Aviva Ringing to Sound of Spar Kids

The Aviva Stadium will be hopping today as the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National Finals takes centre stage.

The event will see 192 children from 24 schools participate in the final stages of the competition following four months of nationwide activity.

The qualifying schools have come through their local County events, Regional and Provincial qualifiers to reach this stage of the competition with excitement mounting around the local areas.

The impact of Packie Bonner and more lately Seamus Coleman is evident in the presence of five schools coming from Donegal, one of 13 counties to have a team represented.

There are four from Cork, three from Dublin, two each from Galway and Mayo while the accents of Clare, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Carlow and Wexford will also be heard.

This year the programme featured 1,528 schools with a total of 31,728 children participating which is a new record for the programme which has been in existence for over 20 years.

The event will be a family fun day focusing on providing participants and spectators alike with excitement and entertainment, as well as the chance to play on the pitch that will host the Republic of Ireland against the USA this weekend.

All 192 players will receive a medal, the six winning teams will be crowned Spar Champions for 2018 as well as there being a Spar Player of the Tournament accolade in each division.  There will also be a chance for one winner to lay down a marker off the pitch in the Future Sports Journalist competition which is open to all participating schools.

 

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