SPAR 5s

  • 232 students from 27 schools in Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo competed in the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Connacht Finals which were held in Solar21 Park, Castlebar this afternoon (May 3)

    The event saw 31,728 children participate this year. The competition has been running since the mid 1990’s, the event is more popular than ever with an impressive 1,528 schools involved in 2018.

    The competition is run across six divisions, ensuring that schools of all sizes are catered for. Boys and girls are encouraged to play together but there is a separate competition for boys and girls dependent on school enrolment numbers.

    This year saw 2 schools from both Mayo and Galway make the cut as well as qualifiers from Sligo and Roscommon. Flying the flag for Mayo in the Aviva will be the girls of Belcarra NS and St. John’s NS, Breaffy. Bawnmore NS and Oranmore NS will be the proud representatives of Galway. Alongside them representing Connacht will be our Sligo Champions, Ardkeeran NS and Roscommon Champions, Corrigeenroe NS.

    SPAR ‘A’ Cup (Small Schools, boys/mixed teams)

    Led by the impressive Owen Elding, Ardkeeran NS, Sligobattled past all challenges to book their place in the National Finals with victories against Gortletteragh NS, defending Champions Doorus NS and Lisaniskey NS. They could not defeat Straide NS however, who were not beaten on the day but drew three of their games to finish third. With victories over Gotletteragh and Lisaniskey NS, Doorus NS would ultimately claim the runners-up honours.

    Ardkeeran NS

    1

    0

    Gortletteragh

    Straide NS

    2

    2

    Doorus NS

    Ardkeeran NS

    4

    0

    Lisaniskey NS

    Gortletteragh

    1

    5

    Doorus NS

    Straide NS

    2

    2

    Ardkeeran NS

    Gortletteragh

    8

    1

    Lisaniskey NS

    Lisaniskey NS

    2

    4

    Straide NS

    Ardkeeran NS

    2

    1

    Doorus NS

    Straide NS

    2

    2

    Gortletteragh

    Doorus NS

    3

    1

    Lisaniskey NS

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Ardkeeran NS

    4

    3

    1

    0

    9

    3

    6

    10

    2

    Straide NS

    4

    1

    3

    0

    10

    8

    2

    6

    3

    Doorus NS

    4

    2

    1

    1

    11

    6

    5

    7

    4

    Gortletteragh

    4

    1

    1

    2

    11

    9

    2

    4

    5

    Lisaniskey NS

    4

    0

    0

    4

    4

    19

    -15

    0

     

    SPAR ‘B’ Cup (Medium Schools, boys/mixed teams)

    The tribal roar of Bawnmore NSwill be heard at the National Finals after the Galway school qualified in an efficient manner. After a clear 4-0 victory over St. Joseph’s NS, Boyle, the now-Connacht champions would then defeat all other opposition by a single goal. Their final victory against Ballyvary Central would leave their opposition in second place, as the Mayo school defeated Gaelscoil Liatroma 6-2 and St. Joseph’s NS, Boyle 3-1 to secure the placing.

    St. Joseph’s Boyle

    1

    3

    Scoil Ursula

    Gaelscoil Liatroma

    2

    6

    Ballyvary Central

    St. Joseph’s Boyle

    0

    4

    Bawnmore NS

    Scoil Ursula

    0

    0

    Ballyvary Central

    Gaelscoil Liatroma

    9

    0

    St. Joseph’s Boyle

    Scoil Ursula

    1

    2

    Bawnmore NS

    Bawnmore NS

    2

    1

    Gaelscoil Liatroma

    St. Joseph’s Boyle

    1

    3

    Ballyvary Central

    Gaelscoil Liatroma

    6

    2

    Scoil Ursula

    Ballyvary Central

    0

    1

    Bawnmore NS

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Bawnmore NS

    4

    4

    0

    0

    9

    2

    7

    12

    2

    Ballyvary Central

    4

    2

    1

    1

    9

    4

    5

    7

    3

    Scoil Ursula

    4

    1

    1

    2

    6

    9

    -3

    4

    4

    Gaelscoil Liatroma

    4

    2

    0

    2

    18

    10

    8

    6

    5

    St. Joseph’s NS, Boyle

    4

    0

    0

    4

    2

    19

    -17

    0

     

    SPAR ‘C’ Cup (Large Schools, boys/mixed teams)

    The boys of Oranmore NS will raise the Galway banner as they enter the Aviva Stadium as Connacht Champions. Three games resulted in maximum points for the winners, with victories against their own ‘B’ team and the talented sides of Claremorris BNS and St. Patrick’s, Castlebar. Claremorris BNS would fill the place as runners-up as their 3-1 victory over St. Patrick’s and exciting 4-3 success against Oranmore NS ‘B’ left them clear on points.

    Oranmore A

    3

    0

    Oranmore B

    Claremorris BNS

    3

    1

    St. Pats Castlebar

    St. Pats Castlebar

    6

    5

    Oranmore B

    Claremorris BNS

    0

    2

    Oranmore A

    Claremorris BNS

    4

    3

    Oranmore B

    Oranmore A

    5

    1

    St. Pats Castlebar

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Oranmore A

    3

    3

    0

    0

    10

    1

    9

    9

    2

    Claremorris BNS

    3

    2

    0

    1

    7

    6

    1

    6

    3

    St. Pat’s, Castlebar

    3

    1

    0

    2

    8

    13

    -5

    3

    4

    Oranmore B

    3

    0

    0

    3

    8

    13

    -5

    0

     

    SPAR Girls ‘A’ Cup (Small Schools, girls only)

    There will be flags of yellow and blue flying in the Aviva Stadium as Corrigeenroe NSof Roscommon blitzed their group to claim Provincial honours. Their toughest challenge presented itself at the first obstacle as Scoil Realt Na Mara were reluctant to give them an easy three points and a single goal would separate them at the final whistle. Following the opener, the Roscommon side found proceedings much easier with a 3-1 victory over Meelickmore before heavy victories over Killinmumery NS and Woodford NS. Scoil Realt Na Mara took second place with an important victory over Woodford NS before victory over Killinmumery NS sealed their faith.

    Meelickmore

    0

    2

    Woodford NS

    Corrigeenroe NS

    1

    0

    Scoil Realt Na Mara

    Meelickmore

    0

    0

    Killinmumery NS

    Woodford NS

    1

    2

    Scoil Realt Na Mara

    Corrigeenroe NS

    3

    1

    Meelickmore

    Woodford NS

    0

    0

    Killinmumery NS

    Killinmumery NS

    0

    5

    Corrigeenroe NS

    Meelickmore

    1

    1

    Scoil Realt Na Mara

    Corrigeenroe NS

    6

    0

    Woodford NS

    Scoil Realt Na Mara

    2

    1

    Killinmumery NS

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Corrigeenroe NS

    4

    4

    0

    0

    15

    1

    14

    12

    2

    Scoil Realt Na Mara

    4

    2

    1

    1

    5

    4

    1

    7

    3

    Woodford NS

    4

    1

    1

    2

    3

    8

    -5

    4

    4

    Meelickmore

    4

    0

    2

    2

    2

    6

    -4

    2

    5

    Killinmumery NS

    4

    0

    2

    2

    1

    7

    -6

    2

     

    SPAR Girls ‘B’ Cup (Medium Schools, girls only)

    They were so keen to play that Belcarra NSof Mayo arrived in Solar21 Park on Wednesday morning for Thursday’s event. Their eagerness still remained when they returned on the actual day and were undefeated in their four games. The day began with a 2-1 victory against Carrigallen NS before following up 3-1 against Cornafulla NS. Their biggest test came against Rathcormac NS but they successfully navigated through with a 2-0 result to win the Cup. Rathcormac NS would finish as runners-up as they defeated all but the Champions.

    Carrigallen NS

    1

    2

    Belcarra

    Carnmore

    2

    0

    Cornafulla NS

    Carrigallen NS

    3

    4

    Rathcormac NS

    Belcarra

    3

    1

    Cornafulla NS

    Carnmore

    2

    2

    Carrigallen NS

    Belcarra

    2

    0

    Rathcormac NS

    Rathcormac NS

    1

    0

    Carnmore

    Carrigallen NS

    2

    2

    Cornafulla NS

    Carnmore

    0

    0

    Belcarra

    Cornafulla NS

    0

    2

    Rathcormac NS

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    Belcarra

    4

    3

    1

    0

    7

    2

    5

    10

    2

    Rathcormac NS

    4

    3

    0

    1

    7

    5

    2

    9

    3

    Carnmore

    4

    1

    2

    1

    4

    3

    1

    5

    4

    Carrigallen NS

    4

    0

    2

    2

    8

    10

    -2

    2

    5

    Cornafulla NS

    4

    0

    1

    3

    3

    9

    -6

    1

     

    SPAR Girls ‘C’ Cup (Large Schools, girls only)

    There was excitement, there was nerves and the teachers had their maths put to the test as Scoil Íde, defending Champions Scoil Róis and St. John’s NS, Breaffyall finished on nine points with the Mayo goals having the goals in their favour as they were declared Champions based solely on goal difference. With +10 on their record, they leapt above Scoil Íde on +8 and Scoil Rois on +7. It did not seem a likely result at the start of the day as the Galway girls of Scoil Róis defeated the eventual winners 3-1. St. John’s NS would pick their performance up from there on in and pick up points against Scoil íde and Scoil Ursula of Sligo before a tournament-winning performance against St. Angela’s as they won 8-1 and gave a huge boost to their goal difference.

    Scoil Róis

    3

    1

    St. John’s NS, Breaffy

    St. Angela’s

    0

    6

    Scoil Ide

    St. John’s NS, Breaffy

    4

    1

    Scoil Ursula

    Scoil Ide

    1

    0

    Scoil Róis

    Scoil Ursula

    2

    0

    St. Angela’s

    St. John’s NS, Breaffy

    3

    1

    Scoil Ide

    Scoil Ursula

    0

    4

    Scoil Róis

    St. John’s NS, Breaffy

    8

    1

    St. Angela’s

    Scoil Ide

    4

    1

    Scoil Ursula

    Scoil Róis

    2

    0

    St. Angela’s

     

     

     

    P

    W

    D

    L

    F

    A

    GD

    Pts

    1

    St. John’s NS, Breaffy

    4

    3

    0

    1

    16

    6

    10

    9

    2

    Scoil Ide

    4

    3

    0

    1

    12

    4

    8

    9

    3

    Scoil Róis

    4

    3

    0

    1

    9

    2

    7

    9

    4

    Scoil Ursula

    4

    1

    0

    3

    4

    12

    -8

    3

    5

    St. Angela’s

    4

    0

    0

    4

    1

    18

    -17

    0

     

    The six Provincial finalists will now travel to Dublin for the National Finals which will be held in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, May 30 (KO 11.30am). We would urge all participating schools to take the day off and travel to the Dublin finale to support their school in what should prove to be a phenomenal day for all involved, players and spectators alike. 

     

    It promises to be a fantastic fun filled family day with a “Player of the Tournament” accolade for each section, goodie bags and medals for ALL 192 participants as they’re all winners on the day!

     

    Spectators will be entertained with a super day of action as well as face painting, samba drummers, a well-known DJ to play some great tunes to gear us up for the games and a chance for one special supporter to win an epic prize in the Young Sports Journalist competition. You’ll have to stay tuned on the day to see who will be crowned 2018 Champions.

     

    Cheer on the schools from your classroom or office chair if you can’t make the trip to Dublin and follow the progress on the FAI Schools Facebook and Twitter pages (@faischools)

     

    Summary of our winners and runners up

     

    Group                                                                   Winner                                                 Runner Up

    SPAR ‘A’ Cup (small schools)                  Ardkeeran NS, Sligo                             Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, Doorus, Galway

    SPAR ‘B’ Cup (medium schools)            Bawnmore NS, Galway                      Ballyvary Central, Mayo

    SPAR ‘C’ Cup (large schools)                  Oranmore NS, Galway                         Claremorris BNS, Mayo

    SPAR Girls ‘A’ Cup (small schools)        Corrigeenroe NS, Roscommon        Scoil Realt na Mara, Sligo

    SPAR Girls ‘B’ Cup (medium schools)   Belcarra NS, Mayo                                Rathcormac NS, Sligo

    SPAR Girls ‘C’ Cup (large schools)         St. John’s NS, Breaffy, Mayo            Scoil Ide, Galway

     

    Follow the action on social media via #SPAR5sor at www.faischools.ie and www.spar.ie

    SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme

    PROVINCIAL

    Ulster Final:                        May 2                    John Sherlock Park, Cootehill Harps FC, Co. Cavan
    Connacht Final:                 May 3                    Solar21 Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
    Munster Final:                   May 8+9               Mounthawk Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry
    Leinster Final:                    May 10                  MDL Grounds, Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath

    NATIONAL
    National Final:                    May 30                 Aviva Stadium, Dublin

  • The SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme was officially launched by former Republic of Ireland International Keith Andrews and current Republic of Ireland Women’s International Megan Campbell. The fun five-a-side football programme has gone from strength to strength and now stands as the largest primary school’s programme of its kind in Ireland.

     

    Mayo schools have been to the fore in the competition with 96 signing up to the 2018 edition of the programme. Belcarra NS finished as runners up in the girls ‘B’ cup for medium sized schools last year while St. John’s NS from Breaffy finished 3rd in the girls ‘C’ cup for small schools.

     

    Open to boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th class, the emphasis is firmly placed on fun, inclusivity and fostering a passion for physical activity. SPAR, in its 5th year as supporters of the FAI are looking to surpass 2018 participation figures, which saw a record 1,528 schools and 31,728 children don their sports kit to take to pitches and fields around the country.

     

    Registration for the programme will close on February 15th, and county blitzes will kick off at the end of February so act quickly and sign up online at www.fai.ie/primary5. Winning schools progress from county level to regional then provincial finals, with a lucky 24 schools making it all the way to the National Finals, which will be held on the pristine pitch at the Aviva Stadium on May 29th.

     

    The SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme is an initiative organised by the Football Association of Ireland Schools (FAI Schools). SPAR recently renewed its support of the FAI and the SPAR5s programme until 2021, support which has been in place since 2015 and has seen participation figures grow year on year to become the largest primary school’s competition in the country. The number of schools signing up for the participation programme has jumped from 1,064 in 2015 to 1, 528 last year, benefitting thousands more children in the form of encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle. Particularly pleasing for SPAR has been the increase in the number of girls putting boot to ball, 40% of participants are now female and SPAR, as well as Republic of Ireland Women’s International Megan Campbell, are eager to see this number rise again in 2019.

     

     

    Register for the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme by February 15th at www.fai.ie/primary5

     

    Schedule of Events:

    Ulster Finals:                     May 8th, 2019, Donegal League HQ, Ballyare, Co. Donegal

    Connacht Finals:              May 9th, 2019, Solar21 Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

    Munster Finals:                May 14th & 15th, 2019, Seanchoill Sports Complex, Corbally, Co. Limerick

    Leinster Finals:                 May 16th, 2019, MDL Grounds, Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath

    National Finals:                May 29th, 2019, Aviva Stadium, Dublin

     

     

     

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    The 2018 SPAR FAI Primary Schools 5s Programme concluded on Wednesday afternoon with a dramatic National Finals in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

    2018’s competition saw 31,728 children take part, with 1,528 schools competing from all around the country. The competition, which is being sponsored for the fourth year by SPAR, saw 13 counties represented in the National Finals on Wednesday.

    There has been a 65% increase in participation since 2015, and this year’s competition saw 3,965 teams whittled down through the final 24.

    Colin Donnelly, SPAR Sales Director said; “This has been our fourth year involved in the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme and we’re delighted to see the programme has gone from strength to strength and cumulated in a fantastic festival of football in the Aviva Stadium. 

    “SPAR are very proud supporters and this is evident by the number of SPAR local retailers who have attended and supported schools at all stages of the programme from county blitzes all the way to the National Finals. 

    “Encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle is very important to SPAR and having over 30,000 children enjoying the fitness and social benefits of exercise is very satisfying for us. Finally, huge congratulations to all the schools who competed in the National Finals and thank you to all the family, friends and supporters for making the day so special.”

    Seán Carr, FAI Schools Chairman added; “The competition has gone from strength to strength in recent years thanks to the assistance of our sponsors, SPAR. There was an additional 3,000 participants involved this season, taking our total to nearly 32,000 boys and girls. 

    The nationwide spread of schools who are choosing to take part, and the increase in female participation, which now stands at over 40% is particularly pleasing. The finals day is a memory that the these players will cherish forever.”

    Latnamard NS were victorious in the ‘A’ Cup. The Monaghan school finished unbeaten. They defeated Trafrask NS and Clonlisk NS before drawing their final match against Ardkeeran NS.

    It was a double for Ulster schools in the “A’ competitions, as Donegal’s St. Brigid’s NS won the girls section. On four points after two games, the Inishowen school defeated Corrigeenroe’s St. Teresa’s NS in their final game to pip the Roscommon school by a point.

    The ‘B’ Cup was the closest competition that took place on the day. Three of the four teams ended on six points, with Dublin’s Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain winning the title on goal difference ahead of Cork’s Scoil Iosagain and Donegal’s St. Oran’s NS.

    Cork’s Clogheen/Kerry-Pike NS were the only school to win three games from three on the day without conceding any goals, as the were victorious in the Girls ‘B’ Competition. The Munster champions defeated Belcarra NS, Scoil Chroine and Rathoe NS.

    Raheny’s Scoil Assaim won the ‘C’ Competition, winning all three of their games. The Dublin school defeated Scoil Iosagain, Scoil Iosaif Naofa and Glasheen BNS to win their competition.

    Buncrana’s Scoil Iosagain were victorious in the Girls ‘C’ Competition. The only school that had two teams competing the in the National Finals won three from three to claim the title.

    Every player that competed were presented with their medals by SPAR Ambassadors Keith Andrews and Megan Campbell.

    SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme National Finals Results
    ‘A’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: Latnamard NS, Monaghan              
    Runner Up: Trafrask NS, Beara, Cork
    Third: Clonisk NS, Offaly          
    Fourth:  Ardkeeran NS, Riverstown, Sligo            
    Player of the Tournament: Thomas Brady (Latnamard NS)

    Girls ‘A’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: St. Brigid’s NS, Glenmakee, Inishowen, Donegal         
    Runner Up:  St. Teresa’s NS, Corrigeenroe, Roscommon     
    Third: Crusheen NS, Clare
    Fourth: St. Fintan’s NS, Mayglass, Wexford
    Player of the Tournament: Ellie Long (St. Brigid’s NS)

    ‘B’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain, Baile Atha Cliath
    Runner Up: Scoil Iosagain, Aghada, Cork
    Third: St. Oran’s NS, Cockhill, Inishowen, Donegal
    Fourth: Scoil Naisiunta Mhuire, Bawnmore, Galway
    Player of the Tournament: Tomas O Muireagain (Gaelscoil Chluain Dolcain)

    Girls ‘B’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: Clogheen/Kerry-Pike NS, Cork          
    Runner Up: Belcarra NS, Mayo
    Third: Scoil Chroine, Dungloe, Donegal  
    Fourth: Rathoe NS, Carlow
    Player of the Tournament: Ellie O’Brien (Clogheen/Kerry-Pike NS)

    ‘C’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: Scoil Assaim, Raheny, Dublin
    Runner Up: Scoil Iosaif Naofa, Oranmore, Galway   
    Third: Glasheen BNS, Cork   
    Fourth: Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana, Inishowen, Donegal           
    Player of the Tournament: James Byrne (Scoil Assaim)

    Girls ‘C’ Schools Cup:
    Winner: Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana, Inishowen, Donegal
    Runner Up: Our Lady of Good Counsel GNS, Johnstown, Dublin
    Third: St. John’s NS, Breaffy, Mayo
    Fourth: St. John the Baptist GNS, Cashel, Tipperary
    Player of the Tournament: Jodie Loughrey (Scoil Iosagain)