The best fun as a kid was watching your favourite sports teams or players in action on the TV and then going out in the garden to recreate their feats.
On Sunday morning Aviva turned the stadium that bears their name into the best possible back garden when 20 teams of U10 boys and U12 girls took to the pitch for a mini rugby tournament just after watching Ireland beat Scotland in our opening match at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
The 2019 Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup had Jordi Murphy as a pretty special host and each of the teams wore the colours of one of the countries competing on the far side of the world.
400 children in all had the opportunity to fulfil dreams and play on the hallowed turf of the Aviva stadium in a showcase event to highlight Aviva’s #SafeToDream campaign.
Players above from An Gaeltacht, Kanturk and DLS Palmerstown donned t-shirts in the colours of Namibia, Fiji and Wales among all the rest.
“It’s great to be here today at the Aviva Mini Rugby Nations Cup,” said Murphy, who came agonisingly close to being part of the Irish squad out in Japan.
“Seeing the talent and enthusiasm on display is brilliant and shows that the future of Irish rugby is in safe hands. I have very happy memories playing with my friends from a young age and would have loved an opportunity like this.”
“You never forget your first time running out on to the pitch here in Aviva Stadium, so I think giving these children a chance to play here is a dream come true for a lot of them.”
“Today is a really special day for us at Aviva as we celebrate and reward the future stars of Irish Rugby here at Aviva Stadium,” added Sponsorship manager, Lisa Bergin.
“The colour, noise, and passion shown by each team was brilliant to see and we’re delighted to host children from all corners of the country at the Mini Rugby Nations Cup.”
“The good news is that the Minis season continues, and we will be in Limerick, Down, Dublin and Galway next month for the 2019 Aviva Mini Rugby Provincial Festivals.”