On Sunday mornings from September to April, Coonagh is a hive of activity with hundreds of players aged from 5 years to 18 years old.
We pride ourselves in our underage and are proud of the players when they tog out in the Black and Blue of Shannon RFC. Most start at 5 or 6 years of age and are introduced to the fun aspects of rugby by holding a ball and running, playing and making friends.
The first day of training in September parents and coaches are the patient ones, as it can take a while for their little ones to get into it but once they do there’s no going back. It’s organised fun and chaos all in one with plenty of smiles on their faces.
Their first organised matches are at u9 and that’s when they get to play Blitz against their rivals across North Munster. From then to u12 all players are minis where they learn the basic skills of passing, catching, kicking and tackling also we teach them the values of playing Rugby Union i.e. respect for referees, opposition and coaches and fellow players.