Banbridge RFC full back Adam Doherty took part yesterday (8th May) in Ulster Bank’s ‘Drop- Kick for Your Club’ initiative during half-time of the Ulster Bank League final between Clontarf (eventual winners) and Cork Con at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and secured £2500 for his rugby club.
Four nominated kickers who were representing their clubs, one from each province, were given the opportunity to take a 32 metre drop-kick for the chance to win the top prize of €10,000. Despite all four missing the target, each club took home prize money to help improve club facilities. The three other kickers were Simon Gillespie from MU Barnhall RFC in Kildare, Declan Bannon from Bruff RFC, Limerick and Ross Keller from Ballinasloe Rugby Club in Galway and they each had just one chance to attempt the kick.
The first year of initiative which was launched last month saw 168 entries from rugby clubs all over the island of Ireland as Ulster Bank continues to show their support for grassroots rugby.
Marc Eadie, Hon Secretary at Banbridge RFC said the club was delighted to be part of this new and exciting challenge, “Ulster Bank’s Drop Kick for your Club is a brilliant competition for our club to be involved in and our player Adam Doherty had a superb day in Dublin. The club continues to develop and upgrade facilities year on year and monies raised through this fantastic challenge at the Aviva will help us roll out our five year development plan at Banbridge.
“Improvements planned include new ladies and gents toilets as well as enhanced gym and changing facilities plus physio and referee facilities. We’re also planning to replace our internal lighting systems to LED providing a more environmentally friendly and cost effective solution for the club.
“Banbridge is an ever expanding community based club which fields four senior and three youth teams and 200 rugby ‘minis.’ The firsts are delighted to win Section II of the Ulster League and look forward to playing in the top flight division next season. We narrowly missed promotion to Ulster Bank League Division 1B and will aim to continue to go from strength to strength in UBL Division 2A.”
Stephen Ferris, Ulster Bank ambassador commented, “Yesterday was a fantastic day for grassroots rugby, not only have we seen a fantastic standard of skill from Clontarf and Cork Con but we saw four deserving clubs being awarded crucial funding by Ulster Bank. Club rugby in Ireland continues to play an important role in the growth of the sport and I am delighted to be here today as Ulster Bank demonstrates their ongoing support across all four provinces.”
Over the past number of seasons, Ulster Bank has provided over €130,000 in funding to over 170 rugby clubs across the island of Ireland and they are delighted to continue their support with this new initiative.
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