Two-hundred-and-forty primary school children played some fast-paced tag rugby last month in North Kildare Rugby Club.

Children aged 11 and 12 years old came from three local primary schools in the area to play a fantastic morning of quick running rugby at the North Kildare facilities, located between Maynooth and Kilcock.

Niall McCann CCRO (Club Community Rugby Officer) North Kildare RFC said: “It was a fantastic morning of tag rugby, we had children from St Mary’s Boys, Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich from Maynooth, and boys from St Joseph’s Kilcock all participate on the day.”

There was approximately 120 individual games of tag rugby played on the day, with each of the 24 teams playing throughout. The kids had a fantastic time on the pitch and really showed off some impressive rugby skills, with lots of fun had on the day.

Since September McCann has been introducing tag rugby into seven local primary schools in the area.

Over a six-week period he has been introducing tag rugby within many primary schools in the catchment area. The previous week North Kildare RFC held a similar event with girls from Scoil Chóca Naofa in Kilcock and Gaelscoil Uí Fhiaich from Maynooth participating in a tag competition at the club.

Kerry Hartnett who coordinates the mini age groups within North Kildare RFC said: “Our aim with this initiative is to show how much fun both boys and girls can have while playing rugby.

“Our coaches are getting many new players as a result of Niall’s tag rugby initiative with the local primary schools. These new mini players are quickly welcomed into the club and their team and have fantastic fun, excellent exercise and build buddies for life.”

North Kildare Rugby Club has teams for each mini rugby age category from under-7 up to under-12. At youths level there are teams from under-13 all the way to under-18.

For more details on joining North Kildare Mini rugby programme, please contact Niall at NorthKildareCCRO@leinsterrugby.ie.