Tipperary students to take on the teachers for GOAL

Transition year students throughout Tipperary are being challenged to ‘take on the teachers’ as part of a new annual multi-sport challenge taking place during May in aid of humanitarian agency, GOAL.

Launched nationwide this morning, the ‘GOAL Sports Challenge’ provides all school-goers – from junior infants right up to Leaving Certificate level – with the opportunity to compete against each other in a wide range of popular sports and games.

The event is aimed at boosting fitness levels amongst children and teenagers, and raising money and awareness for some of GOAL’s programmes for vulnerable children throughout the developing world.

Teachers young and old are also being encouraged to participate by either taking part in as many events as they can, or by arranging and supervising games for some of the younger children.

“We expect the ‘students versus the teachers’ event, in something like rugby, soccer, Gaelic football or hurling to capture the imagination of most schools, but we have proposed a number of other games, such as skipping, hula hoop rolling, long puck and long kick events, GOAL Miles and relays that will suit boys and girls of all ages and fitness levels,” explained GOAL’s Development Education Officer, Maeve Seery. “However, schools are more than welcome to come up with their own ideas too.

“We have also suggested Friday, May 11th as a day to hold the ‘GOAL Sports Challenge’, but it may be easier for schools to run the event at another time, whether it is during a sports day, a lunch break, or even a PE class.”

Participating children and teachers are being encouraged to donate whatever they can afford towards GOAL. They can learn more, including tips and guidelines for individual games, by visiting www.goal.ie, or by calling Maeve in GOAL on 01-2809 779.

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