Level 1 in Sport Leadership Awarded to 57 Students
Colaiste Iascaigh and St. Mary’s Secondary School Ballisodare delivered the Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership to their TY students this year. In total 57 students took part in this ward, delivered over 18 hours in the schools by a Sport Leader Tutor.
The Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership aims to provide basic skills and experiences in leadership that are taught in a sporting context in order to prepare learners to led simple sports activity for small groups. The syllabus is designed to develop generic leadership skills that can be applied to a variety of sports and/or recreational situations as well as contributing to the personal development of the learner. Throughout the award student were required to develop lesson plans for fun activity session and lead these activities with their peers. The final assessment required the young leaders to design, plan and lead an activity session for younger students in the school. The gains in confidence and leadership skills amongst the students were clear from the standard delivered in the assessment.
Schools Triathlon continue to grow in popularity
The development of Junior Triathlon is going strong across County Sligo with too large school events taking place in May. The first was the West Sligo Primary School Triathlon, which took place on 9th May. Over 120 excited children aged between 8 and 12 years arrived to Waterpoint Leisure Centre in Enniscrone around 10am, once they signed in and received their numbers they headed to nearby Castlefield the location for both the run route and bike course. Here they racked their bikes in transition and took a look at the extended run and cycle course from last year, a change that went down positively with the young participants. This event could not have happened without the support of the local Liquid Motion Triathlon Club and TY Students from Jesus and Mary Secondary School who helped set up and marshal at this event. Luck was on the organisers’ side as the weather was a fabulous sunny day, which made it a great spectator sport for all the parents and supports that turned up to cheer on the participants. The same weather stayed for the second event of the week on 12th May, the 2017 Secondary Schools Triathlon, now in its 3rd year. Taking place in Sligo Town, using the fantastic facilities of Sligo Sports Complex and Cleveragh Regional Park, allowed the 90 participants to take part in this event safely away from busy roads and traffic. This year’s event saw the introduction of a competitive timed wave and nearly 40 teenagers selected this wave with and even split of male and female participants.
These events organised in partnership between Triathlon Ireland, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and local triathlon clubs are offering juniors aged 8 to 18 years an opportunity to give the sport a go in a fun non-competitive environment.
Kilmactranny N.S. enjoys Ag Súgradh le Chéile
Kilmactranny N.S. held an Ag Súgradh le Chéile workshop during their Active School week. The workshop is for parents/carers and children and encourages active play between them through fun games and activities. Adults learn a number of games and activities they can play with their children at home. Ag Súgradh le Chéile is a free workshop available to schools and can be a lovely way for teachers to get to know the parents of new infant pupils to the school at the start of the school year or a fun activity to include in the Active School week programme of activities. In the 2016/2017 school year 21 workshops of Ag Súgradh le Chéile were held by schools in County Sligo.
Kilmactranny N.S. will be hosting the workshop again in the future as they found “the children thoroughly enjoyed the variety of activities presented so clearly and demonstrated by the tutor Kate.”
Corran College get involved in Bike for Life
Corran College ran an after school-cycling programme with Youth Sport West through the Cycling Ireland Bike for Life programme in the build up to the Sport Ireland Yeats Tour of Sligo during March and April. Every Monday at 4pm the students would head out on the road under the guidance of North West Adventure Tours for a 1hour 30min spin where they learned to improve their bike handling skills and knowledge on how to cycle in a group on the road. This is the second year the school have run the programme with great success.
Up coming Triathlon Events for Schools
Primary School Try a Triathlon takes place in Waterpoint Enniscrone Co. Sligo on 9th May. Entry Form can be downloaded here, Information Booklet can be downloaded here and Event Checklist can be downloaded here.
Secondary Schools Triathlon takes place in Sligo Sports Complex and Cleveragh Park on 11th May. Entry form can be downloaded here.
Celebration of Activity at Girls Active Festival
Over 160 young women from across county Sligo celebrated getting active at the annual Girls Active Activity Festival on 2nd March. The Festival organised by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership in conjunction with the HSE offered the girls an opportunity to try a variety of non-competitive activities including, Yoga, Zumba, Badminton, Tennis, Circuits, Gym, Spinning, Boxercise and Martial Arts.
The festival, which took place at the IT Sligo Knocknarea Arena is the culmination of a year’s involvement for the girls participating in the Girls Active extra-curricular programme, which is currently running in 11 secondary schools and training centres throughout County Sligo. Its aim is to increase the number of teenage girls involved in long-term regular physical activity through the provision of non-competitive extra-curricular activities and developing more supportive environments in schools. The programme takes the emphasis off competition in sport, which can sometimes be off putting for girls, and places a greater emphasis on the social and health benefits of being physically active, while offering opportunities to try out different ways to be active such as yoga, dance, boxercise etc.
A lot of the success of the programme comes down to the Girls Active Co-ordinating teacher based in each school. They volunteer their time to organise programmes and encourage the girls to participate each week. Girls Active is in its fifteenth year in Sligo and each year offers over 300 girls an opportunity to participate in fun social extra-curricular physical activity programmes throughout the school year and has received a lot of positive feedback from participants.
“I liked it because I got to try a lot of sports which I have never tried. I liked that you didn’t need to be good at sport.”
The event organisers would like to thank Eimear Donlon of IT Sligo and her third year Health Science students for their assistance at the Girls Active Activity Festival. They volunteer each year to help deliver activities and to be group leaders, making the day an enjoyable experience for all those attending.
If you would like any information on the programme please contact Theresa Kilgannon at Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership at 0719161511 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.sligosportandrecreation.ie.
Hockey saw Scoil Ursula and Strandhill N.S. take part in a 6 week after school programme that concluded with a blitz day hosted by Yeats County Hockey club at the Ursuline Collage astro pitch. 8 teams of 6 players took part in a round robin format on the day with every team playing 4 matches. Club coaches and volunteers refereed games with a coaching ref technique to help the children learn more about the game. There was positive feedback from all the children who completed the programme. For more information on Yeats County Hockey Club contact Brenda McCallion on 0879620353, email email@example.com or check them out at https://www.facebook.com/YeatsCountyHockeyClub/.
As part of the development of a new junior section the club facilitated 2 six week programmes of Badminton at the clubhouse for two primary schools in the local catchment area engaging 53 children. Also, SSRP facilitated introductory Badminton sessions at an additional school and followed on with a Badminton Fest at the club with 90 children attending. Children got to play a number of mini matches and the referees created a friendly atmosphere and provided lots of positive encouragement for all the children. In-between games children got to practice their badminton skills with fun drills and skills sessions. Arising from these programmes Sligo Badminton Club has evolved from having no junior membership to 22 juniors involved in weekly coaching at the club. This has resulted from a pathway of opportunity being created through school/ club links and a Badminton Fest all of which raised awareness of the club.
Primary School Triathlon 21st October
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO READ
Entry list, Wave Colour and Number – Click here to download List
Important information to read for Parents/Guardian/Teachers – Primary Schools Triathlon Checklist
Please note there will be no Parking at the venue, please use local car parks and do not park along the side of the road.
Please follow the instructions of all marshals on the day of the event. Please be respectful to marshals as they are all volunteers and without them this event could not be possible.
Taking place on the 21st October at Sligo Sports Complex and Cleveragh Regional Park the Primary Schools Try – A – Triathlon is open to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils. Download the Primary School Try a Tri Information Booklet Here and Application Form/Parent Consent Form Here.
Places are limited for this event and will be given on a first come first served basis. Closing date for entry is 14th October. All participants must have a bike and helmet to participate in this event.
Free training session will take place with Sligo Junior Triathlon Club on Saturday the 15th October 6pm to 7pm at Sligo Cleveragh Park. Children need to bring a bike, helmet and runners for this session as it will cover cycling and run elements.
Sign in on the day of the event will be at 9am, with first swim waves starting at 10am and last swim wave at 11.45am. Further details will be sent to each participant after the closing date.
If schools are interested in having Triathlon training in there schools please contact Theresa Kilgannon on 0719161511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There is options for Youth Sport West and the exciting new programme from Triathlon Ireland ‘Tri Hero’s’ read more about this programme here .
1,200 children take part in SSRP Super Valu Athletics Festival
The annual SuperValu Primary Schools Athletics Fest co-ordinated by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership took place on Friday 23rd September and once again proved to be a huge success with a record number of schools and participants enjoying a great event at the athletics arena at IT Sligo. One thousand two hundred primary school children representing forty two primary schools from all over County Sligo took part.
For one school, Taunagh NS Riverstown, it was their first time to attend the event. The event is now in its thirteenth year and continues to grow in popularity with the focus being on maximum participation, fun and enjoyment. Certificates of participation and an event t shirt was presented to all athletes in recognition of their sporting effort.
The event was kindly supported by SuperValu stores throughout County Sligo. On the day, a team of volunteers from County Sligo Athletics Association, Athletics clubs throughout the county, a group of transition year students from Sligo Grammer School and SSRP staff worked collectively to ensure the event went off smoothly.
Event co ordinator, Theresa Kilgannon of Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership stated “Once again the Super Valu Athletics Fest has proven a great success with a huge number of children taking part from across the County. The positive response and support for this event from the many schools and teachers who accompany their pupils to the event is great to see”. She added “The collective effort from Athletics clubs, volunteers, event sponsor SuperValu and SSRP staff, all contribute to a great sporting occasion for the young people involved”.
Results are detailed below:
Junior Girls 4 * 100 M
1st Scoil Ursula, 2nd Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange, 3rd St. John’s NS Ballisodare
Junior Boys 4 * 100 M
1st Realt na Mara Rosses Point, 2nd St. John’s Ballisodare, 3rd Culfadda NS
Junior Mixed 4 * 100 M
1st Strandhill NS , 2nd Owenbeg NS, 3rd Holy Family Tubbercurry
Senior Girls 4 * 100 M
1st Ballinleg NS, 2nd Bunninadden NS, 3rd Scoil Ursula
Senior Boys 4 * 100 M
1st Ardkeenan NS, 2nd Scoil Ursula, 3rd Realt na Mara Rosses Point
Senior Mixed 4 * 100 M
1st Ardkeenan NS, 2nd Strandhill NS, 3rd Taunagh NS
Senior Girls 4 * 200 M
1st Drimina NS, 2nd Holy Faith Tubbercurry, 3rd High Park NS
Senior Boys 4 * 200 M
1stBallymote NS, 2nd Gaelscoil Cnoc na Re, 3rd St. Brendans NS
Senior Mixed 4 * 200 M
1st Holy Family Tubbercurry, 2nd Maugherow NS, 3rd Rockfield NS
Photos from the event can be viewed on the SSRP Facebook page here
Secondary School Triathlon – 12th May
Registration will take place in the Sport Complex Sports Hall at 12.30 to 1.30 with the event starting at 2pm (Female Wave) 2.30pm (Male Wave).
The event is open to all secondary school students from 1st to 6th year.
Parental Consent Registration form can be downloaded by clicking here
West Sligo Primary Schools Triathlon
Read important information about Fridays event here – Checklist and Times download here
Taking place on the 22nd April at Waterpoint Enniscrone. The Primary Schools Try – A – Triathlon is open to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils. Download the Primary School Try a Tri Information Sheet Here and the Parent Consent Form Here.
Sligo TY Tennis Blitz – Friday April 29th 2-3.30pm
Sligo Tennis Club with support from Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership would like to invite your transition year students to a ‘Tennis 4 health & wellbeing’ blitz. The blitz is an event aimed at giving an introduction to a lifelong sport, and will include cardio tennis, Futnet (tennis and soccer combined), fast 4s, tennis team events, and factsheets on exercise, nutrition & mental health. Following on from the regional blitz series one school will be picked to represent Sligo at the first ever Transition Years Connacht Team Tennis Competition in late May in Castlebar. There is no limit to the number of students you can bring to the blitzes, however we can accommodate a maximum number at each club and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so please text/email asap to get your school involved! An entry form with more information can be downloaded here.
Secondary Schools – Girls Only Triathlon Training
Triathlon Ireland’s Junior Development Officer has linked with Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership to promote the sport of Triathlon to teenage girls in Sligo through a Secondary Schools Girls Only Try a Tri Initiative. Limited places are available please contact Theresa Kilgannon on 0719161511 or email email@example.com for more details.
Sonia Surprises Girls at Annual Girls Active Activity Festival
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and the HSE recently held the annual Girls Active Activity Festival at the IT Sligo Knocknarea Arena on March 3rd with over 170 teenage girls from around County Sligo attending. There was a super atmosphere on the day helped along by surprise special guest Sonia O’Sullivan who dropped in to start the event with some words of motivation and encouragement on keeping active, before taking part in the warm up much to the delight of the girls.
Following the warm up the girls split into smaller groups based on the colour of the commemorative t-shirts they each received, to experience taster sessions in a variety of physical activities including Martial Arts, Dance, Archery, Spinning, Gym, Mobility Exercises, Rugby and Kettlercise.
The festival is the culmination of a year’s involvement for the girls participating in the Girls Active programme, which is run in secondary schools throughout County Sligo for those not involved in competitive sports. Schools who attended the festival were Ballinode College Sligo, Corran College Ballymote, Ursuline College Sligo, Jesus and Mary Secondary Enniscrone, Grange Post Primary School, Mercy College Sligo, Colaiste Iascaigh Easkey, Colaiste Muire Ballymote, St. Marys Secondary Ballisodare and Sligo Community Training Centre.
The event organisers would like to thank Eimear Donlon of IT Sligo and her third year Health Science students who volunteer each year to assist with the running of the festival. Along with supporting coaches with the activities the Health Science Students provide health stands where the girls can access information on topics such as nutrition, sugar and salt content in drinks and food, mental health and the effects of physical activity on your mind and body, osteoporosis and bone health, comfortable sports attire and lots more. These stands were very popular with the girls at breaks.
This programme is run in partnership between the HSE, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, and Sport Ireland. Its aim is to increase the number of teenage girls in long term regular physical activity through the provision of non-competitive extra-curricular activities and developing more supportive environments in schools.
If you would like any information on the programme please contact Theresa Kilgannon at Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership at 0719161511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out www.sligosportandrecreation.ie for more photos from the day’s action.
SONIA O SULLIVAN PRIMARY SCHOOLS 2K TEAM CHALLENGE
Sonia, O Sullivan, one of Irelands greatest ever athletes was at the IT Sligo Running track last Thursday the 3rd March to attend a very special primary schools 2K team challenge. July 1994 was the date, Edinburgh the venue when Sonia O Sullivan ran a time of 2.25.36 for the 2K, setting a new world record for the distance and knocking almost 3 seconds of the previous world best. The brilliance of this performance is exemplified in the fact that now, over twenty years later this record still stands, and on Thursday last week, the children of primary schools around County Sligo gathered at the IT Sligo Athletics track to try and challenge this historic record.
The event was organised by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership (SSRP) in conjunction with the Connacht Schools Athletics Association and supported by Sligo AC. In teams of 10 (mixed boys and girls) and running 200m each, twenty seven primary schools participated in the 2K challenge. Every pupil involved ran their heart out under the watchful eye of Irelands running legend who had lots of encouragement for all the children involved and participated in some warming up with the children before each event. Although none of the schools managed to break Sonia’s 2K world record, Strandhill NS came closest with a swift 5mins 38 seconds, which is impressive running by any standards. All of the schools performed extremely well and Sonia herself was impressed by the overall standard of running and times, particularly given the windy conditions. But this event was about much more than just times, it was about celebrating the sport of Athletics both in Sligo and beyond having a true sporting great like Sonia O Sullivan to support and promote not only running but sport and physical activity in general sent a powerful and meaningful message about the many benefits of sport to children of all ages and abilities.
Each school and their teachers had the opportunity for some photograph’s with Sonia who encouraged all the children to get involved and stay involved in sport and keep active as much as they can, emphasising that she still makes sure she gets her one hour of physical activity every single day.
SSRP would like to thank Tommy Craddock of the Connacht Schools Athletics Association for making the event possible as it was Tommy’s work and vision with the Association that has brought Sonia to Sligo for the 100 years Athletics Ireland celebrations. A big thank you also to the Sligo Grammar School students who volunteered and helped on the day and finally a thank you to the Sligo Athletics gurus Anne McHugh and Terry Hayes who yet again gave up their time to promote and support Athletics in Sligo.
More photos can be viewed on our facebook page www.facebook.com/SligoSportandRecreationPartnership/
One of Irelands greatest sports stars Sonia O’Sullivan is coming to Sligo on the 3rd March 2016. The Connacht Schools Athletics Association with assistance from Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and Youth Sport West are organising an event at the IT Sligo Athletics Track to allow school children the opportunity to meet this sporting legend.
Children will walk/run 2km as a team, each child running a distance of 200m’s with an aim of beating Sonia’s World Record 2km time of 5.25.36. On finishing schools will get the opportunity for a group photo with Sonia.
This event is aimed at children who may have an interest in athletics and running, this is a participation event and open to children of all levels of ability from 4th to 6th class. Due to time restrictions, schools may only bring a Maximum of 1 team made up of 10 pupils (mixed boys and girls). For full details please download the Event Information letters and application form by CLICKING HERE.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Primary Schools Triathlon
Primary Schools Triathlon proves massive success for Sligo
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, Youth Sport West and the Triathlon Ireland Junior Development Officer jointly organised a Primary School Triathlon on Thursday 22nd October at Sligo Sports Complex and Cleveragh Park as part of the East City Community Sports Hub. This was the first event of its kind for Sligo with an exceptional turnout of 260 children participating on the day. It not only proved popular with the children as over 200 spectating parents came along to enjoy the event.
The event itself involved children completing a 50m swim, 1.6km cycle and an 800m run all based around Cleveragh Park, either as an individual or as part of a relay team. Children went off in eight different waves and each child received a medal as they crossed the finish line. No times were recorded as the emphasis was on fun participation and completing the distance. This created an enjoyable atmosphere for the children and was clearly evident from all the smiles.
Theresa Kilgannon Youth Sport Development Officer with Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership said “it was fantastic to see so many kids taking part in this event in the first year. Each child should be very proud of their achievement at today’s triathlon event and wear their medal with pride.”
The event could not have happened without the 50 volunteer marshals from Sligo Triathlon Club, Innisfree Wheelers Cycling Club, SSRP Coaches, IT Sligo Health Science students, Sligo Grammar School TY Students and many others and event organisers would like to thank these people for giving up their time to support this event.
Sligo offers a great opportunity for children interested in continuing in the sport as they can now join Sligo Triathlon Clubs junior section. To find out more information about this please contact Therese O’Loughlin at Sligo Triathlon Club, www.sligotraithlon.ie.
All photos from the event can be found on the Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership facebook page. Further information on junior involvement in triathlon can be obtained for the Triathlon Ireland Junior Development Officer Ross McLynn at email@example.com or 0876763146.
DOWNLOAD IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND CHECKLIST – CLICK HERE
Exciting development in Triathlon for Juniors in Sligo. The Primary Schools Try – A – Triathlon will take place on the 22nd October and is open to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils. Download the Primary School Try a Tri Information Sheet Here and the Parent Consent Form Here.
Sligo Triathlon Club have just announced their first Junior training sessions will be starting soon. Weekly Swim Training on Saturdays – 6:15 – 7:50pm (Commencing October 18th) at Sligo Sports Complex for ages 11 years or older. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or see Sligo Tri Clubs Facebook page
Tennis Blitz for TY Students
This is a great opportunity for teenagers to try out tennis in a fun environment. Please down load information sheet and application form By Clicking HERE .
Record turn out for 2015 Super Valu Primary Schools Athletics Fest.
The annual Super Valu Primary Schools Athletics Fest co ordinated by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership took place on Friday 25th September last and proved to be a great success with a record number of schools and participants enjoying a great event at the athletics arena at IT Sligo. 1,140 primary school children representing 42 primary schools from all over County Sligo took part. For some schools it was there first time to attend the event including St. Theresa’s NS Ballintogher. This was the twelfth year for this popular event which focuses on participation and sport for all. There were great displays of athleticism and effort from all participants with the top award in the nine categories going to nine different schools. Certificates of participation and an event t shirt was presented to all athletes in recognition of their sporting effort.
The event was kindly supported by Super Valu stores in Sligo. On the day, a team of volunteers from County Sligo Athletics Association, Athletics clubs throughout the county, a group of transition year students from Sligo Grammer School and SSRP staff worked collectively to ensure the event went off smoothly.
Event co ordinator, Theresa Kilgannon of Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership stated “This year witnessed the biggest entry of schools and participants. It is great to see the positive response and support for this event from the many teachers who accompany their pupils to the day”. She added “The Athletics clubs, volunteers and the event sponsor Super Valu, all contribute to a great sporting esperience for the young people involved”.
Results are detailed below:
Junior Girls 4 * 100 M: 1st Scoil Realt na Mara Rosses Point, 2nd Gaelscoil Cnoc na Re, 3rd Rathcormac NS
Junior Boys 4 * 100 M: 1st Carbury NS, 2nd Gaelscoil Cnoc na Re, 3rd St. Brendans NS
Junior Mixed 4 * 100 M: 1st Rathcormac NS , 2nd Ransboro NS, 3rd Bunninnadden NS
Senior Girls 4 * 100 M: 1st St. Patrick’s NS Calry, 2nd Mercy Primary School, 3rd Bunninadden NS
Senior Boys 4 * 100 M: 1st Scoil Muire gan Smal Ballymote, 2nd Strandhill NS, 3rd Ransboro NS
Senior Mixed 4 * 100 M: 1st Ransboro NS, 2nd Scoil Ursula, 3rd Rathcormac NS
Senior Girls 4 * 200 M: 1st Holy Family Tubbercurry, 2nd Geevagh NS, 3rd Strandhill NS
Senior Boys 4 * 200 M: 1st Maugherow NS, 2nd Carraroe NS, 3rd St. Johns NS
Senior Mixed 4 * 200 M: 1st Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange, 2nd Culfadda NS, 3rd Carns NS Gurteen
Check out the action from the day on our facebook page here
Basketball Bouncing Back into Primary Schools
Fun participation is the focus of Blitz days with Youth Sport West and there was lots of that on offer at the Primary Schools Basketball Blitz. The basketball blitz for 3rd and 4th class pupils is in its second a year and was held over two days at Summerhill College. Each participating team got to take part in 4 games. The referees employ a method of ref coaching, helping the children have a positive experience of the game while learning the rules. This encourages children to stay involved in the sport.
“Thanks to the organisers and coaches from the Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership for a very well organised event. It was a great day of fun and excitement and the children have being playing basketball morning, noon and night since they got back – great inspiration!” Coolbock National School
Many of the schools who participated in the event had organised friendly games with neighbouring schools. It is hoped to develop this over the next school year to grow the sport of basketball in primary schools. Well done to all the teams from Ballisodare N.S., Collooney N.S., St. Edwards N.S., Sooey N.S., Gael Scoil, Maugherow N.S., Mercy Primary, St. Brendan’s N.S and Coolbock N.S .
Secondary Schools Try a Triathlon 15th May 2015.
Triathlon Ireland has appointing a Junior Development Officer for the Connaught Region and an opportunity has developed for the hosting of a Secondary Schools Try a Triathlon event in Sligo. Youth Sport West/Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership has linked with the Triathlon Ireland Junior Development Officer to promote the sport of Triathlon to students in Sligo, encouraging students of all abilities to get involved and participate the first ever Schools Triathlon. Please view the poster below for more details.
Entry forms cab be downloaded here – Entry Forms 2015 Secondary Schools Try a Tri
Blitz’s back for a Second year
What started out as an event to celebrate the European Town of Sport in 2014 now looks set to become an annual event on the school calendar after another successful blitz in 2015. The Tennis Blitz led by Allwin Tennis with support from Youth Sport West was held at Sligo Tennis Club on 25th March. It was a fantastic day for over 320 1st and 2nd class pupils from the 8 primary schools of Coolbock N.S., Sooey N.S., St. Edwards N.S., Sligo School Project, St. Brendan’s N.S., Holy Family N.S., Rockfield N.S., Maugherow N.S. and Calry N.S. The atmosphere was electric in the Tennis Club with the excitement and delight of the children as they practiced tennis drills and skills before taking part in mini matches on the courts.
Festival of Activity for Teenage Girls
The annual Girls Active Activity Festival took place at the IT Sligo on March 5th with over 160 teenage girls from around county Sligo attending. There was a super atmosphere on the day helped along by the enthusiastic third Year Health Science Students from IT Sligo who volunteers each year to assist running the event. Along with assisting with the activities the Health Science Students provide health stands where the girls can access information on topics such as Nutrition, Sugar and Salt content in drinks and food, Mental Health and the effects of physical activity on your mind and body, Osteoporosis and bone health, comfortable sports attire, exercise videos on youtube and lots more. These stands were very popular with the girls at breaks.
The girls got to experience taster sessions in a variety of physical activities including Martial Arts, Jazz Dance, Cardio Tennis, Spinning, Gym, Functional Fitness, Rugby and Ultimate Frisbee, along with a 20min warm up that got everyone ones pulse raised and ready for the day ahead including the accompanying teachers.
Well done to all the girls who attended form Coláiste Iascaigh Easkey, Jesus and Mary Secondary Enniscrone, St. Mary’s College Ballisodare, Corran College Ballymote, Grange Post Primary, Ursuline College, Mercy College, Ballinode Community College and Youth Reach.
‘Freewheelin’ Cycle Challenge for Secondary Schools
In the build up to the An Post Tour of Sligo on 3rd May 2015, Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership has developed a cycling programme to encourage students to cycle more often, with a goal of completing the 60km Lough Gill Circuit in the An Post Yeats Tour of Sligo the 3rd May.
This course will develop students cycling skills and will introduce them to the foundation skills and knowledge for cycling on the road in a group of cyclists. These sessions will take place on the road, lead by qualified experienced cyclists and coaches. Students will build up their cycling fitness while learning to safely cycle in a group.
If your school is interested in taking part in this programme please contact the Youth Sport Development Officer on 0719161511 or email email@example.com.
Active School Week 27th April – 1st May 2015
The Department of Education and Skills and Healthy Ireland encourage ALL schools to organise an Active School Week (ASW) as part of their annual school calendar. National Active School Week takes place April 27th – May 1st, 2015 but schools are free to run an ASW at any point in the school year. Active School Week is about providing FUN and INCLUSIVE physical activity opportunities for ALL members of the school community. It is also a great way to make students and their families more aware of the physical activity opportunities available to them in their local communities.
Click HERE to find out IDEAS for Active School Week
If you wish to support ASW please contact Karen Cotter, National Coordinator Active School Flag Karen@activeschoolflag.ie / (086) 8683991
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership run a number of programmes in the School Setting. These include
Youth Sport West – Youth Sport West is available all year round to all Schools in County Sligo. It offers 6 week programmes of extra curricular sports and physical activities delivered by qualified coaches from the Youth Sport West Database.
Girls Active – Available to Secondary Schools in county Sligo. The programme offers schools the opportunity to provides extra curricular non competitive recreational physical activities for girls only participation.
Other school initiatives to watch out for
- Primary Schools Mini Basketball
- Primary Schools Tennis Blitz
- Secondary Schools Triathlon
- Cycling Programmes
To find out more about the above programmes contact Theresa Kilgannon the Youth Sport Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0719161511.
Tennis Blitz for Primary Schools March 2015
Sligo Tennis Club with support from Youth Sport West would like to invite your school to a Tennis Blitz. The blitz is a non-competitive event aimed at giving an introduction to a lifelong sport. All players will take part in fun matchplay, team events and skill, tricks ‘n flicks events. Schools can enter either the morning or afternoon sessions depending on preference.
DATE: WEDNESDAY 25th March 2015
VENUE: SLIGO TENNIS CLUB, Old Bundoran Rd, Sligo
SESSIONS: 10-11.30am, 11.30-1pm or 1-2.30pm
COST: €2 per child (payable on the day)
Entry forms can be downloaded HERE
Mini Basketball for Primary Schools May 2015
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and Youth Sport West have been working with Mini Basketball Ireland and Primary School Teachers over the last two years to develop Mini Basketball in Sligo. If your school is interested in further developing Mini Basketball within Sligo please complete the Expression of Interest Form (click here to download) and return it by the date outlined.
You can find out more about Mini Basketball on the Basketball Ireland website –Click Here
You will have access to
- Primary Schools Mini-Basketball Introductory Booklet on Rules & Refereeing
- FIBA Mini-Basketball Coaching Guide
- FIBA Mini-Basketball Rules
- FIBA Mini-Basketball Score Sheet
- Mini-Basketball Primary Schools Coaching Manual
- Mini-Basketball Video Clips Flyer
Inaugural Inter-Schools Duathlon December 2014
The first ever Secondary Schools Duathlon was held at Cleveragh Park on December 12th where over 40 students from around county Sligo took part, for most it was their first experience of a multi sport event.
The pilot initiative was organized by the newly appointed Triathlon Ireland Connacht Junior Development Officer, Ross McLynn, with support from Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and Youth Sport West. The event was the culmination of a four week schools training programme aimed at developing awareness and participation of junior athletes in multi-sport, specifically triathlon, a fitting year got this Inaugural event with Sligo been European Town of Sport.
All the hard work was done, the weeks of training were finished and all that was left was the event itself. The Duathlon was to comprise of a 4k run around Doorly Park, followed by a 6k cycle around Cleveragh Park and finished off with a single 2k loop of Doorly Park. However, the weather on the morning of the event turned suddenly to leave a blanket of hail and snow covering the cycle track rendering the cycle unsafe. After a brief discussion between all involved it was decided to hold an Aquathon, as cancelling would not be a favourable option and many had begun the journey into Sligo. One of key advantages of Sligo is the fantastic facility available in the Cleveragh area. Easy access to an enclosed park with adequate cycle and run lanes situated ideally across the road from the public swimming pool with the added advantage of an ideal flat run route through a sheltered wood alongside the beautiful setting of the river, means triathlons can be run very safely for juniors, away from open roads and traffic.
It was not long after the change of plans took place that over 40 junior athletes from Summerhill College, Coláiste Mhuire Ballymote, Coláiste Iascaigh and Sligo Grammar started to arrive. After a brief introduction, explanation and registration the athletes took on a challenging 6k out and back looped run that entailed numerous hills before jumping into the swimming pool and completing, a choice of either 125 or 250 meters, depending on swim ability. Many of the participants had limited or no previous experience within multi-sport endurance events, the majority had very little swimming knowledge so nerves were high, and all had expected on the morning of the event to be cycling and running which made the event even more remarkable and for those that took part they can and should be very proud of themselves. Afterwards, TIJDO Ross McLynn presented each student with a finisher’s medal.
Theresa Kilgannon Youth Sport Development Officer with SSRP commented “YSW is delighted to be associated with this triathlon initiative for school. It is providing an opportunity for students to experience a new sport that is open to all levels of ability. For most students involved it was their first time to participate in a multi sport activity such as this and their experience was very positive with many commenting on the sense of achievement they got from completing the event.”
These events would not be possible without the support of local groups, such as Sligo Tri club, who gave not only equipment such as bike racks but members gave up their time to volunteer on the day, Sligo Civil Defense who provided medical cover, Awesome Adventure who transported bikes, Centre of Maugheraboy for providing such a wonderful spread of food at the last minute, Barton Smith for the finishers medals, schools, willing teachers, numerous volunteers, accommodating parents and of course the Sligo Regional Sports Complex for the last minute usage of their pool to accommodate the Aquathon event.
Ross McLynn TI JDO stated “this was a pilot initiative but it is hoped to continue on the success of the event with a Schools Tri-a-Try in 2015. Triathlon Ireland is committed to creating greater opportunities for the participation of junior athletes in multi-sport”
Further information on this initiative can be obtained from Triathlon Ireland Junior Development Officer Ross McLynn at email@example.com
SSRP SuperValu Athletics Festival a Great Success!
Over one thousand primary school children representing forty primary schools from all over County Sligo participated in the annual Super Valu Primary Schools Athletics Festival on Friday 17th October which was organised by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and Youth Sport West.
This was the eleventh year for this popular event which focuses on participation and sport for all. There were great displays of athleticism and effort from all participants with twenty eight schools qualifying for finals from individual event heats. Certificates of participation and an event t shirt was presented to all athletes in recognition of their sporting efforts while each school received a specially designed pennant to mark their participation in the Sligo European Town of Sport 2014 calendar of events.
The event was supported by a team of volunteers including County Sligo Athletics Association, Sligo AC, South Sligo AC, Tireragh AC and North Sligo AC and a group of transition year students from Sligo Grammer School.
Event co ordinator, Theresa Kilgannon of Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership stated “This year the event has seen an increase in both the number of schools involved and participants. Great credit is due to the enthusiasm and support this event receives from the teachers, the Athletics clubs, volunteers and the event sponsor Super Valu, all of which contributes to a great sporting occasion for the young people involved”.
Photos from the event can be seen on our facebook page – click here
Results are detailed below:
- Junior Girls 4 * 100 M
- 1st Gaelscoil Cnoc na Re, 2nd Holy Family Tubbercurry, 3rd Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange
- Junior Boys 4 * 100 M
- 1st Scoil Muire gan Smal Ballymote, 2nd Gaelscoil Cnoc na Re, 3rd Scoil Mhuire agus Iosaf Collooney
- Junior Mixed 4 * 100 M
- 1st Ransboro NS, 2nd Bunninnadden NS, 3rd Rathcormac NS
- Senior Girls 4 * 100 M
- 1st St. Patrick’s NS Calry, 2nd Scoil Ursula, 3rd Carbury NS
- Senior Boys 4 * 100 M
- 1st Scoil Realt na Mara Rosses Point, 2nd Carbury NS 3rd Scoil Ursula
- Senior Mixed 4 * 100 M
- 1st Ransboro NS, 2nd Strandhill NS, 3rd Culfadda NS
- Senior Girls 4 * 200 M
- 1st Strandhill NS, 2nd Collooney NS, 3rd Geevagh NS
- Senior Boys 4 * 200 M
- 1st Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange, 2nd St. Patrick’s NS Calry, 3rd Strandhill NS
- Senior Mixed 4 * 200 M
- 1st Holy Family Tubbercurry, 2nd Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange, 3rd Carraroe NS
Secondary Schools Duathlon
Triathlon Ireland has appointing a Junior Development Officer for the Connaught Region and an opportunity has developed for the hosting of a Secondary Schools Duathlon event in Sligo. Youth Sport West/Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership has linked with the newly appointed Triathlon Ireland Junior Development Officer Ross McLynn to promote the sport of Duathlon and Triathlon to students in Sligo, encouraging students of all abilities to get involved and participate the first Sligo Schools Duathlon, a fitting year as Sligo celebrate being designated European Town of Sport.
This programme is open to students of all fitness/ability levels from 1st year to TY. The programme will include four training session taking place at your school with students interested in completing the event. This training will develop students running and cycling skills and will introduce them to sport of Duathlon while building their fitness in a fun friendly environment.
Students need to bring their own bikes and helmets to be able to participate in the cycling elements of this programme at their school. For safety reasons students with no working breaks on their bikes will not be allowed to participate, helmets must be wore at all times.
For the event if students are not able to transport their bikes to the event location there will be an option to rent a bike for the event for a small fee. We can also look at ways to transport bikes to the event from your school as we do not want this to be a barrier for participation.
This will be a Triathlon Ireland event and will take place completely off public roads at Sligo Cleveragh Park.
If your school would like to participate please contact either myself or Ross McLynn with an estimated number of students interested. There are a limited number of places available as this is a pilot event and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Over 100 children got out on the courts during the sunny weather with Parks Tennis. Youth Sport West in association with Parks Tennis Ireland facilitated community tennis programmes for summer 2014. There were six sites around County Sligo – Ballinafad, Carraroe, Strandhill, Geevagh, Oxfield and Cloonacool. Parks Tennis provides the young people in these areas with a great opportunity to receive quality coaching at courts/venues that are easy for them to access.
Tennis Blitz was ACE
The first ever Primary Schools Tennis Blitz took place on 9th April where Sligo Tennis Club welcomed over 200 pupils from 1st and 2nd class. The blitz was organized by The Allwin Tennis Foundation and Sligo Tennis Club with support from Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and Youth Sport West. This blitz took place to celebrate Sligo being designated European Town of Sport 2014 but is set to become an annual event due to the positive feedback from pupils and teachers.
7 Schools from all over the county participated in the Blitz including St. Edward’s N.S, St. Patrick’s Calry, Holy Family Tubbercurry, Mercy Primary, Collooney Girls N.S., . For many of the pupils it was their first time playing tennis on the fantastic courts at the Tennis Club, there was much excitement and fun had as they got to practice their racket and ball skills before moving on to fun games. Excellent coaching was delivered on the day by Olwyn O’Toole, Alan McCormack and Jean Barr, creating a great atmosphere for the children to learn about the sport of Tennis. The children’s enjoyment was unmistakable as they were eager to participate fully in all the skills and drills, with many of them very excited about playing tennis for the first time. For more information on Tennis in Sligo check out www.allwintennis.com or contact Olwyn on 086 351 4123.
Pupils had a Blast at Basketball Blitz
260 Primary School pupils from 3rd and 4th class descended on Summerhill College for the Sligo All-Stars Primary Schools Basketball Blitz on 11th and 12th March. The blitz was organized by Sligo All-Stars Basketball Club with support from Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, Youth Sport West and Summerhill College in celebration of Sligo being designated European Town of Sport 2014. 9 Schools, (Carraroe N.S., Mercy Primary, Kilglass N.S., Collooney Girls N.S., Collooney Boys N.S., Gael Scoil Cnoc na Rí, Drimina N.S., High Park N.S . and Rosses Point N.S.) from all over the county took part in this event and the enjoyment from all the young participants was evident from their enthusiasm and endeavor. The focus of this blitz was on fun, participation and was non competitive. This was possible through the excellent referees who were all Transition Year Students in Summerhill College. The students created a friendly atmosphere and provided lots of positive encouragement for all the children.
SSRP is currently linking with Basketball Ireland and Primary Schools in Sligo to establish Mini Basketball throughout the County. If your school is interested in getting involved you can contact Theresa on 071 9161511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Active Schools Week
School across the Country are being encouraged to get more active during National Active Schools Week. To find out great ways to get your school active check out www.activeschoolflag.ie.
Mini Basketball Meeting
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and Youth Sport West are aware that there is an interest within a number of schools to develop the sport of Basketball. Last year a number of teachers from a range of primary schools around Sligo attended a basketball training course for teachers delivered by Basketball Ireland. SSRP and Basketball Ireland would now like to follow up with any school interested in developing Mini Basketball in Sligo.
Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership/Youth Sport West and Basketball Ireland are therefore inviting all interested schools in County Sligo to a Mini Basketball Meeting on Tuesday 28th January 2014 in the SSRP Offices, Riverside, Sligo at 3.30pm.
The emphasis in Mini-Basketball is on maximum participation and skill development and the rules of Mini-Basketball ensure that all team members take part. Noel Keating from Basketball Ireland will be in attendance to discuss how Mini Basketball is structured and ran in other counties. SSRP will assist in the development of a committee and the running of a Basketball Blitz for schools before the Easter Break.
Please register your schools interest by email email@example.com, or phoning 0719161511 with the names of teachers wishing to attend.
Primary School Rugby Blitz Days
Sligo Rugby Club Community Rugby Development Officer, Ross Mannion and Connacht Rugby with support from Youth Sport West recently ran three Rugby Blitz’s with 18 schools and 500 children in attendance. Local schools in each area were invited to attend.
The blitz’s are based around fun, non-competitive participation so each team played an equal number of games on the day. Each team has 10 players on the pitch and a number of subs who are subbed in and out throughout the game. Reefers are encouraging and help teach the rules of touch rugby through out the game, creating a supportive fun environment for the children to play rugby.
This year Blitz Days are taking place regionally, before the mid term break blitz’s were held in Strandhill, Coolaney and Grange. More Blitz’s will take place in the next school term to cover the areas of West Sligo and Ballymote.
To find out more about touch rugby contact Ross Mannion, Community Rugby Development Officer on 0876356752 or the Youth Sport West Development Officer on 071 9161511 or EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some action from the day
SSRP Super Valu Athletics Festival a Great Success!
Over one thousand primary school children representing thirty seven primary schools from all over County Sligo converged on the IT Sligo athletics track on Friday 27th September last for the annual Super Valu Primary Schools Athletics Festival organised by Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership and Youth Sport West.
This was the tenth year for this popular event which focuses on participation and sport for all. There were great displays of athleticism and effort from all participants with twenty eight schools qualifying for finals from individual event heats. Certificates of participation were presented to all athletes in recognition of their sporting efforts.
The event was supported by a team of volunteers including County Sligo Athletics Association, Sligo AC, South Sligo AC, Tireragh AC and North Sligo AC and a group of transition year students from Sligo Grammer School.
Results are detailed below:
Junior Girls 4 * 100 M
1st St.Patrick’s NS Calry, 2nd Scoil Ursula, 3rd Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange
Junior Boys 4 * 100 M
1st Scoil Ursula, 2nd Ballymote NS, 3rd Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange
Junior Mixed 4 * 100 M
1st Ransboro NS, 2nd Rathcormac NS, 3rd Bunninnadden NS
Senior Girls 4 * 100 M
1st St. Patrick’s NS Calry, 2nd Gaelscoil Cnoc na Re, 3rd Collooney Girls NS
Senior Boys 4 * 100 M
1st St. Patrick’s NS Calry, 2nd Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange 3rd Scoil Ursula
Senior Mixed 4 * 100 M
1st Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange, 2nd Holy Family Tubbercurry, 3rd Ransboro NS
Senior Girls 4 * 200 M
1st Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange, 2nd Castlerock NS, 3rd Scoil Realt na Mara Rosses Point
Senior Boys 4 * 200 M
1st Geevagh NS, 2nd Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange, 3rd Scoil Realt na Mara Rosses Point
Senior Mixed 4 * 200 M
1s tHoly Family Tubbercurry, 2nd Scoil Naomh Molaise Grange, 3rd St. Patrick’s NS Ballinfull
Photos from the event can be viewed on the SSRP Facebook Page