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Ulster Rugby launches Foundation at inaugural Gala Dinner

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Ulster Rugby

21st Aug 2023

In the company of over 500 guests at ICC Belfast, Ulster Rugby launched its new Foundation with the aim of inspiring lifelong participation in rugby across the province.

Set to have a lasting and positive impact on the lives of those involved in rugby in Ulster, the Ulster Rugby Foundation will drive forward a community game in the province which welcomes people of all ages and abilities.

Fundraising for the newly-established Foundation was kick-started at the club’s Gala Dinner on Thursday 17 August, with the money raised going directly towards promoting participation and providing playing opportunities in the amateur game across Ulster.

With the benefits of the game including improved mental and physical health; the development of teamwork and resilience skills; enhanced educational and employment opportunities; and a sense of community and belonging, the promotion of the game through the Foundation will be built around three key pillars:

CLUBS: Rugby clubs are the lifeblood of the game in Ulster, and the Ulster Rugby Foundation will work to ensure that our clubs are resilient, sustainable, and provide high-quality rugby opportunities for all of our community.

PEOPLE: Players, coaches, and volunteers are the heartbeat of our sport. Through the Foundation, we will support the development of coaches and referees, celebrate volunteers, and promote positive rugby experiences.

PARTICIPATION: The Ulster Rugby Foundation will provide more opportunities to take part in rugby, with the aim of growing the game and delivering social impact through rugby participation.

The Ulster Rugby Foundation will work alongside clubs, schools, charities, local authorities and government departments.

Ulster Rugby CEO, Jonny Petrie added;

“We witness first-hand at Ulster Rugby how our sport, through the domestic game, has a positive impact on the lives of players, coaches, and volunteers across the province. The Ulster Rugby Foundation will make rugby accessible to more people in Ulster, and bring about countless benefits for the wellbeing of all of our community. Thank-you to our sponsors, partners, and the local businesses that gave generously at the launch at our Gala Dinner. It’s encouraging they can also see the potential of what the Foundation and its activities will offer to those it’s set to support.”