Aldi Com­mu­nity Games wel­comed over 4,000 chil­dren from across Ire­land to the Na­tional Fes­ti­val

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More than 4,000 chil­dren took part in Aldi Com­mu­nity Games Au­gust Na­tional Fes­ti­val at the Univer­sity of Lim­er­ick Sports Cam­pus on Satur­day 17 and Sun­day 18 Au­gust. The Na­tional Fes­ti­val was the fi­nal event in a suc­cess­ful third year of Aldi’s spon­sor­ship of Com­mu­nity Games, which aims to in­tro­duce young peo­ple to a va­ri­ety of sports, cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties and en­cour­age healthy and ac­tive life­styles. This year, Aldi Com­mu­nity Games saw more than 177,000 chil­dren across 600 com­mu­ni­ties take part in hun­dreds of sched­uled re­gional events, sup­ported by over 20,000 vol­un­teers. The Au­gust Na­tional Fes­ti­val wel­comed county and pro­vin­cial cham­pi­ons from across Ire­land to take part in friendly com­pe­ti­tion across a wide range of sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing Athletics, Hurl­ing, Tag Rugby, Camo­gie, Rounders and Soc­cer John Curtin, Group Buy­ing Di­rec­tor, Aldi Ire­land said “Aldi is very proud to be cel­e­brat­ing our third year work­ing in part­ner­ship with Com­mu­nity Games. We set out two years ago to give more and more chil­dren and com­mu­ni­ties the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in Com­mu­nity Games, introducin­g them to the ex­cite­ment of sport and lay­ing the early seeds for a healthy life­style. Progress has been phe­nom­e­nal with over 177,000 chil­dren from 600 lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties tak­ing part . The ac­tive life­style mes­sage that Com­mu­nity Games pro­motes to chil­dren is a vi­sion Aldi shares. We have made fresh, healthy food choices more ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able to Ir­ish fam­i­lies and in work­ing in part­ner­ship with sports and youth or­gan­i­sa­tions like Com­mu­nity Games, Foróige and the IRFU, we are help­ing to pro­mote ac­tive life­style choices too”.

Above: Mia Allen of Wick­low com­pet­ing in the Girls’ U12 Re­lay Heats dur­ing Day 1 of the Aldi Com­mu­nity Games Au­gust Fes­ti­val.

Right: Ka­reem Ma­tonmi of Balt­in­glass, Co Wick­low com­pet­ing in the U14 Boys 60M hur­dles semi-fi­nal dur­ing Day 2.

Left: Eve Wright of Westside, Co. Wick­low, com­pet­ing in the Girls’ U10 100m Heats dur­ing Day 1.

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