Concept

Community Games

Summary
Aldi Community Games is an Irish independent voluntary organisation and National Governing Body providing opportunities for children and young people to grow and develop in a positive and healthy way while experiencing a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. The National Festivals are held over 2 weekends every year, where between 3 and 4,000 children compete for their area, town, county and province. Aldi Community Games is sponsored by Aldi. "Community Games can be quite proud of its immense achievements in a wide range of interests and, indeed, positive community developments. Community Games is a truly developing organisation spreading good-will and healthy involvement for the benefit of all." Joseph Connolly, Founder and Honorary Life Patron (1922 - 2008). Aldi Community Games were set up in 1967 - initially only in Dublin as a way to deal with the problems of the lack of leisure-time activities for young people. In the first games, 3,000 took part at the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Santry; the following year it was 5,000 - today, over 160,000 children compete for the chance to make it to the National Festival. For most of the games history, the National Finals were held in Mosney, County Meath. However, as the former campsite became unavailable due to being turned into a residential area for asylum seekers, from 2009 onwards the Games were held at the Athlone Institute of Technology in Athlone, County Westmeath. This being the Jubilee year the Games return to Dublin to the state of the art National Sports Campus on 6 May and 18 to 20 August. The following are some of the sports and games that are played through Aldi Community Games: Athletics Badminton Basketball Camogie Cycling Futsal Gaelic football Gymnastics Hurling Pitch and putt Rounders Rugby Skittles Indoor soccer Swimming Table tennis Tennis Volleyball Individual Events Art Chess Choir Culture Corner Draughts Model making Project Quiz Variety show Disco dancing Singing Traditional set dancing Comedy sketch/Drama Music Recitation Young people from all over Ireland aim to qualify for the Aldi Community Games National Festival each year.
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