September 2017, the IRFU launched the ‘Spirit of Rugby’ initiative which aims to support players, coaches, volunteers and parents. It’s primary purpose is to educate those within the game about their rights and responsibilities both on and off the field. The aim of the Spirit programme is to embody and promote the core values of the game – Respect, Inclusivity, Integrity, Fun and Excellence. Safeguarding of minis and youth players is also a TOP priority, ensuring that players develop to the best of their ability in a safe and fun rugby environment.
Carrick on Shannon RFC were honoured to receive the first ever ‘Spirit of Rugby Award’ in recognition of their outstanding work in Safeguarding. Club President, Peter Layden and Club Welfare Officer, Maeve Lenehan were invited to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 10th February where Maeve received the award from Philip Orr, IRFU President, at a pre-match lunch. Afterwards, they watched the Ireland vs Italy game from the comfort of the Presidents Box.
Well done to Maeve and all at Carrick on Shannon RFC for the great work carried out in the area of Child Welfare.