Summer camps returned this week to the Sport Ireland Campus, with the ‘National Dairy Council School Sports Day’ for all the kids that missed out at the end of term.
To celebrate this year’s camps in a unique way, each participant will take part in a ‘National Dairy Council Sports Day’, encompassing a number of favourites such as sack races, sprint races, javelin throwing competitions and long jump challenges.
The idea of bringing in traditional school sports day activities to the programme this year comes as so many children missed out on this memorable day in the school calendar, traditionally held at the end of term.
It is a great way of getting back to something like normal, especially important for younger children who are likely to have been impacted more than most by virtue of the time spent in lockdown representing a bigger proportion of their lives.
Birthday parties, communions, confirmations and farewell to friends as schools broke up are milestones in all of our young lives.
At least for some, the ritual of the school sports day has now been rescued, even if most of our memories of the same do not include aquatic frogs and javelins…