Spar FAI Primary School 5s National Finals hit the back of the net
17 May 2016 | 0
Spar finalists displayed sublime skill in the Spar FAI Primary School 5s National Finals which took place in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Wednesday, 11 May.
Scoil Choilmcille, Meath (‘A’ Cup), Ardnagrath NS, Westmeath (Girls ‘A’), Killeeneen NS, Galway (‘B’ Cup), Dromtrasna NS, Limerick (Girls ‘B’ Cup), Dunboyne SPS, Meath (‘C’ Cup) and St. Fiacc’s NS, Carlow (Girls ‘C’ Cup) all claimed national honours in their respective categories after a hard fought campaign which began in February with county blitzes held nationwide.
A total of 192 children, representing 24 schools and 11 counties had the opportunity to take to the field in Aviva Stadium, the home of Irish Football. Fourth, fifth and sixth class students from Galway, Donegal, Tipperary, Meath, Westmeath, Cork, Limerick, Cavan, Carlow, Sligo and Offaly all experienced the excitement and carnival atmosphere of the national finals, cheered on by thousands of supporters who made the trip.
Nearly 24,000 children from 1,267 schools started out in county blitzes making it the most successful year to date and the biggest and best competition in the primary schools soccer calendar.
Willie O’Byrne, managing director, BWG Foods (owners and operators of Spar in Ireland) said the group is “extremely proud” to be associated with “a fantastic programme that encourages children to be more active and participate in sport in a fun and competitive way”.
Fergus McDaid, hon. secretary of FAI Schools said: “Spar have been phenomenal in their sponsorship of the Spar 5s programme for the second season. We had 23,736 children participate in the competition in 2016 which marks a 23% increase since Spar’s investment in the programme at grassroots level.”