St Patrick's Day was a day of big celebration for Longford Community Games as they were the overall winners in the Group Section in the Parade. Well done to everyone who took part which numbered about 100 Community Games volunteers and participants from:
Irish Independent and Media are delighted to announce their new commercial partnership with Community Games in association with the HSE as Official Press Partner with immediate effect.
Community Games is part of the fabric of Irish society with over 160,000 active participants taking part in over 500 areas all over Ireland. At the core of the organisation are over 10,000 volunteers who give up their time freely to promote the ideals of the organisation.
This is a key time for the partnership to commence as 2017 is the Jubilee celebration of the founding of Community Games. 2017 will see great celebrations and events take place all over the country and all through the year with great joint promotions in The Irish Independent.
Speaking on behalf of Community Games Gerard Davenport, President of Community Games, highlighted the importance of the partnership “Community Games is a huge organisation and it is important for us to increase our profile while at the same time, ensuring all our members are up to date with all of our activities. Having the largest media house as a partner will go a long way to achieve this while also assisting us to grow our participation and volunteer numbers to an even higher level.”
"The Irish Independent is delighted to be announced as official press partner to Community Games, in association with the HSE. Positive physical and mental health initiatives among young people are of the utmost importance and we are delighted to support the Community Games’ continued and growing success in this area. We are introducing some exciting projects to celebrate the achievements of participants in Community Games this year and look forward to the continued partnership for next year’s Jubilee celebrations."
Make sure to watch out for our full magazine of results and picture gallery from Community Games National Festival taking place over two weekend in August – 12th to 14th and 19th to 21st in Athlone.
Thanks so much to Miss Universe Ireland Joanna Cooper for sharing her experience of Community Games with us. Joannna still has her Gold Medal from Community Games and keeps it in a very safe place. She is proof that with Community Games there are Endless Possibilities!
"I was first introduced to Community Games through my aunt Janice, who is now Honorary Treasurer of Community Games. She had encouraged me to get involved from a young age.
Community Games helped me immensely in terms of confidence, it's a daunting experience being 9 years old and spending a weekend with children you've never met, but after the first weekend it left me with a love of meeting new people and I returned every year.
The Community Games experience gave me the confidence to try new things, even if I was really really bad at them (I have tried everything from high jump to ball throw, very unsuccessfully) but the main aim of the weekends were always to have fun.
Areas are easily set up when a group of people with interest in CG come together and with the aid of a member of the County Executive set up a small committee to perform tasks such as organising games and various competitions for children within their designated area.
Being an active member in my community has enabled me to now try and give back to CG what I gained from it in the first place. Because of my own experience with CG I love the fact that I am now in a position to encourage young people to get involved and can give them first hand knowledge on what it was like both as a competitor and then as a volunteer.
My own experience with Community Games has been super - from the excitement of travelling as a 9 year old to Mosney, sharing the "wonderful" chalets with a group of girls I didn't know but who are still now my very close friends to working in Athlone as a volunteer, directing traffic........me directing traffic.......;-)
Community Games epitomises all that is great about the young people in Ireland, they come together, work together and play together in a totally carefree environment creating friendships that last lifetimes. My hope for Community Games is that every single child in Ireland is afforded the chance to participate in Community Games at some level, whether it be the excitement of the Area/County Finals or the actual National Festival, all children should experience a little of what Community Games has to offer!"
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