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Aviva’s season of IRFU Mini Rugby Festivals begins on Saturday 7th October, with Ulster hosting hundreds of young rugby players hoping to get a chance to run out at the Aviva Stadium and become the future of Irish rugby.
Aviva’s Mini Rugby Festivals will once again host five events across the country. There will be a festival in each province in advance of the Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival which will take place at the Aviva Stadium on 20th May.
The Ulster Aviva Mini Rugby Festival kicks it all off on Saturday 7th October in Armagh RFC and along with a great day of rugby, Ulster’s mini’s will also get a chance to meet Irish captain and Ulster player, Rory Best, who will be imparting his knowledge and uncovering the stars of the future.
The Ulster Aviva Mini Rugby Festival kicks it all off on Saturday 7th October in Armagh RFC. It will be followed with provincial festivals in Leinster (Tullamore Rugby Club) on the 21st October, Munster (UL Bohs RFC) on the 22nd October and Connacht (Galway Corinthians RFC) on the 28th October. Each team that competes at the provincial Festivals will then be in with a chance to play at the Aviva National Mini Rugby Festival at the Aviva Stadium on the 20th May.
The Festival gives teams the opportunity to develop their skills with fellow players from across the province, learning new ways to play in a non-competitive and fun environment. On the day, each of the Minis will receive a special medal and a certificate signed by Ireland rugby stars Rory Best, Jamie Heaslip and Robbie Henshaw.
As an enthusiastic supporter of grassroots sports, Aviva will be running a host of activities this season in conjunction with the hugely popular Mini Rugby Festivals. This will include a Pop-Up Festival and competitions on social media for clubs to win training equipment. In addition, Aviva will be giving a selection of clubs a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at half time during the Ireland v Fiji game which takes place in November at Aviva Stadium. To see how your club can get involved go to www.aviva.ie/minirugby 

Mark Russell, Aviva Sponsorship Manager, said; “The Aviva Mini Rugby Festivals have gone from strength to strength in recent years. With a festival in each province, it’s now easier for clubs to get involved and it shows the growing appeal of rugby from a young age. We are delighted to support the IRFU with this initiative, and who knows, we might see the next Tommy Bowe, Rory Best or Jenny Murphy at one of our Mini Rugby Festivals.”

Hendrik Kruger, IRFU Age Grade Manager, said; “Many of our current international stars began playing Mini Rugby, and it continues to be the perfect introduction to the sport for girls and boys. With the support of Aviva, these festivals ensure a memorable experience for many youngsters across the country which we hope will just be the start of their involvement in the sport for many years to come.”
For more information on the Aviva Mini Rugby Provincial Festivals log on to www.irishrugby.ie/avivaminis or email avivaminis@irishrugby.ie

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