Colm has been working with Leinster Rugby for eight out of the last nine years and in that time he has worked as a Club Community Rugby Officer for Ardee RFC, a Community Rugby Officer (CRO) in the Ballymun area, a CRO over Dublin City Council North region and he has recently moved role to become CRO in the North East region.

The North East of Leinster currently has 8 clubs, 7 of which have club community rugby officers (CCRO’s) there is also a Coach Development Officer for the area and that is Colin O’Hare.

Senior (AIL):
Navan RFC
Boyne RFC
Dundalk RFC

Junior (leinster League):
Ashbourne RFC
Ardee RFC
Athboy RFC
North Meath RFC
Ratoath RFC

While it is almost impossible to fully capture all the work that the CCRO’s do in a few lines, one of the main parts of their remit is to increase the amount of players in their club through inclusive participation programmes in local schools. To this end over 2,000 children participated in blitzes at the beginning of October in their local clubs in the North East Area.


 
CRO Role & Plan
The aim of the Community Rugby Officer is to plan and implement a structured programme to clubs and schools with coaching support, talent identification and promotion of participation in Rugby, for Adult males, females and all children through the existing club and school networks, including:
 

  • Assisting an audit of existing clubs, participation levels and coaching requirements throughout the area
  • Planning and assistance with 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 County Council’s area

The programmes associated with the delivery of this plan are:
 

  • RAG Club Assessment
  • Delivery of Stage 1 and 2 coaching courses, workshops and seminars to supplement those courses
  • Ensure secondary school participation in Development Cup and shield competitions.
  • County Council Team
  • Primary and Secondary school programmes, TAG rugby / Touch Rugby / Give it a try
  • Teacher Training Programmes
  • TY and Multi –Sport programmes in secondary schools
  • Disability Participation in rugby
  • Rugby Scholarship


Objectives of Club Community Rugby Officer (CCRO)
 

  • Create a rugby playing and supporting culture
  • To support primary and secondary schools in developing rugby as a sporting option
  • To encourage players to join clubs at mini and youth sections
  • To liaise between local schools and clubs for better communication around local rugby
  • Assist the playing and coaching of girl’s rugby
  • Hold blitz tournaments for schools, to help identify their local clubs in the area


Ambitions for area
The plans for this season in the north east area are to increase player numbers, increase coach education, and to work with our council partners to develop rugby in all strands of life from young children, to disability programmes, to adult rugby (both male and female) and beyond. One of the key programmes that will be run in the area this year is the county council team, wherein players who have never played the sport before will be given six weeks of coaching from Leinster Rugby development staff, they will play matches as a county council squad before being integrated into local clubs.

CRO Interests
Colm has a keen interest in all sports especially rugby and GAA, recently a father for the first time, he currently spends most of his free time debating the merits of different types of line defence with his new-born son during night feeds.

For further information on anything regarding rugby in the North East, contact Colm on colm.finnegan@leinsterrugby.ie or at 0877692257. Follow Colm on twitter here.