Community Games unveils new logo at their Annual Area, Volunteer and Media Awards in Mullingar
On Saturday 28th November, over 300 Community Games volunteers from all over Ireland attended the National Area, Volunteer and Media Awards in the Park Hotel, Mullingar.
The Awards Ceremony now in its 23rd year is one of Community Games’ most celebrated and prestigious events. Speaking at the event, Gerard Davenport (President) said:
“Volunteers at Area level are the cornerstone on which our organisation is built on and these Awards were established to reward and acknowledge the tremendous work of all our volunteers at grassroots level across the four Provinces. Tonight we welcome 26 Adult and 24 Youth Volunteers, 27 Areas and 17 Small Areas, all here to accept our expression of thanks and gratitude for their hard work, dedication and commitment to supporting Community Games in their local communities throughout the island of Ireland.”
The night also marked a very special occasion for Community Games with the unveiling of the new corporate logo. Community Games in association with the HSE delivers “Endless Possibilities” for both participants, communities and volunteers and this message is now reflected in its corporate identity.
For the first time, the Media Awards were held in conjunction with the Area and Volunteer Awards. The emphasis on the 2015 Media Awards was for PROs to be recognised for promoting Community Games both online and offline. Bernie Brennan, PR and Marketing Director said:
“The times are a-changing and Community Games has always moved with the times. There is a tremendous amount of exceptional work being done at a local level, especially in terms of Social Media engagement and that is why this year we have decided to have an inaugural Area Social Media Award.”
Overall Area Winners on the night were Ballymahon Forgney, from Longford – A first for this very active community. Ballymahon Forgney also received the Gold Quality Standard in the Steps to Health Awards.
Athenry Community Games, Clare FM, Indedpedent.ie, Carlow Nationalist, Mayo News, Roscommon Herald and Donegal Democrat all won Media Awards on the night. Michael Crossan of Donegal won the overall PRO Award.
As testament to Community Games’ commitment to move with the times and to be more environmentally aware, 2015 also marked the transition to an Online Registration System for all participants and volunteers.
As Community Games gears up for its 2017 Jubilee celebrations one thing is sure – the possibilities are endless.
MEDIA WINNERS 2015
unner ups PROS
Michael Brophy - Mayo
Noreen Hynes - Carlow
Bernie Ryan - Roscommon
Runner-up Regional Paper
Social Media Winner
Peter Lyons of Athenry Community Games
Kevin Doyle of Independent.ie
Una Murray from Monaghan
Overall Regional Paper Winner
Overall PRO Winner
As part of the FARE #FootballPeople Action Weeks which run from 8th - 22nd October, SARI are organising a series of matches between Direct Provision Centres across Ireland and their local League of Ireland Club.
As many of the Direct Provision residents do not own football boots we are looking to find spare pairs of boots particularly in sizes 8, 9 and 10. If you have an old pair lying around that you no longer need then please let us know or send to the SARI office at 8a Little Britain Street, Dublin 7 - between Capel street and Green street.
As we near our 50th Birthday (2017!) we thought we'd take a trip down memory lane and have a look through Community Games Programmes from years gone by Here's a little snapshot of some covers from the last 5 decades:
On Wednesday 23rd September Community Games, HSE and Athlone IT are teaming up to cycle a combined distance of 615km on exercise bikes: the equivalent distance of cycling from Malin Head to Mizen Head.
The event takes place in AIT’s New Sports Centre and each relay team has 6 members who are cycling for 30 minutes each.
The Cycle Relay is taking place as part of MOVE week. MOVE week is an initiative of the International Sporting and Cultural Association (ISCA), of which the Community Games is a member. ISCA is a global organisation whose philosophy is that sport is not just about competition and exercise but more about being physically active, having fun and making friends.
Speaking of the event, Dr.Cate Hartigan, Head of Health Promotion and Improvement at the HSE said:
"It's fantastic to see our colleagues from the Athlone Primary Care Centre working together with HSE Community Games and Athlone Institute of Technology to raise awareness of MOVE Week, taking place from September 21st to 28th 2015.
“I have to commend these very determined and dedicated cyclists as this spin challenge is the equivalent of cycling 615Km from Malin Head, Co Donegal - the most northerly point of Ireland - to Mizen Head, Co Cork - the most southerly point of Ireland. With 1 million participants in 2014, MOVE Week has become the biggest annual week in Europe promoting the benefits of regular participation in sport and physical activity.”
During MOVE Week, hundreds of events take place simultaneously across Europe in a week-long festival of sport and physical activity. They can include open door or “try-it” events at local clubs, walking events, fun runs, bike tours, street sport events, school sports events, company activities, activities organised for hard-to-reach groups – the possibilities are only limited to your imagination! The size of the event can also vary – from small events organised by local groups, to bigger community event. MOVE Week is about having fun and finding your MOVE. As long as the event gets people active then it is eligible to be part of MOVE Week.
Some tips for being active during the week include:
• If you work at a desk for long periods, set an alarm on your phone every 30 minutes to remind you to stand up from your desk and move
• Do some desk exercises: shoulder rolls, arm raises, leg squats and stretches
• Take the stairs at work instead of the lift
• Go for a short walk on your lunch break
• Have a standing meeting instead of a seated meeting
• At the weekend join in with your local free 5km parkrun event www.parkrun.ie and encourage your colleagues/friends to participate.
Steps to Health
Reminder that any Area that has been working towards to Steps to Health Quality Standard needs to have their submissions in by the 30th September so that they can be reviewed in time for the Area Awards. Each standard will contribute a significant number of points to the overall points allocation for the Area Awards. Gold: 315 points; Silver: 150 points; and Bronze: 75 points. Return your progress report forms to email@example.com. You will then be asked to provide evidence of some of these standards.
Please go to this PAGE for more information
A very successful first weekend of Community Games Festival 2015 in Athlone!
Athlone welcomed over 10,000 visitors as the 2015 HSE Community Games Festival got underway for its first weekend of events from 14th to 16th August. Thousands of children took part and thousands more are set to take part next weekend - 21st to 23rd August for the second weekend of activities.
Kevin Kilbane was in Athlone IT on Friday 14th August to help launch the 2015 HSE Community Games Festival and pointed out that when he was growing up it was all about winning, especially at a professional level but that he has now come full circle and realised that being involved in sport is much more about participation and taking part than about winning. He praised Community Games on its vision and message and said he even felt a pang of nostalgia as he watched the Indoor Soccer U10 match.
Minister for sport Paschal Donohoe echoed his sentiments and spoke about his very fond memories of HSE Community Games growing up. He was delighted to see HSE Community Games alive and well and complimented Athlone IT on its excellent facilities.
This year HSE Community Games is teaming up once again with Healthy Ireland, with an emphasis on healthy eating, as Athlone IT serves up only healthy options for resident children.
Speaking ahead of the Community Games Festival, Dr. Cate Hartigan from the HSE says: “By teaming up with Healthy Ireland, we want to encourage even more children, families and communities to be active, so everyone can experience the enormous benefits. This is one of the most important changes that we all want to see in Ireland. On top of that, the community participation and volunteerism that is an essential part of Community Games adds to our shared wellbeing in towns and villages nationwide. I wish all of our participants, volunteers, coaches and supporters a wonderful time and to thoroughly enjoy what I hope will be a great experience”.
HSE Community Games has long attracted volunteers from all walks of life. In 2014, more than 10,000 volunteers donated their time and energy to the 200,000 children who take part in the HSE Community Games.
Dr. Cate Hartigan makes no bones about where the credit for the success of the HSE Community Games lies: with the 10,000 volunteers donating their time to make it happen; “HSE Community Games has a very special place in people's hearts for promoting camaraderie and friendly competition but its success is also a testament to the work of our volunteers. Whether they give a week, a day or an hour of their time, volunteers are critical to the success of the games”.
As weekend 1 winds down, preparations have already begun at Athlone IT to welcome a new set of children whose hearts are set on winning gold and who always go home with memories and friends - whether they win or lose!
By Janice Cooper
What can I say a fantastic start to the Lisa Orsi Community Games Summer Camp where around 60 children from Derry and Donegal enjoyed hours of sport, song and dance under the expert tuition of Carmel Doyle and her youth crew.
Today saw the camp being endorsed by Joe Trolan Chairperson of the Asian County Board GAA and Joe Brolly former Derry player and now television pundit. We are delighted to have had such high profile figures come and join us - with both of them highlighting the need for organ donation and also proper insurance cover when young people travel abroad. This is an area that Dennis Orsi, Lisa's daddy, is intent on highlighting and publicising over the coming months.......
So here's to another great day tomorrow (sadly our last day of Summer Camp!). Won't the young lady herself be as pleased as punch......keep watching over us all Lisa 💞
Tommy Bowe started out as a gymnast, Sean O’Brien was a sprinter, Robbie Henshaw was a hurdler, Niamh Briggs was an athlete and Niall Quinn was a Long Puck champion, all through Community Games. So it seems that to become excellent at one sport doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to just one sport!
And it’s never too late – in an interview with Community Games Tommy Bowe said: "I always enjoyed rugby as a sport but never realized I had a talent until I left school at around 18. I would encourage children to try lots of sports and find out which is their favourite. Playing other sports will help in rugby as you pick up skills in every sport that come in useful.”
Bressie is another advocate of diversity in sport, speaking last year with Community Games he said: “Find a sport you love. There are so many sports and just because your friends may love rugby or soccer you don't have to play it. For example a good friend of mine never liked sport as a teenager as he felt he always had to play the sport his friends played. He started experimenting with other sports and became an incredible cyclist at a top level as there was something about this sport he loved so he excelled in it. Life is too short to do something you don't enjoy and when there is so much choice there is no reason to not give everything a shot.”
The thing about being involved in sport from an early age is that variety is key. Maybe Tommy can jump so high because of skills learned in his Monaghan Community Games Gymnastics club? Maybe Sean can tear down the field with a ball in his hand because of the confidence he got from winning a medal in the 100m? Is Robbie able to leap like a gazelle over burly Scottish rugby players because he had lots of practice in the hurdles?
The other thing is to never give up and to never stop dreaming. Sean O’Brien lost his first rugby tournament in the County semi-final in Community Games – the next year he joined Tulllow Rugby Club and the rest, as they say, is history.
As Tommy Bowe said: “Never in a million years would I have thought I'd get the chance to play for my country or the Lions but I dreamed about it all the time. It shows that when you have a dream of what you want to achieve and you combine it with training and hard work, your dream can come true!
Whatever sport your child wants to play, let them and let them play lots! There is no wasted time and it's never too late. The friends they will make, the skills they will learn and the long-lasting health benefits will be the ultimate gold medal!
For more information on getting involved in over 50 different sports and cultural activities visit www.communitygames.ie
In what must be an unprecedented event, four siblings once again struck gold for the second year running in this year's Wicklow Community Games Swimming Finals which were held on the 6th of June in Arklow. All four brothers who, represented Enniskerry, will now go on to represent Wicklow in the Community Games National Festival in Athlone in August.
Well done boys and we wish you all the best in Athlone in August!
MOVE and NowWeMOVE campaign are part of a Pan-European initiative, supported by the Community Games. The cross sector vision of MOVE is to get 100 million more Europeans active in regular sport and physical activity by 2020.
The first step to this in 2015 is a No Elevators Day, which will take place on Friday the 5th June. For one day we are asking people who are physically able, to take the stairs instead of the elevator.
Did you know?
1. Walking up the stairs burns almost 700% the number of calories burned standing in an elevator
2. Two minutes of stair-climbing per day burns enough calories to eliminate the one pound the average adult gains each year
3. In one study, men who climbed at least 20 floors a week (about 3 floors a day) had a 20% lower risk of stroke and death from all causes
4. Stair-climbing has been shown to raise good cholesterol and improve cardiovascular health
We are asking you, your organisation, colleagues, employers, employees, family and friends to support the NED by taking the stairs on the 5th June.
All we ask is that you take some photographs or video footage of people taking the stairs and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No Elevators Day is part of the NowWeMOVE campaign, supporting the European Week of Sport – #BeActive.
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