Friday, July 10, 2020

LENISTER Rugby has this confirmed that the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camps will relaunch later this month in 21 venues around the province, including Newrbidge and North Kildare.

The camps were originally cancelled in June due to COVID-19 but with restrictions easing nationally, Leinster Rugby, its host clubs and the Club Covid Officers in each are delighted to offer five weeks of camps starting on Monday, 20 July.

Due to COVID-19 and with the health and safety of attendees and staff of paramount importance, there will be a number of changes to the camps from previous years and these were also outlined this morning:

  • The camps will be held from 10am-1pm over five days and a daily COVID-19 health sign-off will be required
  • To ensure compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, the camps will have fewer attendees, with a maximum number of attendees at each venue
  • The camps will be offered on a modified basis and there will be changes to the rugby activities previously offered
  • All camp activities will be held outdoors and apart from toilet facilities, there will be no indoor facilities available
  • There will be no visit from professional Leinster Rugby players

Leinster Rugby is committed to providing a fun and safe environment for those in attendance as well as those working on the camps, and once your place on a camp has been confirmed a full overview of the COVID-19 and camp arrangements for your venue will be communicated in advance of the first day.

Speaking this morning Ray McCabe, Summer Camps Manager said, “We are thrilled to be bringing the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camps to our clubs again. The last few months have been hugely challenging for everyone and there has been a lot of uncertainty but it was important that we took the time to map out exactly what our camps offering would look like and what we could offer in a safe environment.

“And obviously we want to have fun and for the kids to have fun and for them to meet up with mates from last year or from school that they haven’t seen in a while. It will be different but we hope to be able to offer just as much fun and we can’t wait now to get started on the 20 July.”

McCabe also outlined some of the measures that are now in place to help allay any fears that parents or guardians might have ahead of the camps restarting.

“Each of our 21 venues will have been inspected prior to the camps starting and their commitment to following the Irish Rugby ‘Return to Rugby’ roadmap has been exemplary.


“We have also set a limit on our numbers to help us adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times with a maximum of 16 kids per age group in our venues. That’s 48 kids in total in most venues per day or 32 in Energia Park and we will have a ratio of two coaches to each age group.


“Every parent or guardian will also receive an information booklet prior to the camp starting with all the details and the new protocols outlined but of course should anyone have any concerns they are free to contact us directly and we will do our very best to reassure them.”

To provide further certainty to participants, due to the developing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, Leinster Rugby is committed to reviewing its protocols on an ongoing basis in line with Government and HSE advice and should a camp be cancelled due to new advice received a full refund will, of course, be provided.

The Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camps are open to boys and girls aged six to 12 and are run by fully accredited IRFU coaches.

Each camp runs Monday to Friday from 10am to 1pm and participants will receive a Leinster Rugby goodie bag including an adidas t-shirt and a Rhino rugby ball.

In total, Leinster Rugby will organise 25 camps with five camps taking place in Energia Park.

Overview: Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camps

Registration Opens:
 Friday, 10 July, 2020 at 10am at leinsterrugby.ie/camps

Camp Dates:     

  • Week 1 – 20 July
  • Week 2 – 27 July
  • Week 3 – 3 August
  • Week 4 – 10 August
  • Week 5 – 17 August


Cost:
 €70 each for boys and girls aged six to 12 years of age

Time: 
10am-1pm, Monday-Friday with a ‘drop and go’ system in operation for parents/guardians to ensure compliance with all COVID-19 guidelines

Venues, Dates & Age Groups: 
please note that only two age groups will be facilitated in Energia Park, Donnybrook during any one week with three age groups in all other venues.

Dates: Venue: Age Group Catered For:
July 20th – 24th Energia Park Under 10 & 12
Westmanstown RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Kilkenny RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Longford RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
July 27th – 31st Coolmine RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Energia Park Under 8 & 10
Clondalkin RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Dundalk RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Tullamore RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
August 3rd – 7th Energia Park Under 8 & 12
Terenure College RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Newbridge RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Boyne RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Wexford Wanderers RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
August 10th – 14th Clontarf FC Under 8, 10 & 12
Energia Park Under 10 & 12
Ashbourne RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Gorey RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
MU Barnhall RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Mullingar RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
August 17th – 21st Energia Park Under 8 & 10
Blackrock College RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Navan RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
Greystones RFC Under 8, 10 & 12
North Kildare RFC Under 8, 10 & 12

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