With Irelandâ€™s Six Nations success still very much the topic of the day and with the impending Lions tour just around the corner the rugby squad from Gibson Primary School in Omagh took the opportunity to show off their skills at Ulster Rugbyâ€™s Primary School Mini Rugby Tournament that was held on the famous Ravenhill pitch.
The squad displayed some fantastic skills and a great team spirit in front of friends, family and members of the current Ulster Rugby team and proved that they all have a great sporting future ahead of them.
Supported by education ICT specialist, Northgate Managed Services, for a fourth consecutive year, the tournament that has been a key fixture on the school rugby calendars for more than 35 years, is an excellent way of encouraging children to become more active and to develop their rugby skills.
To reach the finals tournament the team from Gibson took part in a prequalifying tournament and successfully progressed to Ravenhill for their chance to compete for the 2009 Primary Schoolsâ€™ Mini Rugby Cup Trophy.
Commenting on the tournament, Simon Wallace, Commercial Manager with Ulster Rugby said, â€œMini rugby is an exciting way for kids to play and enjoy rugby.Â The tournament has proved to be a hugely successful feature of the primary schoolsâ€™ mini rugby calendar, and continues to play an important role in nurturing young sporting talent in Ulster.Â The added element of competing on the historic Ravenhill pitch is something that the kids are sure to remember long after the final whistle.â€
Stuart Gunning, Head of Education with Northgate Managed Services added â€œWe are delighted to continue our support for this excellent tournament for a fourth consecutive year.Â The standard of play was incredibly high and the children, their parents and teachers are to be congratulated on making this yearâ€™s event a huge success.â€