As you may be aware, there is a yellow warning in place for parts of Ireland this Saturday due to extremely hot temperatures. After considerable thought and deliberation we have decided to alter our timetables to allow for the hottest part of the day to be avoided. We believe this modification is in the best interest of our participants and their families and prioritises their safety and welfare.
As such, the Track and Field events will now commence at 9am with the longer distance races taking place first. Please see below the revised timetables taking all changes into consideration.
As the day is forecast to reach temperatures of up to 31 degrees we would like to advise you of the following:
Our National Athletics Track and Field Finals are taking place on Saturday 13th August 2022 in SETU Carlow Sports Complex.
To take part in this event, your child will have qualified already at either County or Regional events. For more information, contact your county secretary.
Best of luck!
To find out more, click here
We can't wait to welcome children and families from all over Ireland to our Arts and Cultural Weekend in Visual Carlow from Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th August.
CLICK HERE for more information about this fantastic weekend with lots of fun and exciting entertainment planned!
Tickets are now on sale for our Regional events!
By clicking into each of the following images you will find more information including an FAQ and map/directions and you can purchase tickets (scroll to the end of the pages when you click into them).
You will also find the Timetable below which you can download and print for your convenience.
3,500 children will be descending on Carlow this August as they take part in Aldi Community Games’ National Festivals over 2 weekends.
Launching the events at the stunning Delta Sensory Gardens, Carlow was former Community Games participant Olympian Marcus Lawler alongside current Community Games participants Chloe Ryan (Discus & Model-making), Cormac Nolan (Music & Long Puck) and Anna Byrne (Skittles & Art).
Speaking at the event Marcus Lawler commented: “I have very fond memories of taking part in Community Games when I was younger and it’s inspiring to see volunteers continuing to put in so much time and effort when time is at a premium, making sure that taking part in Aldi Community Games is a fun and inclusive experience for every child.
Fintan Phelan, Mayor of Carlow added: “Community Games is a fantastic organisation that provide young people with an opportunity to participate in a wide range of activities, from sporting events to the arts, Community Games has something for everyone. In Carlow we have a rich Community Games history and thousands of children participate annually. We are delighted to be able to host the Community Games National Finals in August and I look forward to welcoming competitors, volunteers and their families to Carlow.”
The first of the events is the National Athletics Track and Field Finals in SETU Carlow Sports Campus on 13th August where children aged six to sixteen from all over Ireland will take part in 28 different Track Events and 14 Field Events. This is a major achievement for these children and a day of celebration for them, their Areas, their coaches and their friends and families - no matter the outcome. These children first took part in their local Area Finals, they then went to the County Finals, progressing on to the Regional Finals (for Track) and culminating in the National Finals.
The second event is the Aldi Community Games Arts and Cultural Weekend from 27th to 28th August. This will be a colourful and lively occasion and is a celebration of culture and creativity. The children involved will be taking part in Finals in Art, Handwriting, Model-making, Dance, Drama, Chess etc.
Gerry McGuinness, President of Aldi Community Games commented: “There is something for everyone at this year’s Arts and Cultural Weekend and we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that these will be family-oriented days out with lots of magical and fun elements including: Stilt walkers, Magic Acts, Face-painting, Giant Board Games etc. As always, the children are the main stars and we will be displaying over 200 works of Art as painted/drawn by the children that same weekend in Ireland’s premier modern Art Gallery – VISUAL Carlow. Any member of the public can come along on the 27th and 28th August to experience some of the fun and action.”
Jane Walsh, PR and Marketing Director added: “We're back to what we do best and are looking forward to a summer of fun, entertainment, friendly competition and maybe even a little sunshine with friends old and new!"
David Hoysted, Chief Executive commented: “It’s a very exciting time for children and volunteers alike as we get back in the Games and we’re looking forward to an action-packed and fun-filled August in Carlow.”
To find out more visit www.communitygames.ie
In 2021, Sport Ireland announed a Resilience Fund to support the National Governing Bodies of Sport and other Sport Ireland Funded Bodies
See below the list of Community Games Counties who applied for funding and the funding they were allocated based on the following critiera: Verifiable Information, Merit, Public Health Objective, County Weighting
Our National Programme of Events can all be found by visiting our Events Page but we've also prepared a handy document that you can save and print for your own Area and County so you can see at a glance what's on our programme for 2022 (panel details, age groups etc). You can view it below or Click HERE to download it as a pdf.
We are delighted to offer you the opportunity to take part free of charge in one of two pilot Coaching Children Courses. These courses are certified by Sport Ireland and Community Games. There is a maximum of 30 places on each course and the places will be offered on a first come, first served basis (see registration form here)
All too often, programmes offered to children in sport are scaled down versions of adult activity without regard for the different needs of children. Children want different things from their sport participation and require different approaches given their stage of development both physically and mentally.
The Coaching Children Programme aims to equip coaches with specific knowledge, skills and competencies to cater for the needs of children.
Creating good coaching children practices at an early stage will result in a higher proportion of children gaining both movement skills and love of activity that we hope will remain with them in to their teenage and adult years.
These courses will be via a hybrid model of learning - Workshops 1 and 2 will be delivered online over a series of 3 evenings and Workshops 3 and 4 will be full days (Saturday) in either Ballinasloe or Cork.
For more details visit our Volunteer Training Page
Community Games launched its 2022 to 2024 Strategic Plan in the grounds of Visual Carlow on Sunday 13th March. A fitting location considering Visual Carlow and St Patrick’s College Carlow will play host to Aldi Community Games Arts and Cultural Weekend from 26th to 28th August 2022 where over 1,500 children will be painting, drawing, singing, dancing and much more as they represent their counties.
Gerry McGuinness, President of Aldi Community Games commented:
“It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Board and our Strategic Planning Group, to present our 2022 to 2024 Strategic Plan. Organisations such as our own, which provide sporting and cultural opportunities to children in Ireland, have become even more important to society post COVID-19 and the necessity to have a clear, realistic, and executable strategic plan to continue to do what we do has never been more important.
This robust strategic plan, will ensure the sustainability and growth of our organisation and is the culmination of an extensive and far-reaching process of consultation and engagement throughout 2021.
Guided by Senan Turnball, an independent consultant, this process included several surveys, online workshops and face to face focus groups (when feasible). We sought input from all members of our organisation and I was delighted to see such a high level of commitment and indeed lively debate!
In addition, we consulted with key stakeholders including our main sponsors and Sport Ireland. All of this very valuable feedback was carefully collated and helped form this Strategic Plan.
The five pillars, which form the mainstay of our plan, will place a particular emphasis on volunteer support and training and development and I, along with my fellow Committee Members, believe that supporting our volunteers at every level will help Community Games continue to thrive and be an essential part of Irish society by being a source of fun, sport and culture for every child in Ireland for years to come.”
David Hoysted, Chief Executive added:
“I am delighted with the release of Community Games Strategic Plan 2022-2024, which provides a roadmap for the short to medium term future of Community Games. I look forward to working with the Board, Staff and Volunteers to implement this plan across all its pillars within Community Games.
I am thankful to the Strategic Planning Group for their unfailing commitment to engage with all our members to ensure that we asked the right questions and that every voice was heard, resulting in an ambitious yet feasible living document that addresses the needs of our organisation. The implementation of this plan will ensure that Community Games not only stays relevant but continues to grow and develop, while as allows, staying true to our mission.”
Aldi Community Games celebrates Women in Sport week by launching their toolkits for young girls in sport
On the 11th of March 2022 Aldi Community Games launched their Women in Sport toolkit for young girls in sport at John O’Sullivan Athletics Track, Ennis, Co. Clare.
This unique toolkit was developed with teenage girls and their coaches in mind after a series of very successful #ownit workshops run by Community Games in conjunction with Move2b. The kits are proudly sponsored by Aldi Ireland.
Community Games announced today that each coach or parent who attended the series will receive a starter toolkit with the necessary items for teenage girls, such as sanitary pads, tampons, hygiene products and informational leaflets. These kits will be used to support coaches of teams, individual sports in encouraging young girls to continue to join in sporting activities during a menstrual cycle. It is a simple yet effective way to help retain girls in sport and remove the stigma of the menstrual cycle in sport.
Orna and Niamh Murray - founders of Move2b said:
"We loved the opportunity to partner with Aldi Community Games in their innovative series of #ownit workshops. Our goal at Move2B is for teenage girls (and their coaches) to have enough resources and evidence-based information to help them work with their bodies and discover their athletic and personal potential."
We’re grateful that the coaches who attended the #ownit series of workshops will receive this kit sponsored by Aldi with menstrual cycle products such as pads and tampons so that girls can get active and stay active, any time of the month."
Fiona Shannon, Recruitment Training and Development Director, Aldi Community Games commented:
“We are pleased that Aldi recognises the need for supporting Women in Sport. I would like to thank Aldi for sponsoring the toolkits and thank the Orna and Niamh Murray the founders of Move2B for their creative ideas and workshops. Their advice and knowledge is invaluable and I hope that our coaches around the country can benefit from this initiative. As an organisation, we are striving to ensure that women are visible and heard at all stages within our structure. Our aim is to distil to every member the availability and content of existing research and tools as well as deliver training in the sector."
Lianda d’Auria - Community Games volunteer said:
“As a parent of a daughter who is very interested in sport, Aldi Community Games has made me realise the great benefits that the games offer young girls for their sporting, educational and own personal well-being. Aldi Community Games has a large variety of exciting events and competitions that cater for all girls from 6 years old to 16 and I feel that their new promotional initiative for teenage girls will be of great benefit to all those that take part this year.”
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