The Ulster Rugby squad will hold an open training session at Bangor RFC on the morning of Friday 8th February, as part of its community engagement strategy.
The trip follows successful visits to Monaghan RFC, Donegal Town RFC, Strabane RFC, City of Derry RFC, Clogher Valley RFC, Virginia RFC, Inishowen RFC, Coleraine RFCHC and Letterkenny RFC in recent years.
Following the session, there will be an opportunity for fans to meet the players and get autographs and photos, before the they get stuck into some coaching with local schools.
BANGOR RFC VISIT – FRIDAY 8TH FEBRUARY
10.30am: Open Training Session
11.30am: Signing Session
11.45am: Players to assist coaching sessions
12.30pm: Event close
Jonny Watson, Chairman of Rugby at Bangor RFC, commented:
“We are delighted to host Ulster Rugby’s open training session as this year we celebrate 50 years at Upritchard Park.
“With two Bangor players, Stuart McCloskey and Craig Gilroy, excelling for Ulster while also coaching our 1st XV backs, we are proud to showcase the strength of rugby in North Down and Bangor particularly.
“With a vibrant mini section and fast growing youth teams, the future is bright and we’re grateful for the support of Ulster Rugby in appointing Stephen Montgomery as Club Participation Officer for the Bangor area.
“We will have six primary schools on display as well as six local Year 8 school teams, so there’s going to be a real buzz on the day and the boys and girls can't wait to meet their heroes on home soil!”
Ulster’s Operations Director, Bryn Cunningham, is looking forward to the visit:
“In previous years we’ve trained at various clubs during the summer break, however, we are also keen to do these in-season on a more regular basis.
“As such, we work closely with our Rugby Development Department to identify and reward clubs that are developing effective structures and initiatives for sustainable success.
“Bangor RFC is doing a lot of good work with mini and youth rugby and has recently received its ClubMarkNI accreditation, highlighting the commitment of the club and its volunteer administrators to deliver a quality experience for all. We’ve also noted their successful transition from junior rugby to the All-Ireland League in recent years.
“As I’ve said before, our players spend a great deal of their time out in the community at local clubs and schools, but it is always nice to be able to attend public events as a squad. It will be brilliant to see a large turnout at Upritchard Park, and we’re particularly excited to get involved in coaching some of the young players participating in our development programmes.”
Updated 20:10 - 5 Feb 2019 by Roger Corbett