Our new Brand Awareness campaign celebrating our scope of activities and the potential of all children was launched on Friday 17th June with our first half page ad featuring in The Herald.
We had a real fun-filled messy day at Corin Bishop's Studios in Athlone with our 8 very patient models - it's not easy to stay still for so long!
Be sure to get your copy of the next ads: the timetable is as follows:
The CARA National Inclusion Awards recognises organisations and people who contribute to the provision of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity throughout Ireland. They are eager to capture all the great work being done in the area of provision for people with disabilities nationwide. In order for the CARA Centre to be able to do this, they need you as a sports club to apply!
The award categories include an opportunity for your Area to gain recognition:
1. Local Sports Club
2. National Governing Body
3. Local Sports Partnership
4. Primary Schools PE & Physical Activity
5. Secondary Schools PE & Physical Activity
6. Third Level Physical Activity & Sport
7. Adventure Provider
8. Leisure/Fitness Centre
The application is available HERE. Closing date for applications is the 17th June 2016.
For more information please visit the Cara Website or have a look at the CARA National Inclusion Awards Video below
Get Ireland Walking is a great programme which aims to promote walking in the community. Get Ireland Walking in partnership with the Irish Heart Foundation have Walking Leader training programmes on offer for anyone interested in organising walking groups in the community.
This would be a great opportunity for anyone already involved in the Steps to Health or simply for anyone who’d like to get out and start walking.
Details of upcoming walk leader training sessions are available at the following link: http://www.irishheart.ie/media/pub/slinaslainte/dates_wlt_2016_web.pdf.
For more information contact Caitriona at email@example.com
DOWNLOAD THE GET ACTIVE COMMUNITY WALKING GUIDE HERE
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!"
AGM – Tower Hotel Waterford - 4th and 5th March 2016
The bus station is a 10/15 minute walk. It is located about half way up the Quay from the hotel overlooking the river. Please see here for a timetable
The train station is a 15/20 minute walk along the quay. Please see here for a timetable
We have permits for the public car park called Bolton Street Carpark, it’s situated beside the hotel. On arrival at the hotel if the hotel car park is full come to our registration check- in desk and we will issue you with a permit for the public car park.
Peter Mark located at City Square Shopping Centre (5 minutes walk from the hotel) -Tel. 051 853460
Lloyds Walk in Salon, 45 Patrick Street Waterford - Tel. 051 878 964
Treatment Rooms in Hotel:
Hotel has Treatment room’s onsite at the hotel for anyone looking for beautician services. Renu may be contacted via the hotel switchboard on 051 862300 and the opening times are as follows:
For a full list of restaurants in Waterford - please download this guide
Sunday Mass Times
8.30am Ballybricken, Sacred Heart, St Paul’s
9.00am St John’s, St Savior’s
9.30am Holy Family, St. Joseph & Benildus
10.00am Sacred Heart
10.30am Ballybricken, St Paul’s, St Patrick’s
11.00am Dominican, Holy Family, Ballygunner, St Savior’s
11.15am Sacred Heart, St Joseph & Benildus
12.00 noon Cathedral, St John’s
12.30pm Holy Family, Sacred Heart, St Joesph & Benildus
Congratulations to James Durkan, from Meath Community Games, who has been selected to participate in the Youth on the MOVE programme 2016.
Youth on the MOVE (YOTM) is part of the NowWeMove Campaign, organised by the International Sporting and Cultural Association (ISCA). ISCA recognised and identified the need for more training for youth in the field of sport and events, and designed the YOTM project to help meet this need. The participants will learn how to organise events, projects and other initiatives in their local community, and how to generate awareness of the importance of physical activity/sports in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. They will also help to deliver and organise physical activity events during MOVE week and other events associated with the NowWeMove campaign. YOTM and the NowWeMove campaign embraces the concept of Sport for All.
James is a second year student studying Physiotherapy in Trinity College Dublin. He is heavily interested and involved in GAA with his local club of Boardsmill. He is an advocate for physical activity.
James has been volunteering with both local (Boardsmill) and County Community Games for about five years now. He first got involved with the County when acting as a runner at the annual County Athletics day in Cushinstown a few years ago.
Ever since, he has been volunteering at various events and even refereeing a few football matches along the way when needed. At the end of 2014 he was elected Youth Officer of Meath Community Games and have been working in that role since, pulling friends in from college to increase the youth presence on certain events. James says “Last year was my first year volunteering at the National Festival in Athlone, where I co-ordinated the Gaelic Football competitions and will be definitely returning this year.”
If you are a parent with more than one child and one or more of them are doing some sort of Community Games activity, then you might like these ideas that we've gathered to help keep younger children occupied while their brothers and sisters are off in search of a Community Games medal!
Demonstrate your abilities and learn what you need to develop at Triathlon Ireland's Talent Identification Day. National Team coaches in Paratriathlon will be on site to assess developing athletes of all ages and current skill.
Dublin 1, February 7th 2016. This free event will introduce individuals with physical and visual impairments, including youth and adults to the sport of Paratriathlon.
Prospective athletes will be tested on the three disciplines of triathlon, through a variety of sport drills that can help determine their aptitude for Paratriathlon and identify potential future Irish Paralympic athletes.
Please click here for registration
For more information please contact Jessica Taylor, Jessica@triathlonireland.com
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