Last week the Leinster School of Excellence on Tour rolled into various locations throughout the province. Players aged 10-16 turned out in their droves to Cill Dara RFC, Railway Union RFC, Gorey RFC and Skerries RFC for a fun filled ‘spooktacular’ over the Halloween break…

Players were coached under the stewardship of Leinster coaches throughout the venues where they developed their skills, gained greater tactical awareness of the game whilst incorporating such as teamwork, communication, integrity and commitment.

Significant coach to player ratios ensured each camp goer received expert tips and training and enhanced their skills in aspects of the game including passing, footwork, kicking and tackling in a controlled and fun environment.

Each participant received Official Canterbury of New Zealand kit as a memento of their experience at the camp. There was still one more twist to come as they were treated to a surprise when they all had the opportunity to have their photo taken and raise aloft, the special visitors to each camp, the RaboDirect PRO12 trophy, Amlin Challenge Cup and the British and Irish Cup.

Participant Sophie Farnan in action against Leinster Academy player Sam Coghlan Murray a Leinster School of Excellence

The Gorey RFC Leinster School of Excellence camp co-ordinator, Tom McKeown, was pleased with how the camp had gone. “From start to finish the boys and girls gave 100% commitment and listened attentively to their coaches. Fun was had, laughs were shared, and everyone went home having enjoyed themselves and of course having improved themselves as players”.

Shane Culleton, a parent from Cill Dara RFC tweeted in saying:


Check out the Leinster Rugby Facebook account HERE for all of the exclusive photos from the camps.