County Dublin was divided into three counties including Fingal in 1994. Large urban centres include Malahide, Sutton, Skerries, Balbriggan and Castleknock, where five of the area’s seven rugby Clubs are based. Also, Blanchardstown and Sword have designated target areas for rugby development.

AIL Clubs (Senior)
Skerries RFC
Leinster Junior Clubs
Balbriggan RFC
Coolmine RFC
Malahide RFC
Suttonians RFC
Swords RFC
Westmanstown RFC

Role and Plan
The aim of the Community Rugby Officer is to plan and implement a structured programme to provide coaching support, talent identification and the promotion of participation and excellence in Rugby, for males and females, through the existing club network, including:

  • Assisting an audit of existing clubs, participation levels and coaching requirements throughout the area.
  • Plan and assist club development initiatives aimed at increasing levels of participation, standards of coaching and identification of talent.

Development and delivery of a range of Stage 1 and Stage 2 school programmes.

  • Development and delivery of programmes for specific target groups within Fingal County Council’s area and planning.
  • Ensure effective awareness of activities through Leinster Rugby and the Clubs.

The programmes associated with delivery of plan are as follows:

  • RAG Club Assessment.
  • Delivery of Stage 1 and 2 coaching courses, workshops and seminars to supplement those courses.
  • Ensure secondary school participation in Development Cups and, locally, North Dublin Cup.
  • County Council Team.
  • Primary and Secondary school programmes.
  • Teacher Training Programmes.
  • TY and Multi –Sport programmes in secondary schools.
  • Disability Participation.
  • Rapid Areas programmes
  • Young offenders.
  • Silver sneakers, rugby on the green and fun for all tag.
  • Best practice workshops.

Ambition for plans
While the developing and implementing a range of club development templates and resources that will support existing clubs, a large part of the role will focus on promoting and marketing the sport on two large urbanisations, Blanchardstown and Swords.
Blanchardstown, due to the difficulties associated with access to Coolmine and Westmanstown, is targeted for a stand- alone youth club initially while the current club in swords need an assist in implementing a mini/ youth development policy. This will entail identifying feeder schools at stage 1 and stage 2 level, initiate interaction with those schools through CRO and existing CCROS.

Prioritise schools for a rugby development programme and as required deliver these programmes to include on field coaching, upskilling of existing coaches, develop new coaches, deliver blitzes and development level games, identify talent and encourage to join Blanchardstown and Swords projects. It is also envisaged that community based support will have to be developed to sustain the off field requirements of the projects.

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Objectives of CCRO

  • Create a rugby playing and supporting culture.
  • To support primary and secondary schools in developing rugby as a sporting option.
  • To encourage players join clubs’ mini and youth sections.
  • Assist the playing and coaching of girls’ rugby.

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