Ballycl​are mini Rugby P6 and Tir na nOg Trip to Kingspan

Ballyclare Mini Rugby’s P6 boys and their parents attended Friday’s Ulster match against Exeter alongside players and parents from Tir na nOg hurling club in Randalstown.

The group were hosted in the Premium Lounge section of the new Kingspan stadium where they had a perfect view of the pitch and also met Ulster players before and after the match.

Paddy Jackson, Craig Gilroy and Rob Herring were among the Ulster players who signed shirts and balls on the night and spoke to the young (and older) fans!

This event is among a schedule of activities the two clubs are taking part in together as part of the ‘Play Fair’ programme.

The project, funded by European Peace money, aims to build relationships between communities in Northern Ireland through sport.

Earlier this month, the two clubs travelled together to Croke Park to watch the All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Kilkenny and Limerick. The young players and their parents also took part in joint training sessions over the summer.

Ballyclare’s Mini Rugby convenor Tommy Scott said: “The Play Fair programme has been a great opportunity for our boys to meet new people, learn about another sport and take part in fun activities.

“We have played rounders using a hurling stick and rugby ball, attended a great hurling match at Croke Park and introduced many of the Tir na nOg group to their first Ulster Rugby match and the great hospitality at the Kingspan Stadium.

“Both clubs have benefitted from the Play Fair programme and it shows how sport has an important role to play in bringing people together in Northern Ireland.”