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Irish Rugby | €400,000 in additional equipment for community rugby

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The IRFU will distribute rugby equipment worth nearly €400,000 to domestic football through the Sport Ireland Target Equipment (SITE) grant.

The funding will help more than 170 clubs increase sport participation and physical activity in local communities.

A number of girls’ secondary schools will receive starter kits of equipment to encourage new rugby programmes.

Clubs and schools will receive a fixed amount of equipment with rugby balls, cones, bibs and a medical kit with supplies.

The level of equipment allocated to clubs is weighted by their level of participation offer, with a particular focus on women’s and women’s rugby. Other criteria include activities at juvenile level and inclusive rugby programs for people with diverse needs.

Additional equipment for selected clubs includes hitting shields and pitch kits with padded post pads and corner flags.

The news is another major boost for community rugby following the announcement of emergency COVID-19 funding for the sport in December.

Director of Development Irfu Rugby Colin McEntee noted:

“We want players to play the game and enjoy the game. We hope our clubs will be massively boosted by getting new playing and safety equipment for their minor and adult teams.

“Club doors were forcibly closed and equipment stored, which at least gave clubs an opportunity to take stock. He identified a need to replace some of the basic things required for a positive rugby experience.

“This positive rugby experience is central to everything we do and we are especially excited to bring it to new schools and communities.

“This initiative would not be possible with the continued support of Sport Ireland, and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank them.”

New equipment will be distributed to the provinces over the coming months and it is expected that clubs will receive their full allocation in time for the new season.

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