First of all, I want to say that it is a great honour to be Underage Chairman of this great club. Our history and success, both on and off the field is there for all to see.
Our mini section continues to grow from strength to strength with hundreds of players in Coonagh on Sunday mornings from 10am and showing enormous enthusiasm. None of this would happen if it weren’t for the coaches who put in huge efforts in training and organising blitzes which all is done on a voluntary basis. Rewards come in many guises, but for coaches it’s the satisfaction gained from being involved in a club atmosphere, and watching your players develop over the years. We are always looking for people to help out in any way they can and it doesn’t have to involve coaching rugby. Such are the demands of running a large underage structure; it means that here are plenty of other tasks and roles that would benefit enormously from additional. If you feel you can help in any way, please feel free to contact me or any of our coaches. (Contact details Minis & Youths)
Playing Mini rugby, while competitive in training and at blitzes, does not involve playing competitions. Mini rugby is for children to enjoy and have fun, to learn the skills of the game and to make new friends, and we here in Shannon RFC adhere to that policy. We do not have "A" and “B" teams, we call them "Black" and "Blue". It’s all about participation and fun.
Our Youth teams have taken the Shannon RFC ethos forward, with their dedication and their ferocious will to win. Our list of honours at underage is vast, and too numerous to mention and as with our minis, none of this is possible without the dedication of parents who bring their children out to Coonagh in all kinds of weather.
From U/13 to U/19, our players and coaches continue to develop their skills and will hopefully go onto bigger things with Shannon, Munster and Ireland.
We here at Shannon not only develop young men and women as Rugby players, but as people also, so that they can look back at their time at the club as a positive period in their lives.
Our code of conduct is very important, and it is vital that everyone adheres to this. All coaches, players and referees, parents and visitors must be treated with respect and dignity. Please read and understand our code of conduct, and more importantly implement what’s relevant to you. (Click Here).
We hope all visitors to Coonagh respect our policy on pitches, and behaviour our playing pitches are second to none but need to be minded.
Finally, as Chairman of Underage I would like to thank all players, coaches, parents, club officials and members, for putting us where we are today, and long may it continue.
Yours in Rugby