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05 Apr 2019

Win The Chance To Train With Rob Kearney

To celebrate Irish Rugby International Rob Kearney’s recent partnership with the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the European Milk Forum’s “Everything starts with milk” campaign, aspiring young rugby stars are being given the chance to win a training session with Rob for their school or club team.

‘Everything starts with milk’ is a pan-European campaign focused on encouraging Irish consumers to drink more quality milk from Europe and is supported in Ireland by Kearney, who credits growing up on his family’s dairy farm to help him establish healthy habits – including drinking milk daily – which have contributed to his successful sporting career.

In addition to providing the opportunity to improve gameplay and learn new skills, the winners will have the chance to participate in a Q&A session with Rob, other Irish athletes and a sports nutritionist to discuss the importance of drinking milk in everyday life and for sports nutrition and recovery along with getting advice on how to pursue success in sport.

Speaking about the competition, Kearney, who recently won his 90th cap for Ireland said, “I’m delighted to continue my work with the National Dairy Council and support this European campaign. Eating well is essential and adapting your nutritional intake to your sport pre, during and post is necessary for success. To have the opportunity to meet and talk to young rugby players about the importance of dairy in sports nutrition whilst helping them to improve their gameplay through a training session is something I’m really excited about!”

Jeanne Spillane, Marketing Manager at the National Dairy Council said, “Rob is an inspirational figure to many young, aspiring sports stars and we’re delighted to be able to offer this opportunity for a rugby team to train with Rob. Dairy is fundamental to a healthy, active lifestyle and what better person to encourage young people than Rob, who has had an outstanding career to date as a performance athlete.

Jeanne Spillane (Marketing Manager NDC) with Rob Kearney (Irish International) pictured in the Aviva Stadium launching European Milk Forum’s “Everything starts with milk” campaign

“We look forward to working alongside Rob to engage with our winning young players and discussing the importance of milk in their everyday diets,” added Jeanne.

The competition is open to both male and female rugby teams, with players aged 12 to 18 years old from schools and clubs across Ireland. To enter the competition simply send a short, creative video explaining why you and your team would love the opportunity to train with Rob Kearney and how you incorporate milk into your everyday diet! All entries should be sent to by 5pm on Friday 10th May 2019.



  • This competition is open to boys and girls rugby teams with players aged 12 – 18 years in the Republic of Ireland and the prize enables one school or club team of no more than 30 players to attend a training session with Ireland Rugby International Rob Kearney.
  • To enter the competition, send a short, creative video explaining why you and your team would love the opportunity to train with Rob Kearney and how you incorporate milk into your everyday diet.
  • Entries should be sent to Please state the name of the entering team in your email and a contact name and phone number for the team who is aged 18 years or over.
  • The deadline to enter the competition is 5pm on Friday 10th May 2019. Entries submitted after this time will not be considered.
  • By submitting your entry, your email address will not be used for any other marketing purposes other than the competition submission.
  • The entry submission must be the entrants own original work and not defame nor breach any copyright or contain anything that could be deemed offensive or inappropriate. Any material that is deemed unsuitable will be removed from the judging process and disqualified.
  • By entering the competition, all entrants warrant that they own the rights to their entry and that it is original to them, does not infringe the intellectual, privacy or publicity rights of any third party, has not been entered in or won previous competitions or awards and has not been previously published. Entrants agree to assign with full guarantee to the National Dairy Council (NDC) and its affiliates all rights, title and interest in the competition entries so that the NDC may use entries in any media without limitation and without additional review, compensation or approval from entrants or other parties including, but not limited to, the right to adapt, modify crop and amend the entry. The winner agrees not to assert any moral rights in their entry.
  • Parental permission must be obtained by those entering the competition who are under the age of 18 years. The NDC reserves the right to request proof of age as well as a parent’s or guardian’s consent.
  • The winner will be informed via email / telephone on Friday 17th May 2019. Due to the nature of the prize the winner must confirm receipt of the prize no later than 4pm on Monday 20th May 2019.
  • The training session will take place in Dublin on Tuesday 28th May 2019. Further training session details will be supplied to the winning team.
  • It is the responsibility of the winning team to ensure their availability for day of the session. If they cannot attend, another winner will be chosen.
  • The NDC accepts no responsibility for any cancellation, changes to the date or venue. No refunds or compensation will be given in the event of cancellation, delay or postponement but every effort will be made to reschedule.
  • It is the responsibility of the winning team to organise their own transport to and from the training session.
  • Parental permission for participation in the training session must be provided to school or club for those under the age of 18 years old.
  • The prize is non-transferable, and no cash alternative will be given.
  • The winner will be required to take part in reasonable photographic and other publicity in connection with this promotion with no further recompense, including, but not limited to, having their names and photographs featured on the NDC’s social media platforms.
  • To the fullest extent permitted by law, the NDC cannot accept responsibility for loss, injury or damage arising from winners taking a prize or attending a venue, which they do at their own risk.
  • By taking part in the competition, entrants are deemed to have read, understood and accepted all of these Terms and Conditions and agreed to be bound by them.
  • The decision of the NDC is final and binding and no correspondence shall be entered into.

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