We are excited to invite the local community to an action-packed day of rugby on Saturday, 21st October 2023, as we host the very first IRFC Juniors Day alongside our Seniors matches against York.
The highly-anticipated clash between Ilkley and the formidable York for the 1st XV and 2nd XV teams will set the stage for our Juniors Teams to show off their skills.
During the half-time break of the 1st XV game, you'll be treated to a display of talent and passion as multiple Juniors teams take to the 1st XV pitch for a range of exhibition matches. Players from the Under 7, 8, 12 and 14 Junior teams will run out at half time to experience the game day in its entirety where our club photographer, Peter Clark, will be on hand to capture the day.
The future of the club is the age group teams and we hope that sharing the Senior game day experience with them can help bring the club together as one!
Following the matches, all attendees are invited to join the Senior teams for a post-game "Social." Which will be a great opportunity for the Juniors to get up close and personal with the Senior teams, ask questions, and engage in conversations about the game.
1st XV Captain, Joe Lowes, commented, "We hope that the first IRFC Juniors Day will be a fantastic occasion where we get to share our passion for rugby with the next generation. We're excited to put on a great show for our supporters and inspire our talented young players. After a great win last week we're looking forward to returning to Stacks Field and bring home the Win. A huge shout to Floris Van Oekel, 1st XV player and Social Secretary who has put together Juniors Day and done a great job of organising with the many teams. "
Sean Gilbert, Chairman of Juniors and Youth Rugby at IRFC said, "We have a thriving junior section but we shouldn’t rest on our laurels, Covid had a real impact on some age grades and we’re working hard to attract more young players to rugby.
We provide a fun, inclusive environment, and we emphasise Rugby’s core values of; teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship. Our volunteer coaches are great role models for these values and We encourage our young players to adopt these values in their life outside of Rugby.
Our aim is help them grow as players and individuals, maximise their enjoyment from the sport and provide them a pathway into senior rugby. So join us on Saturday and support our young players at the club."
We believe that sharing the Senior game day experience with our Juniors is a fantastic way to bring the entire club together as one big rugby family. It's a chance to foster a sense of community and inspire the next generation of rugby enthusiasts.
Don't miss out on this incredible day of rugby at Ilkley Rugby Club and help support the club by coming along on Saturday.
Juniors Day Details
- Date: Saturday, 21st October 2023
- 1st XV & 2nd XV Kick Off: 15:00
- Juniors Kick Off: 15:40 (approx)
- Venue: Ilkley Rugby Club, Stacks Field, Denton Road, Ilkley LS29 0AF
- Ticket Price: £9 per person (Parents of Juniors who are playing will receive reduced entry)