Leinster Rugby have just announced that the Bank of ireland sponsored summer camps will after all take place at venues across the province.
This is a positive reversal of the decision taken last month that they would not be held this year.
The camps will be held from 10am-1pm over five days and a daily COVID-19 health sign-off will be required, as is the case being employed across the GAA.
The camps will have fewer attendees, with a maximum number of attendees at each venue. They will operate on a modified basis and there will be changes to the rugby activities previously offered.
“We are thrilled to be bringing the Bank of Ireland Leinster Rugby Summer Camps to our clubs again,” said Ray McCabe, Summer Camps Manager.
“The last few months have been hugely challenging for everyone and there has been a lot of uncertainty but it was important that we took the time to map out exactly what our camps offering would look like and what we could offer in a safe environment.”
“And obviously we want to have fun and for the kids to have fun and for them to meet up with mates from last year or from school that they haven’t seen in a while. It will be different but we hope to be able to offer just as much fun and we can’t wait now to get started on the 20 July.”
“McCabe also outlined some of the measures that are now in place to help allay any fears that parents or guardians might have ahead of the camps restarting.”
“Each of our 21 venues will have been inspected prior to the camps starting and their commitment to following the Irish Rugby ‘Return to Rugby’ roadmap has been exemplary.”
“We have also set a limit on our numbers to help us adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times with a maximum of 16 kids per age group in our venues. That’s 48 kids in total in most venues per day or 32 in Energia Park and we will have a ratio of two coaches to each age group.”
“Every parent or guardian will also receive an information booklet prior to the camp starting with all the details and the new protocols outlined but of course should anyone have any concerns they are free to contact us directly and we will do our very best to reassure them.”
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