This year, our ongoing Active Schools Project was delivered in County Wicklow in partnership with the Wicklow Sports Partnership. Schools from around the county over were given a demonstration and training as well as presenting the schools with a rope.
The program culminated in the inaugural Wicklow Primary School Tug of War blitz that was held Friday 29th in shoreline Greystones. 5 Wicklow schools who took part in either this years active schools program or last years, travelled to Shoreline in Co. Wicklow. We had a fantastic turnout with 40 5-a-side teams entered and 200 3rd and 4th class students taking part on the day.
The schools who took part were Delgany National School, Carysfort National School, Brittas Bay, St. Patricks Girls, Powerscourt NS.
The teams were divided into groups of five and a round robin competition was run with each group. There were all girls teams and all boys teams, but most teams taking part were mixed teams of both boys and girls. The teams all competed together and some great work had been done in advance by the teachers, with no obvious advantage for teams whether the were mixed, boys or girls, 3rd class or 4th, showing the true value of teamwork to win out.
There was some fantastic competition and enjoyment throughout the day.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Denise O’ Shea, Lorainne Dunne and all the staff at Wicklow Sports Partnership who put in a massive amount of work to ensure the whole day ran smoothly. We would also like to thank Jackie Kinch and the community coaches who helped with school visits and who looked after all the refereeing today. Lastly we would like to thank all 5 schools, teachers and students for travelling and taking part and for helping us make sure the blitz kept running well all day long despite the large number of teams.
We look forward to building on the success of this program in the future, both in further partnership with Wicklow Sports Partnership, but also working with the Active School Flag initiative and LSP’s in other counties.