Over 100 teams signed up for Mini Rugby festival

Ballyclare RFC Minis with players and coaches are looking forward to the annual festival set to be held at The Cloughan.
Ballyclare RFC Minis with players and coaches are looking forward to the annual festival set to be held at The Cloughan.

Around 1,500 young rugby players are expected to attend Ballyclare RFC Mini Rugby’s popular annual festival this year.

Over 100 teams of boys and girls from more than 20 different rugby clubs have registered to take part in the event on Saturday, April 25.

Clubs from right across Northern Ireland will compete in matches at The Cloughan alongside teams from Dublin, Limerick and Selkirk in Scotland.

The players range in age from Primary 3 up to Year 8. The youngest players will start off the play on the day with the older players taking to the pitches in the afternoon.

Entertainment available to the players, their families and supporters in between matches includes wall climbing, bouncy castles, food stalls and many other attractions.

Ballyclare RFC Mini Rugby convenor Tommy Scott said: “We are delighted to host a festival which is so hugely popular and is attended by clubs right across Ireland. As with previous years, the day will be filled with rugby and great fun.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard behind the scenes to organise the event and also a big thank you to all of our sponsors who provide such valued support. We are looking forward to a fantastic day.”

Tim Woodside, managing director of principal sponsor The Woodside Group, said: “The Woodside Group is very proud to be the principal sponsor for Ballyclare Mini Rugby’s annual festival this year. The festival successfully reinforces the importance of rugby and sport in the community from players to spectators and reaches out to a wide audience of all ages.”