Com­mu­nity Games - A call for help!

Call for greater support for Wick­low’s Com­mu­nity Games

Bray People - - SPORT - COM­MU­NITY GAMES An ap­peal

FOR over 40 years, Com­mu­nity Games in Wick­low has pro­vided the young peo­ple of the county an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence sports and other ac­tiv­i­ties at area, county, provin­cial and na­tional lev­els.

Wick­low has pro­duced many medal win­ners at each level but more im­por­tantly real win­ners in cre­at­ing mem­o­ries of en­joy­ment and friend­ships.

Phyl­lis Far­rell from Wick­low Com­mu­nity Games is ap­peal­ing to peo­ple in Wick­low to get back on board with the or­gan­i­sa­tion and to help a whole new gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple cre­ate a host of happy mem­o­ries.

“Only the other day in a su­per­mar­ket, I was ap­proached by a woman in her 30s and the open­ing line was “are you still do­ing the ath­let­ics train­ing? God that was great fun.” That is what Com­mu­nity Games means to so many peo­ple in the county,” says Phyl­lis.

“As we ap­proach the new sea­son we are call­ing for help, beg­ging for as­sis­tance.

“Com­mu­nity Games is not a club, it is not af­fil­i­ated to any club but rather an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion that of­fers ac­tiv­i­ties in 29 team ac­tiv­i­ties and 21 in­di­vid­ual events – that’s a mas­sive 50 dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties for our chil­dren and young peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence.

Team ac­tiv­i­ties are: Bad­minton, Bas­ket­ball, Camogie, Chess, Choir, Cul­ture Cor­ner, De­bat­ing , Draughts, Fut­sal , Gaelic Foot­ball, Group Com­edy/Drama ,Group Dance - Ir­ish Con­tem­po­rary and Mod­ern Disco, Group Mu­sic ,Group Singing, Hard­court Ten­nis ,Hurl­ing ,Marathon ,Mixed Dis­tance Re­lay ,Project, Re­lay, Rounders, Rugby, Skit­tles, Soc­cer Out­door, Soc­cer In­door, Spike­ball , Swimming ,Ta­ble Ten­nis ,Ta­ble Quiz.

In­di­vid­ual Ac­tiv­i­ties are: Art, Ball Throw,Cross Coun­try, Cy­cling, Dis­cus, Duathlon, Gym­nas­tics, Hand­writ­ing, Hand­ball, High Jump, In­di­vid­ual Ath­let­ics, Javelin, Judo, Long Jump, Long Puck, Model Mak­ing, Pitch and Putt, Solo Tal­ent, Shot Putt, Swimming, Triple Jump.

Par­tic­i­pants are aged be­tween six and 16 years and the only other rule is that they must live in the area they com­pete for.

“Over the past few years we have seen a de­cline in par­tic­i­pa­tion in Wick­low,” said Phyl­lis. “Peo­ple say that is be­cause there are so many clubs and things for kids to do. But strangely, that is the very rea­son that we should be see­ing an in­crease in par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“Why can’t clubs and groups look­ing for some­thing to do and events to par­tic­i­pate in, do their thing in Com­mu­nity Games? Many clubs in other coun­ties do this. Com­mu­nity Games can be a nat­u­ral ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing com­pe­ti­tion struc­ture of your group.

“Surely the hurl­ing clubs would be able to find some long puck­ers to take on the rest of the county.

“Years ago, we were Le­in­ster cham­pi­ons in draughts, maybe the lo­cal chess club could take up the ba­ton.

“If you have an in­ter­est in a club or a pas­sion for a sport or ac­tiv­ity, Com­mu­nity Games of­fers you an op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend your net for par­tic­i­pants and pos­si­ble events.

“What’s in it for your club? More com­pe­ti­tions, county, provin­cial and na­tional, for your ex­ist­ing mem­bers, more ex­po­sure for your club or or­gan­i­sa­tion and pos­si­bly new mem­bers.

“And the chance to have peo­ple com­ing up to you in years to come say­ing, “Wow that was great fun and do you re­mem­ber….”.

“If you would like to know more or dis­cuss how we can help your club – don’t hes­i­tate to call,” said Phyl­lis.

The Balt­in­glass bas­ket­ball team from 2014.

Pres­i­dent Lily Ka­vanagh makes a pre­sen­ta­tion to Ellen Nolan.

Breda Reid is pre­sented with her jacket.

Wick­low del­e­gates at the Le­in­ster AGM.

The Lit­tle Bray soc­cer team from the sum­mer.

The Aughrim-An­nacurra quiz team.

Cliodhna Cole­man in ac­tion be­hind the chess board.

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