Ards Rugby Club Notes: Coaches Called For Summer Camp, Excitement Builds For Old-School Sports, Youth Pre Season & I XV Friendly v Lisburn I XV Confirmed & Olympic Torch For Ards

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The buzz @ Ards rugby Club is going from strength to strength, below is a round up of news from the club

Youth Rugby

Over the last 3 weeks numbers have been good starting at 14 and now up to 20.

But to be a real force this season numbers need to increase. All players from last season are asked to return, if they wish to be part of something special.

So come along to pre-season and be part of it.

Lots of pictures of the Ards Pre Fitness Classes – CLICK HERE We particularly enjoy the superperson Tees

The Ladies are hosting a sports day to raise funds for The Mark Pollock Trust.

Ards Ladies Rugby team are hosting an Old-School Sports Day at the club on Saturday 20th August from 11am onwards, to raise funds for The Mark Pollock Trust. Races include old favourites such as egg and spoon, sack race and three-legged race.

Everyone is invited to enter and all teams can include at least one child (5 or older). There are 10 races and prizes for the top 3 teams, as well as a raffle, games, BBQ and entertainment for children.

The organiser of the event is also undertaking a sky-dive on 11th September, with 3 other employees from Atlas Communications in Belfast, at Wild Geese in Garvagh and all funds from both events are going to the charity. Details can be found at

The Mark Pollock Trust has been set up and launched by friends and family of blind local adventurer, international motivational speaker and Commonwealth Games rowing medallist Mark Pollock after the tragic accident that has left him paralysed from the waist down. The aim of the Mark Pollock Trust is to raise funds to assist with the ongoing financial implications of his spinal injury.

This includes a team of care and rehabilitation specialists, physiotherapy equipment, visits to specialised spinal injury recovery centres and mobility solutions. The money raised will help Mark lead a full and independent life and enable him to break through the mental and physical barriers of paralysis and blindness.

There will be entertainment for children, a BBQ and chances to win prizes like champagne, M&S vouchers, a course of bootcamp sessions from Tribal Fitness, a voucher from Sugar Cane or a hamper from Baked in Belfast.

You don’t need to be an elite athlete, it’s just for fun!

Entry £5 per team member.

Anyone wishing to enter, donate a prize or sponsor a race, please contact Pauline on 0770 3665 575 or email

Ards 1st XV squad will get their season underway on Saturday August 20 at 2.30pm when they take on Lisburn in a pre-season friendly at Hamilton Park. Read on

This will be the first real opportunity coach Tweed will have to assess his squad in readiness for the season proper the following week, when they head to Armagh in the first round of the UCL.

This ‘friendly’ should prove a good workout for the Ardsmen before their trip to the Orchard County, and all support will be very welcome at both events.

Ian Caughey has been nominated to carry the torch.

As we all know, the 2012 Olympic Games are being held in London and as part of the celebrations, the Olympic Flame will travel throughout the UK for 70 days. It will be carried by a number of volunteers/nominees.

Our very own Ian Caughey has been nominated as a representative of the club, for his dedication to the minis section and all his hard work with the ladies.

Let’s keep our fingers and toes crossed for him!

More information can be found here

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