Local schools urged to take part in GOAL event

GOAL is calling on schools from all over Louth to take part in a new multi-sport event next month that provides all school-goers – from junior infants right up to Leaving Certificate level – with the opportunity to compete against each other in a wide range of popular games and activities.

GOAL is calling on schools from all over Louth to take part in a new multi-sport event next month that provides all school-goers – from junior infants right up to Leaving Certificate level – with the opportunity to compete against each other in a wide range of popular games and activities.

The fundraiser hopes to boost fitness levels amongst children and teenagers, and also raise money and awareness for some of GOAL’s programmes for vulnerable children throughout the developing world.

This challenge is being supported by the Active School Flag Initiative, a Department of Education and Skills initiative that encourages schools to keep students fit and healthy, and it is one of the suggested activities for this year’s ‘Active School Week’.

The event can be staged anytime during the month of May, and kids can ‘take on the teachers’ in ball games and tug o’ war, or compete against each other in running races, relays, skipping, jumping, football, long kick and many other activities.

The event was launched recently by Leinster rugby star, Ian Madigan, who took part in an impromptu three-legged race with GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews at Kill O’ The Grange national school in Deansgrange, only to lose to pupils, 11-year old Isobel McCann and 12-year-old Conor O’Neill.

“I think it’s really important for children to stay fit, and to understand what life is like for people living in some of the poorest parts of the world,” said Ian Madigan.

“The GOAL Sports Challenge is a great idea, and I have no doubt that it will help teachers and organisations like GOAL achieve both of those things.”

GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews said: “GOAL has always used sport as a means to help educate children about poverty. We are encouraging schools from all over the country to get involved, sign up and help us tell young people about some of the big issues taking place in the poorest parts of the world.”

Schools can run their GOAL Sports Challenge at any stage before the end of the school term. For schools interested in signing up, please email schools@goal.ie, or contact Alan Vard at GOAL on 01-2809 779. Please visit www.goal.ie