By John McMurtry

Behind the scenes:

qub rfc u18 PERFORMANCE camp


Queen's University ran a three day U18 Performance Camp at the Sports Arena.  The Front Row Union went along to check it out. 

The camp was led by David Chambers who has a wealth of experience in the women's game having help coach Ulster U18 Girls to a Grand Slam in 2016 

Ulster Women's stalwart Jemma Farrell was also part of the coaching team. A health and fitness expert, Jemma has been involved with coaching U18 Girls since 2016 

Ireland Women's international Claire Small was also on hand to share her experiences of international rugby and the player pathway

The sessions would start with a review of the principles behind the game's core skills 


In a busy schedule, the coaching team would work with the players to develop and build on their technique

The players were then encouraged to apply their learnings in controlled match situations where technique was key

By day 3 the intensity of the drills had moved up a gear as the coaches built on the challenges of the match situation


The course ended with a  comprehensive rucking exercise as the players worked on their responsibilites after the tackle 

The focus and the willingness of the players to work on their technique was impressive throughout the sessions 

We caught up with the players and coaches at the end of the course to find out how they found the camp


It's excellent to see the skills develop over the last three weeks

— Jemma Farrell 

It's been really good to see them, individually, working on their skills and progressing through the camps

— Claire Small

I really enjoyed the course at Queen's it really helped me improve as a player


The course at Queen's was amazing, I've learnt thinks I should have known five years ago

— Shana