Community Rugby – The work being done on the Ground throughout the 12 Counties
October 27, 2022 11:33 am Lisa Doyle
Leinster Rugby currently have 17 Community Rugby Officers (CRO’s) including four Women Development Officers (WDO’s), along with 49 Club Community Rugby Officers (CCROs), who work around the province with our clubs and schools. Also working with the local community groups, through our county council partners, to deliver tailored rugby programmes and expand the game of rugby around the province.
Leinster Rugby are delighted to work in partnership with all County Councils within the 12 counties and provide a rugby experience for all. Our purpose is to make sure everyone is afforded the opportunity to enjoy the game of rugby.
Through these ongoing relationships with county councils, Leinster Rugby provide staff for community programmes throughout the season, such as tag rugby for rehabilitation and recovery services, walking rugby for older members of the community and working with young offenders to support their rehabilitation through rugby and the values attached strongly to the game.
Along with these programmes, we work closely with the county councils, we also run inclusion camps across the province during the summer. Programmes and camps are staffed with our CROs (Community Rugby Officers) and CCROs (Club Community Rugby Officers) who have close ties and knowledge of the community.
The purpose of our Leinster Rugby Community Officers is to affect and support high quality sustainable rugby environments for all by encouraging, promoting, growing and organising the participation in, and playing of, rugby in the 12 counties of Leinster.
Since the 2022/23 season kicked off in late July/August, our community officers have completed 11 primary school blitzes, 17 secondary school blitzes, which are split into junior and senior sections. Along with four Transition Year coaching training courses, to help develop more young coaches around the province.
To help benefit our club and school coaches, coaching courses are delivered through our community officers and our Coach Development Officers (CDOs). Since the start of the season our officers have completed five senior coach awards, seven children’s coach awards and seven youth coach awards, along with six player development sessions in our clubs.
With girls rugby growing year on year, our Women Development Officers (WDOs) this season, have also ran girls only rugby events around the province such as, seven 1st year touch rugby programmes along with eight junior and senior X7s blitzes.
Click here to see some of the upcoming community events planned around the 12 counties over the coming weeks.