SPAR School Zone reaches over 102,000 students

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SPAR School Zone reaches over 102,000 students

The SPAR FAI School Zone reached over 102,000 primary school children throughout Ireland. The digital learning resource was created for teachers and parents of primary school children in 4th, 5th and 6th class.
5th May 2021

Interactive and engaging activity sheets, designed with both the classroom and homeschooling in mind, were delivered. The programme ran throughout March and April to help children and schools get through the absence of football in schools.

Activity sheets were delivered twice a week over the course of 4 weeks to 904 primary schools, with 1,252 teachers delivering the lessons. The initiative saw 56,419 boys and 46,441 girls registered to enjoy the lessons, covering core subjects such as Maths, History, Geography, English, Art, Irish and Healthy Eating. This represents 45% female participation.

Each registered school was entered into a competition to win prizes for their school and one school from each county was selected to win a specially commissioned SPAR FAI football kit. The winners are revealed below.

Congratulations also to Scoil Eoin in Crumlin, Co. Dublin, who were selected as the nationwide winner and will receive a virtual meet and greet with members of Stephen Kenny’s international team.

SPAR’s support of the SPAR FAI School Zone is a continuation of SPAR’s dedication to grassroots football and was developed as an extension to the hugely successful SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme, which had to be cancelled this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

FAI Schools and Third Level Programme Coordinator John Mc Guinness said, “The success of the SPAR FAI School Zone is a reflection of the great work of teachers across the country that have continued to bring a fun learning environment to the classroom, despite the difficult challenges that the past year has thrown up.”

“Our partners SPAR have shown great support for this initiative from day one and they continue to be a tremendous support both nationally and locally through their network of retailers in communities across the country.”

“We hope that the SPAR FAI School Zone provided fun and engaging activities for boys and girls nationwide and we are delighted to see the return of the beautiful game to pitches across the country this week. We are looking forward to a successful return to the SPAR Primary 5s later in the year.”

SPAR Sales Director Colin Donnelly said, “We’ve been supporting the FAI for more than six years now through our ground-breaking sponsorship of the SPAR Primary Schools 5s Programme,”

“It’s been an exceptional year for teachers, parents and students and we are delighted to see that so many children throughout Ireland were able to take part and benefit from the lessons that the SPAR FAI School Zone provided.”

“The overall success of the programme has been a testament to the commitment of our community network of SPAR Retailers around the country, whose involvement with their own local schools continues to drive the participation and success of this great initiative. We very much look forward to working with the FAI next year to continue supporting these great grassroots programmes.”

Parents and teachers can still register to receive this years activity sheets here - https://www.fai.ie/domestic/spar-fai-school-zone/register

SPAR School Zone County Winners Breakdown

County

Primary School

Town

Teacher

Surname

Carlow

Bishop Foley School

Carlow

Peter

Doran

Cavan

Convent of Mercy NS

Belturbet

Karen

Gilroy

Clare

Inch National School

Ennis

Sheena

Gleeson

Cork

Knockskeagh National School

Clonakilty

Aidan

McCarthy

Donegal

St. Patrick’s BNS

Carndonagh

Roxanna

Hirrell

Dublin

St. Kevin's GNS

Dublin 24

Christine

O'Sullivan

Galway

Castlegar NS

Galway

Helena

Gaughan

Kerry

Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn

Tralee

Declan

Quill

Kildare

Scoil Mhuire, Leixlip

Leixlip

Emily

Milner

Kilkenny

St. Mary's NS

Thomastown

David

Herity

Laois

The Heath NS

Portlaoise

Shane

Maher

Leitrim

Largy NS

Manorhamilton

Shauna

Stevens

Limerick

St. Nessan's

Mungret

Tony

Kavanagh

Longford

Scoil Mhuire NS

Newtownforbes

Ross

Gannon

Louth

Le Cheile ETNS

Drogheda

Fiona

O'Connell

Mayo

Foxford NS

Foxford

Grainne

Reilly

Meath

St. Stephen's NS

Navan

David

O'Brien

Monaghan

Scoil Eanna

Ballybay

Liz

Duffy

Offaly

Daingean NS

Tullamore

Karen

Earls

Roscommon

St. Ronan's NS, Taughmaconnell

Ballinasloe

Ronan

Breathnach

Sligo

St. Patrick's NS

Maugherow

Mark

Gillan

Tipperary

Dualla NS

Cashel

John

Manley

Waterford

Holy Cross

Tramore

Michael

Dunford

Westmeath

Presentation SNS

Mullingar

Niamh

O'Neill

Wexford

Gusserane NS

New Ross

Mairead

Boyle

Wicklow

St. Fergal's NS

Bray

Bernadette

Keyes

Zoom Player Call

Dublin

Scoil Eoin

Crumlin

Lianne

Creighton