Carrick-on-Shannon RFC will be sending a boys U10 team to take part in Aviva’s Mini Rugby provincial festival in Connacht on Saturday April 9.

The Aviva Connacht Mini Rugby Festival will take place at Ballina RFC and will feature clubs from across the province.

This is the first year that there will be an Aviva Mini Rugby Festival in each province, expanding the amount of teams that can get involved. Each team that competes at one of the provincial Festivals will be in with the chance to play at the Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival at the Aviva Stadium on April 30.

The Festival gives boys and girl’s teams a chance to develop their skills against clubs from across the province, learning new ways to play in a non-competitive and fun environment. Each of the Minis on the day will receive a certificate signed by Jamie Heaslip, Ireland captain Rory Best and Robbie Henshaw and an Aviva Mini Rugby Festival wristband.

Mark Russell, Aviva Sponsorship Manager, said “We are delighted to be able to expand the reach of the Mini Rugby Festivals this year to ensure a Festival in every province. This makes it easier for clubs to get involved and shows the growing appeal of rugby from a young age.

“The Festivals not only gives kids the chance to learn new skills and enjoy playing the game but it gives them a glimpse of what it’s like to play at the Aviva Stadium and hopefully this will inspire the next group of Robbie Henshaws and Jamie Heaslips!”

Hendrik Kruger, IRFU Age Grade Manager, said; “Mini rugby is such a crucial stage for all prospective rugby players as it delivers their first impression of the sport. These festivals with the support of Aviva, help to ensure that initial engagement with rugby is a memorable and enjoyable experience.

“Another benefit of these festivals is that they serve as a forum for; coaches, referees and parents from all over Ireland to share ideas, learn from each other and enjoy the spectacle together”

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