The Coláiste de hIde group
Sixth year students from Coláiste de hÍde enjoyed a brilliant introductory session to the sport on Thursday morning 3rd March in Tallaght! Demonstrations on the correct techniques and posture were followed by some great contests between all students! A huge thank you to Cathy for her time, expertise and rope! Stiofan O Mordha
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Mary Catherine Murphy and Cathy O’Toole, the Irish Tug of War Association’s School Development Officer delivered a tug of war rope to Ashbourne ETNS on February 9th.
The pupils learning pulling teqhniques
Ashbourne ET is striving to gain the active school flag. Teachers and pupils are trying to increase pupils levels of activity and interest in taking part in sport both in school and at home. Introducing a varied range of sporting opportunities is one way in which to do so.
Cathy and Mary Catherine took all classes in Ashbourne ET’s developing school, ranging from Junior Infants to 3rd, for a session. They showed the pupils the gear used when pulling inside vs outside and their collection of medals and trophies won whilst competing for both club and country.
The Infant classes took turns pulling tyres and weights in teams. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Classes pulled weights in order practise their technique, culminating in class competitions where half classes were pitted against each other for glory.
When pupils were asked what they had learned from the sessions and enjoyed most these were their responses: Melissa from 1st Class said, “I didn’t know that tug of war took so much effort but I lost two times. It’s so hard to pull those tyres across the PE hall. I really liked the tug of war.” “I liked that we had competitions to see were the girls or the boys the strongest!” remarked Jenna from 2nd Class. “I didn’t know that if you pulled the rope it wouldn’t snap.” said Nicola from 1st Class.
Cathy and Mary Catherine left the new rope for continued use in the school and both pupils and teachers look forward to doing so.
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The English Tug of War Association has recently published a document titled “basic skills for tug of war in schools and youth organisations“. This document provides basic guidance on how to set up a tug of war event as a sporting activity as part of a PE lesson or sports day. The guide provides simple steps on how to set up a competition area, basic tug of war techniques, in addition to including a health and safety risk assessment form to ensure that the sport is carried out in a safe manner. The document can be downloaded by clicking here.
Many thanks to the English association for allowing us to use this document.
Kilmacanogue NS, Co. Wicklow
The Irish Tug of War Association is going to be actively involved with schools across the country.
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT Cathy O Toole
CONTACT DETAILS: 086 3713869
Click here to see photos from some schools which have been given ropes by the Irish Tug of War Association.
Click here to see details of some of the school projects which were held in Wicklow in 2014 & 2015
All ladies interested in forming a team or joining an existing team should contact the Ladies Liaison Officer, Cathy O’Toole.
Click here to see report and photos of the Irish Ladies panels trip to represent their country and the 2015 European Championship in Belfast.
Click here for GENSB Results from the Netherlands.
Two teams from the Irish youth development made the trip to Folkestone, England at the weekend for the 17th GENSB Games tournament. The lads performed well to qualify from their group to the knockout stages. Unfortunately there were defeated in the last 16 contest by Appenzell from Switzerland. Eire Og finished in 11th position overall. Please email your photos from the trip to the PRO for uploading to the website.
Click here to see results from Folkestone.