Outdoor events will be held in person – see dates below!
Ireland Womens’ Rugby Player Beibhinn Parsons was in IT Carlow today to announce that this year’s Aldi Community Games is back, and in even better news, outdoor events will be held in person!
Aldi 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. It 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 it is fantastic that in-person events are returning from now in your local Community Games Area 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.
The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that Aldi Community Games had to suspend or alter some of the usual activities, with events earlier this year being held online.
Gerry McGuinness, Community Games President commented:
“We are looking forward to seeing a lot of smiling faces back in person at the Aldi Community Games this year. 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!”
Eleanor Farrell, Chief Commercial Officer at Bus Éireann said:
“Bus Éireann is Ireland’s national bus company and is at the heart of communities throughout the country. This is our second year as official travel partners with Aldi’s Community Games. If the last year has shown us anything, it is the importance of local communities and it’s wonderful to see so many around the country showing their support for the games this year.”
Provisional Physical (In-person)
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:
Region 1 – Donegal and Connaught
Region 2 – Monaghan, Cavan and Leinster North
Region 3 – Leinster South
Region 4 – Munster
Regional Athletics Finals will commence in September as follows:
Region 1 – Sep 4th 2021 Claremorris Athletics Track
Region 2 and 3 – Sep 11th and 12th 2021 Leixlip Athletics Track
Region 4 – Sep 18th 2021 Munster Technology University Athletics Track, Cork
National Finals – Sep 25th 2021 Carlow Institute of Technology
Pitch and Putt:
Pitch and Putt Event will take place in The Acres Pitch and Putt, Ballinalee, Longford on 16th October
Outdoor Team Events:
Outdoor team events will take place in University of Limerick on the weekend of October 9th and 10th 2021
Swimming and Cross Country:
Swimming and Cross Country / Mixed Distance Relay events will take place in University of Limerick on the weekend of November 27th
Visit Events for more information.
See also https://www.aldi.ie/community-games to find out more about Aldi’s involvement.
Community Games welcomes Sport Ireland Women in Sport funding of €50,000 for its innovative project “Our Women’s Network (OWN)” over the next two years. #ownit
Fiona Shannon, Recruitment Training and Development Director, Aldi Community Games commented:
“We are delighted that Sport Ireland recognises the need for specific funding for Women in Sport. As an organisation we are striving to ensure that women are visible and heard at all stages within our structure. Our aim is to distill to every member the availability and content of existing research and tools as well as deliver training in the sector. We will make sure that #womeninsportire is not just on the Board of Director’s agenda but our entire organisation's agenda.”
According to Sport Ireland, funding will be ring-fenced under Women in Sport for strategically important internal and NGB related events and projects under the ‘Special Projects’ funding. This may also be used to support organisations who did not apply for funding support in the current round.
In 2020, the sector delivered on a number of objectives set out in the Women in Sport policy and there were many projects of note throughout the year. The Women in Sport Leadership programme rolled out by Swim Ireland was completed by 100 women from 24 NGBs who were supported and enabled to step into positions of authority in sport; Rowing Ireland coordinated a bespoke coaching programme involving four NGBs for female coaches on the pathway to high performance coaching and programmes such as Golf Ireland “Level Par” and Tennis Ireland’s “Equal Advantage” were established to ensure equality and balance in the respective sports.
Chief Executive of Sport Ireland John Treacy added: “The appointment of Nora Stapleton as Women in Sport Lead in Sport Ireland, as well as the appointment of leads in many NGBs has led to the creation of a network with increased levels of information sharing, collaboration and delivery of joint initiatives amongst the sector. This network, along with the wider NGB sector are working hard to promote sport and physical activity to women and girls. The funding announced today will not only see a diverse range of sports available to the female Irish public but an increase in the visibility of females be that as role models on the pitch or playing field, on boards or in the media. It is important that we work together to achieve the ambitious targets and I would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Ministers and staff in the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media”.
Dr. Una May, Director of Participation and Ethics, Sport Ireland commented: “The Women in Sport funding announced today will give the NGBs support and certainty to proceed with their programmes to address the target areas of the Women in Sport policy. In 2020 we saw some exciting and innovative approaches to Women in Sport including the first ever Girls Get Active Hackathon and the publication of significant pieces of research. There is a lot more planned for 2021 and beyond and we continue to work closely with the sector to achieve the objectives of the Policy”.
Speaking at today’s announcement, Women in Sport Lead Nora Stapleton said: “2020 was a difficult year and like all areas across the sector, many Women in Sport programmes and events were curtailed or had to be redesigned. Many programmes will continue in to 2021 and the NGBs have submitted applications for many new, innovative and exciting projects for the next cycle and I look forward to working with them”.