Budding stars take tips from Ulster heroes at Friends School

Young players Daniel Ryan Hannah and Peter Baird meet Ulster Rugby player David Shanahan during some time out. Pic:  Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Young players Daniel Ryan Hannah and Peter Baird meet Ulster Rugby player David Shanahan during some time out. Pic: Matt Mackey / Press Eye

A group of young Lisburn rugby fans got the chance to meet their heros recently.

They took part in the Centra Ulster Rugby Summer Camp School of Excellence at Friends School, Lisburn, where they were able to get hints and tips from Ulster Rugby’s John Andrews, David Shanahan and Angus Lloyd.

Best Skills Award winners and Lisburn locals Harry Pratt and Rowan Brea meet Ulster Rugby stars John Andrews, David Shanahan and Angus Lloyd. Also pictured is Ricky Leathem, store owner of Centra, Lisburn Longstone Street. Pic: Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Best Skills Award winners and Lisburn locals Harry Pratt and Rowan Brea meet Ulster Rugby stars John Andrews, David Shanahan and Angus Lloyd. Also pictured is Ricky Leathem, store owner of Centra, Lisburn Longstone Street. Pic: Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Two lucky players Harry Pratt and Rowan Brea, both from Lisburn, even received a special certificate in recognition of their playing skills.

Harry and Rowan, along with all the other participants, received a t-shirt, a water bottle, rugby ball and a voucher to claim a free ticket to an Ulster Game at the Kingspan Stadium.

Ulster Rugby will soon be back in Lisburn for another Summer Camp at Lisburn RFC. It is due to take place from Monday August 1 to Friday August 5 but places are already sold out.

The Summer Camps are taking place at 22 locations across Ulster and will cater to almost 2,000 young players.

Young players keen to impress the Ulster players as they show off their skills.
Pic: Matt Mackey / Press Eye

Young players keen to impress the Ulster players as they show off their skills. Pic: Matt Mackey / Press Eye

This year sees the introduction of five School of Excellence camps across Ulster for players aged 12-16 years and have been developed in conjunction with Ulster Rugby’s Director of Rugby, Les Kiss and delivered by qualified Ulster Rugby staff.

The popular junior camps for children aged 6-12 will be held at 12 locations along with two camps tailored specially for Girls’ rugby and a special needs camp in Belfast.

While the Lisburn camp is sold out, places may still be available at a number of the remaining Summer Camps. For full details or to book your place, visit www.ulsterrugby.com/summercamps.