As part of European Week of Sport Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership pledge to deliver on the following targets: 45 schools, 1200 children, 6 athletic clubs, along with a commercial sponsor. We will all work together to celebrate European week and increase participation in physical activity in a fun way. For the past sixteen years, the highly successful ‘Introduction to Athletics for Primary Schools’ events has taken place at the IT Sligo Athletics Arena. Sligo Sport and Recreation Partnership, Sligo Athletics Association and Youth Sport West plan to hold a similar event to previous years in a new way on the European week of Sport 23rd-30th September with sponsorship from SuperValu.
This year sees the event “Staying Local” and participating from school grounds but with the same great spirit and competition. At SSRP we are committed to our responsibility to ensure a safe and phased return to sport inline with public health advice from the Irish Government and hence our staying local athletics fest for 2020.
THIS YEARS EVENT
We are encouraging all schools to get involved and participate from their own school grounds. The same great festival with the same great events. How it will work:
- Children will be selected and registered by each school for the events the same as previous years
- An SSRP Athletics Official will come to your school and set up a 25 metre shuttle area using cones adhering to strict Covid-19 protocols and social distancing guidelines.
- Each child on a team will run 4 x 25 metre shuttles, once all 4 team members have completed their runs (400m in total) for their event and the time will be recorded by an SSRP Athletics Official.
- Their time will be entered for their event on a leader board with all other participating schools.
ATHLETICS – FUN & PARTICIPATION
The primary focus of this event is on participation rather than competition. A fun and enjoyable experience for all abilities is our goal at the Athletics Fest “Staying Local”. All participants will receive a t-shirt and a certificate of participation. The top three teams/ individuals for each event will receive a certificate of achievement for their school. We are looking forward to continuing our enjoyable Athletics fest by “Staying Local” in a new way this year.