Offaly schools attend Leinster Rugby 'women in sport' blitz

Justin Kelly

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Five local schools have attended the ‘Women in Sport – Leinster Rugby Blitz' recently.

This event was run in line with Offaly Sport Partnership's support of the 20x20 campaign to encourage more women in sport.

The inter-schools post-primary rugby blitz saw in excess of 100 girls from five local schools taking part in both U16 and U19s competitions. Sacred Heart Tullamore won both categories on the day and now advance to Leinster competitions.

Robert Mc Dermott, a member of the Board of Offaly Sport Partnership and Fianna Fail candidate in Edenderry in the upcoming local elections, congratulated both Leinster Rugby and the staff and fellow Board members of Offaly Sport Partnership on organising the very successful event. 

"The Federation of Irish Sport is promoting the 20x20 vision. It is about creating a cultural shift in our perception of girls and women in sport. By increasing the visibility of women’s sport it will become a greater part of who we are and what we follow, there is already so much to celebrate when it comes to women’s sport in Ireland," Robert explained.

"The initiative seeks to change the subliminal bias in the Irish psyche that exists around girls and boys, or women and men, when it comes to sport. The name of the initiative is shorthand for 20% by 2020."

The targets that have being set are:

- 20% more media coverage of women in sport by the end of 2020
- 20% more female participation whether at player, coach, referee or administration level by end of 2020.
- 20% more attendance at women’s games and events by the end of 2020

"This isn’t a ‘women for women' initiative, it's 'all of society for all of society'. If sport is good, which we all know it to be, then more sport is better. If we all play, we all win. 20x20 is asking all sections of Irish society to pledge one small action to increase the visibility of women’s sport in Ireland because 'if she can’t see it, she can’t be it."

Robert also welcomed more good news from the Offaly Sport Partnership which saw the announcement that
funding has been secured for the setup and purchase of storage equipment for a canoe/kayak club in Edenderry.

Expression of interest is being sought from suppliers for the delivery of introductory splash and dash sessions. Expressions
of interest is also being sought from schools interested in availing of introductory splash and dash sessions.

More information to follow in the coming months.