Newtownabbey pupils develop rugby skills

Over 70 students in Years 8 and 9 from Belfast High School, Abbey Community College and Hazelwood Integrated College were recently invited to a girls’ tag rugby blitz hosted by Ophir RFC.

Through Ophir's youth rugby development programme, six-weeks of rugby coaching was provided in each of the schools. The blitz day was the perfect opportunity for the students to show off their new skills.

Marianne Breen, Club Community Rugby Officer, said: "I‘m delighted with the progress these girls have made in such a short period of time. The smiles on their faces says it all."

Sam McBurney, Director of Rugby at Ophir RFC added: "It was a very enjoyable morning and great to see so much effort by so many girls enjoying their first rugby blitz."

Over 70 pupils from Belfast High, Abbey Community College and Hazelwood Integrated College were invited to the rugby blitz.

Celebrating their centenary year, Ophir RFC are committed to growing rugby within the local community. The club has reported that beginners are joining each week.

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For further information, contact Marianne on 07894945960 or follow the club’s social media.