Aldi has timed the announcement of the winners of a major schools competition to dovetail nicely with the weekend start of the Guinness Six Nations.
Over 109,000 children at 1,200 primary schools around the country have taken part in the Aldi Play Rugby programme.
Two of them are now celebrating having won €50,000 to invest in school sports facilities with another ten sharing an additional €100,000 between them.
St Peter and Paul’s National School in Navan and St Joseph’s National School in Leitrim are the two main winners.
Schools who missed out last year will be able to go again from tomorrow with the scheme returning for a third time.
Schools, teachers, parents and friends get one sticker for every €30 they spend in Aldi. The stickers extend across players in the Men’s and Women’s Irish squads. Schools that collect 300 stickers between them are in the running for prizes up to that top one of €50,000.
“We’re now into our fourth year as the Official Fresh Food Partner of the IRFU, and what better way to celebrate than by investing over €1.2 Million in primary schools sports facilities,” said Aldi Group Buying Director John Curtin.
“I would like to congratulate all the primary schools that have taken part so far. We as a business are thrilled to be part of Ireland’s rugby success from grassroots level up and to be supporting young talent through the Aldi Play Rugby Primary school’s programme.”
“As the Aldi Play Rugby Ambassador, I’ve seen first-hand how the support Aldi has given has helped grow the sport hugely in primary schools around the country,” added paul O’Connell.
“This sticker competition is just one of many initiatives Aldi and the IRFU have successfully worked together on, and I would encourage all primary schools around the country to take part.”
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