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YAP Ireland CLG is delighted to welcome professional Rugby Out-Half/Centre Craig Ronaldson as a new Ambassador for YAP Ireland CLG. 

Craig Ronaldson


YAP Ireland CLG are delighted to announce professional Rugby player Craig Ronaldson as YAP's newest ambassador.

Speaking on his appointment to the role, Craig said of the partnership:  'I am delighted to be an ambassador for YAP Ireland and look forward to working with them going forward. I have worked with young people in different capacities over the last number of years and that is why I am excited about joining up with this organisation that does such great work'.

Siobhan O'Dwyer, CEO YAP Ireland CLG said on the announcement: 'We are delighted to welcome Craig Ronaldson as a new Ambassador for YAP Ireland CLG. Craig is a perfect fit with YAP Ireland CLG with his experience of working with Young People, in Youth and Community work and of course as a professional Rugby player. Fresh from launching our Strategic Plan for the coming three years, it is an exciting time in YAP's development and having Craig on board can only lead to more excitement and engagement around the great work YAP Ireland CLG does. We look forward to working with Craig and welcome his enthusiasm for his new role'.

There are very exciting plans in store for our partnership with YAP so keep and eye out over the coming weeks and months as we develop projects! Welcome aboard Craig!

Sophie Spence


“It is an exciting time to be asked to be a Patron for YAP as my whole career to date has been leading to helping young people, and this program is another great way in which young people can make changes to their lives for the better”. Sophie

Sophie attended Teesside University where she obtained a Degree in Sports Coaching Science, a Msc. in Sports Psychology and a PGCE in Life-long learning sector.
Sophie left University at 23 and worked as a sports science lecturer from 2010 to 2013, teaching students age 16 to 19 in the hope to further their education and career paths.  She recently worked for Leinster Rugby from 2013 to 2014 as community rugby development officer. Sophie presently works for DCU as Rugby Development Officer, creating rugby pathways and recruitment links for school students

 Sophie took up rugby at the age of 21 playing at university and for local clubs Darlington and Mowden Park Sharks. In 2012 she began playing for the Ireland 15’s women’s rugby team in the Six Nation. She was part of the team that in 2013 won the Grand Slam. In 2014 they took 4th place in the World Cup hosted in France where they beat world champions New Zealand. Sophie currently holds 20 international 15’s caps and plays club rugby for Old Belvedere.
Sophie has kindly agreed to become YAP Ireland’s first ever Patron and we are delighted to have her on board.