There’s good news for local soccer and rugby clubs in Carlow and Kilkenny with the news that full contact outdoor training can resume from Monday, May 10th.
The teams of course will have to train in pods of 15 players but it means all ages are catered for by the move.
The FAI says adult amateur and youth (U19) teams return next week as the underage categories have already returned to action in the past few weeks.
The IRFU says their adult teams and U18’s can get back on the training field too.
While pitches can reopen, indoor facilities e.g. “changing rooms, showers, kitchens, meeting rooms must remain closed apart from essential toilets.
Training can be contact, non-contact, or a blend of both.
The IRFU has also said that all clubs and schools that wish to play structured contact rugby must undergo a minimum of four weeks of contact readiness training.
The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that all players at all levels of football in Ireland can engage in full contact outdoor training in pods of 15 from Monday, May 10, under the new Government guidelines
— FAIreland ⚽️🇮🇪 (@FAIreland) May 5, 2021
ICYMI: Fantastic news yesterday that contact training can commence from May 10th. Check out the latest guidelines.⤵️https://t.co/IIGFEmeBgS
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) May 6, 2021