Established in 1968 and now in its 48th year, the University of Ulster Coleraine rugby club has went from strength to strength in the past two seasons. Unlike other clubs in the province, UUC are a small club, with no big budgets or allocations – they play solely for the love of the game. UUC also has a full time rugby development officer, dedicated to improving the standard of rugby at the club.
One of the best kept secrets of the North Coast is that you don’t have to be a student to play for UUC. The rugby club is open to all, not just registered students. Therefore the opportunity to make use of the excellent facilities and training is available to players of all ages and abilities.
In the 2008/ 2009 season UUC had an outstanding league campaign as unbeaten champions in Kukri Qualifying 3, winning all 16 games of the season and runners up in the Gordon West Cup. The students continued their impressive standard of rugby into the 2010/ 2011 season, and within only their second year in Kukri Qualifying 2 finishing fifth overall in the league.
The 1XV hope to continue the new season with a winning start and are making plans to achieve promotion into Qualifying 2.
The 2XV play in the Junior League 6 and continue to play an excellent standard of rugby each week, showing dedication to the club and challenging their opponents each week. The dedication of the 2XV allows the club to advance further in the league and the cup competition each year, it is the hope of the newly developed squad systems at UUC will allow the 2nd XV to become competitive and aim to win this league.
Unlike other clubs UUC also compete in a third league. The club competes in the Irish Colleges League in the Colleges Cup division 1B, allowing players to gain even more rugby experience, playing teams from all over Ireland. Another bonus is that students at the University can play for UUC in the Colleges League without affecting their registration status with a home club.
This season UUC hope to build on their success on last season progressing onto the quarter finals in the Junior cup after an impressive win over local rivals Coleraine RFC, it is the aim of the club to further this ambition this season.
UUC Rugby club is the perfect club for all young players to use as a stepping stone from school to senior rugby. Several players have gone on to play for AIL club sides. So if you’ve ever had the urge to re-live the excitement of your student days, or even sample the ‘student dream’ for the first time – here’s your big chance – and you won’t even be asked to open a book!
Personal Development Squad
The University of Ulster Coleraine Rugby Team (UUC RFC) are introducing a new initiative this season to build on their success of last season. The Performance Development Squad (PDS) will allow new and existing players to improve their abilities and skills whilst receiving top quality coaching.
The Performance Development Squad will be introduced to the Rugby Club this September and will be open to both new players joining the club and existing players. The PDS offers rugby players the opportunity to reach the next level. The squad runs throughout the season providing individualised conditioning programs, advanced skills sessions, along with full nutritional diet plans.
All players are eligible to apply for a PDS place. Creator of the PDS is coach Jamie Wilkinson who described the PDS as “a professional set up that will allow players to improve their conditioning and skills to a new level. Players are challenged each day and are individually catered for with player specific programmes and diet plans, all working towards reaching their maximum rugby potential.”
UUC RFC are looking for players who are interested in joining the club and playing an excellent standard of rugby. For further information on the Rugby Club or the PDS contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Season 2015-16
In the 2015/2016 season UUC aim to push for a top 3 position in each. The 1XV have had an successful start to the season winning 10 out of 14 games, challenging their opponents each week. The team hope to build on this success for the rest of the season.
The 2nd XV are currently sitting in the lower half of the table having really struggled due to injuries. With key players making comebacks they are sure to gain a greater win ratio in this half of the season.
UUC RFC previously unheard of in rugby circles a few seasons ago, but now they have definitely made a name for themselves, and are a team to watch in the new season ahead. A small club, of students and non-students alike – playing for the love and passion of the game.
UUC Rugby – Where Traditions Are Earned