Ireland Women’s Rugby Player Beibhinn Parsons at IT Carlow for the announcement of the 2021 Aldi Community Games.
The Aldi Community Games is back, and what’s more, outdoor events will be held in person! Ireland Women’s Rugby star Beibhinn Parsons was in IT Carlow today, where the national finals will take place, to make the announcement.
Over 30,000 children are expected to take part across a wide range of sports including; athletics track, athletics field, swimming, Gaelic football, soccer, rugby, cycling, mixed distance relays, cross country, camogie, hurling, skittles, pitch and putt and rounders.
Each competition will be broken up by regional and national finals, with all roads leading to IT Carlow for the athletics finals in September!
The Community Games was established more than 50 years ago to provide the opportunity for young people to use their leisure time in a healthy and productive way and that mission is as relevant today. For many of those years the national finals were held in Mosney.
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The Community Games provides opportunities for children and young people aged 6 to 16 years to develop active healthy lives in a safe environment through experiencing a wide range of sporting and cultural activities.
Community spirit and co-operation is fostered and encouraged and now that in-person events are returning from now in local Community Games Areas culminating in Regional and National Finals in September, October and November, every young person should have the opportunity to take part in sports and art in their local community and grow up understanding how good it makes you feel when you are active and healthy.
Despite Covid 19 challenges, over 4,000 children participated in a series of online events as part of Aldi Community Games earlier this year.
“We are looking forward to seeing a lot of smiling faces back in person at the Aldi Community Games this year” said Community Games President, Gerry McGuinness.
“Our team have worked long and hard to get everything in place to be able to provide these events in a safe manner, and we’re all thrilled that we get to see everyone again.”
John Curtin, Group Buying Director at Aldi Ireland said:
“This is now our fifth year backing the Aldi Community Games, and it’s brilliant to see the organisation innovate and still provide as much fun and support for local communities throughout the global pandemic. We are thrilled for everyone that is getting to take part in the in-person events this year. Best of luck to all!”
In order to safely manage the number of Participants attending events, a regional structure will be introduced, specifically for Athletics for 2021. The regions will be divided as follows,
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