year's target is 500.
• This year is the inaugural year of DCC Cup at Under-15 and Under-17 levels, competitions to played in non-traditional rugby schools.
• Leinster Rugby enjoy strong partnerships with six other County Councils; Dublin City, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fingal, Laois, South Dublin and Wexford.
• Through the Leinster Rugby Community Rugby Department province wide in 2013 we engaged with over 400 Primary Schools (27,000 schoolchildren) and 115 secondary schools (6,700 schoolchildren).
• Aligned with work within Community groups and Youth Clubs, Leinster Community Rugby Department directly promoted active participation in sport to 40,000 young players last season.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn is delighted to announce this partnership and said: "Dublin City Council has been actively been involved in promoting Sport and Physical activity among people of all ages and ability for a number of years through their multitude of programmes. I welcome this partnership between Leinster Rugby and Dublin City Council in establishing a second Community Rugby Officer for Dublin City Council. Rugby is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in Ireland.
"The profile of Rugby is continuously been elevated with the success of the international team, Leinster men's team and most recently the achievement of the women's international team winning the Grand Slam. There are many rugby role models that our youth of today admire and look up to. These young people will now have the opportunity to get involved in a sport that may have had limited access to and learn the basic fundamental skills of rugby though fun games and drills delivered by the Community Rugby Officer."
Michael Dawson, Chief Executive Leinster Rugby added: "On behalf of Leinster Rugby I would like to thank Dublin City Council for their significant financial contribution which has enabled the sport to grow in the wider Metropolitan areas in recent years. The contribution of Dublin City Council means that more and more youngsters in non-traditional rugby areas will be able to participate in games and coaching through our successful Community Rugby network.
"This helps to reinforce Leinster Rugby's commitment to spread the game and increase participation levels. In acknowledging this co-funded initiative with Dublin City Council, I would also like to thank all of the other County Councils who help deliver the game to large numbers of youngsters and volunteers. We look forward to working further with all our present partners and expanding the Leinster Rugby Community family over time and hope that this can lead to greater participation in sport."