This Sunday (August 28th) De La Salle Palmerston are holding their annual open day for new players for their Mini’s and Youth rugby section at Kirwan Park, Kilternan…

“Salmo” has an unrivalled history in Leinster mini rugby, with this season seeing the club celebrate its 37th season, since it became the first senior rugby club to provide mini rugby in the province in 1974.

Sunday mornings are a hive of activity at the impressive 16 acre site, as over 400 boys and girls line out for the club from U-6 to U-19 levels.

Two Leinster Heineken Cup medal winners, Luke Fitzgerald and Malcolm O’Kelly (who have also both been capped by Ireland and the Lions), are amongst those who have graduated to the highest level of the game having started out in Kilternan, as did current Leinster scrum-half John Cooney who was on the Ireland Under-20 team that won the 6 Nations Championship.

This open day is from 10am to 12.30pm and we hope that any parents who may be interested in letting their children play rugby, will come along to meet the coaches, other parents, players and visit Kirwan Park.

Salmo has a reputation as a solid club with a strong Mini and Youth section. Starting as young as 5 years of age, the majority of its players progress through to the senior ranks. With over 60 qualified coaches, children from the age of 5 learn the basics of the game in a controlled environment, with the emphasis on enjoyment and fun allowing them to reach their own standard. Starting with playing games among themselves and as they get older other teams helps build camaraderie and a sense of belonging.

At the younger ages, games are played for fun, keeping the players between the lines and running in the right direction is a result ! At the older age groups experienced coaches develop skills under the guidelines of the IRFU.

If you think your child would like to play rugby then come along to Kirwan Park next Sunday from 10am. Everyone is welcome.

More information and directions on our website: www.dlspfc.ie