‘Rugby Carnival’ aims to build structure to sevens at youth level in Ireland.
The inaugural Umbrella Sevens Tournament was officially launched recently at Terenure College, Dublin. The event takes place on March 24th in Terenure College where the first match kicks-off at 10.30 The rugby carnival style event looks set to provide the starting point for the future of sevens rugby in Ireland and is proudly supported by Jamie Heaslip Umbrella Foundation Ambassador and Leinster Rugby.
Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of current European Champions Leinster Rugby joined members of the representing schools to give some advice on the skills needed for sevens rugby and to support the fact all proceeds on the day raised going to The Umbrella Foundation, Giving Nepal’s Children a Future.
The Umbrella Sevens is the first sevens tournament in Ireland to focus on schools rugby and aims to roll out into all provinces in the coming years. With sevens rugby reinstated in the Olympic games in 2016 in Rio, Brazil, Joe Schmidt is looking forward to how the game develops in Irish Rugby.
“It’s the same game effectively, timing your run, the pass quality and the ability to see space and play to it are all the same with the exception of the set piece but it’s still relevant to rugby development. Certainly if it starts to develop with the young players at The Umbrella Sevens Tournament and they get excited about the game then that naturally follows through to Senior level and hopefully it will develop.”
Leinster and Ireland rugby star Jamie Heaslip and proud ambassador of The Umbrella Foundation is fully behind the sevens tournament and the fact it is been used as a platform to create awareness of The Umbrella Foundation Charity. “I love the idea of young people in Ireland helping to raise money for needy children over the other side of the world, all the while getting to enjoy a day of playing one of the most exciting brands of rugby. It’s an event that everyone benefits from.”
Jamie will be on hand during the day to support the teams involved and enjoy the fun & activities on the day.
Stephen Jenkinson, Managing Director of The Umbrella Foundation and main organiser of the sevens tournament believes that The Umbrella Sevens is providing a starting point for young players in Ireland to develop their fundamental skills in all areas of rugby in a fun & enjoyable party atmosphere.
“Sevens is one of the fastest growing sports in the world, and one of the main reasons for this is that Sevens tournaments are always so much fun. It’s not just about what happens on the pitch but it’s the whole festival-type of atmosphere on the day that has helped to grow sevens rugby.”
“We are trying to capture the same excitement and energy that you get in the schools Junior and Senior Cups all in one day, and plan to have music, games, food and are hoping with the schools bringing their cup cheerleaders along, that there’ll be as much noise and colour as possible.”
“I love the idea that on March 24th we may see one or two future Olympians in the making.”
The tournament takes place on March 24th in Terenure College, Dublin with the first pool game set to kick off at 10:30am (subject to change) and the fun and games will continue throughout the day. Details of all participating teams and the schedule for the tournament will be released over the coming weeks and can be found on the official Umbrella Sevens websitewww.umbrella7s.ie .
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The Umbrella Foundation Nepal is an Irish registered charity that has rescued over 380 abandoned, trafficked and orphaned children in Nepal since 2005. Where possible, Umbrella try to reconnect children with their family, or when reunification is not possible, support them in their six homes until the children become independent adults. Umbrella does not receive any government or corporate assistance, with all of its funding coming from fundraisers like the Umbrella Sevens or from individual sponsors. For further information, see www.umbrellanepal.org.
A great day out at Terenure College then on 24th March and who knows perhaps discover the next ‘ Jamie Heaslip’ . Go along and support a worthy charity and have a lovely family outing