Ryan and Parsons on hand at Aviva Launch

by Aaron Dunne
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MORE THAN 300 pupils from 16 schools lined out at the Aviva Stadium on May 18 with Ireland Internationals and Aldi Brand Ambassadors, James Ryan & Beibhinn Parsons, as part of the Aldi Play Rugby Competition.

This national event follows a series of regional festivals that took place throughout the four provinces earlier this year. From there, 16 schools were selected, giving students the chance to follow in the footsteps of their Irish rugby heroes and play in the Aviva Stadium.

Aldi Play Rugby is a national programme aimed at primary school children across Ireland. Developed by the IRFU and supported by Aldi, it is a free, supervised, and non-contact rugby programme that provides boys and girls with a fun introduction to the sport. Schools are offered access to invaluable resources including sessions with Community Rugby Officers, online coaching resources, and free coaching equipment.

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Elsewhere, Ireland captain Jonny Sexton  (inset) was on hand at Skerries Educate Together National School as a Laya Super Troopers ambassador, visiting students to celebrate their participation in the healthy homework programme, to participate in some of the fun activities and to chat to the kids, promoting a healthier lifestyle for all the family.  New to the programme this year is Laya Super Troopers TV. Fun 10-minute episodes at at layasupertroopers.ie.

Laya Super Troopers Ambassador Johnny Sexton Visits Skerries Educate Together National School Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Aldi Brand Ambassadors James Ryan & Beibhinn Parsons of Blackrock with young players at the launch of the Aldi Play Rugby programme. Photo: Inpho

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