Community Games - A call for help!
Call for greater support for Wicklow’s Community Games
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.