The summer camps will feature 24 camps at 22 venues throughout the Province from 3rd July until 18th August, offering a fun-filled programme of rugby training and games for boys and girls of all ages and abilities.
Five-day Junior Camps will continue to run at 15 locations for boys and girls aged 6-11 while two three-day Girls Camps at Malone RFC and Clogher Valley RFC will cater for 10-16 year old females. Newforge sports complex in Belfast will once again host a three-day Special Needs Camp, while an additional Special Needs Camp will also be held at Portadown RFC. Following on from the successful introduction of the School of Excellence Camps last summer, 5 similar three-day camps will be run for more experienced 11-15 year old boys and girls. All camps will run from 9am-1pm each day.
The focus of all camps is about boys and girls enjoying rugby in a fun and safe environment, with young players benefitting from expert advice from IRFU qualified rugby coaches while Ulster professional players will also be on hand to give tips on the game, talk about life as a professional and interact with the participants.
Subway Ulster Rugby Camps offer great value with £65 the cost for a place on the Junior Camp, £40 for the Girls and Special Needs Camps, and £85 for the School of Excellence Camps. Discounts are available for additional family members attending the same camp and for participants attending a second camp. The prices include a t-shirt, boot bag, rugby ball, plus promotional codes to claim a free ticket to an Ulster game at Kingspan Stadium and a free stadium tour, including a visit to The Nevin Spence Centre.
As part of the lead-in to the Womens Rugby World Cup, the winners’ trophy will also be on show at a number of the summer camps for participants to get their photo taken and learn more about the big event, which climaxes in Belfast this August.
Commenting on the announcement of the 2017 Subway Ulster Rugby Summer Camp programme, Ulster Rugby’s Domestic Rugby Manager Chris Webster said:
“We are delighted to launch our annual summer camps programme and also to welcome Subway on board as our new sponsor. The summer camps have gone from strength to strength and I am delighted that we have been able to increase the number of camps on offer this year, in particular building on the success of our popular Schools of Excellence and Special Needs camps.
“In the year in which the Women’s Rugby World Cup comes to Ireland and Belfast plays host to the Final, it is great to see that, with the increasing interest in the female game, we are able to offer camps specifically for the next generation of female players.”
Scot Heyes, Subway NI Marketing Chairman, added:
“Our partnership with Ulster Rugby represents a perfect match for Subway and we are proud to be supporting a forward-looking, ambitious organisation which demonstrates and promotes passion, drive, and a will to succeed at all levels of the game.
“With a combined team spirit, Subway looks forward to cultivating the deep grass roots enthusiasm for the sport and growing community participation and engagement at all levels in an exciting, proactive way.”
Places on each camp are strictly limited, so parents are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment.