As part of their Careers Education Programme in Aquinas and close links with Ulster Rugby,  all Year 10 pupils visited the Kingspan Stadium on Friday 12 June, home of Ulster Rugby.

Pupils were able to visit the new education and heritage centre at Kingspan Stadium which formed part of a £14.7 million re-development of the ground.  ‘The Nevin Spence Centre’ was built in memory of the highly talented young Ulster Rugby player who died in a farming accident along with his brother Graham and father Noel.

The new centre promotes the qualities that Nevin Spence embodied, namely a healthy lifestyle and sporting excellence.

Housed in the new Memorial End Stand, it contains interactive and audio-visual content and allowed Aquinas pupils to explore the history of rugby in Ulster and the benefits that the game has for supporters, players and society in general.

It provided a dynamic stimulus for learning in alignment with the school curriculum and Ulster Rugby’s existing grassroots programmes as well as demonstrating the benefits that sport can bring to everyone.

The visit also included a behind the scenes tour of all the associated facilities which make Ulster Rugby a leading sporting body.