Schools from Cork, Clare, Donegal, Kildare and Offaly were crowned winners at the 2019 SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National Finals in Aviva Stadium.
The event saw 192 children from 24 schools, in 13 separate counties participate in the final stages of the competition following four months of nationwide activity.
This was one of the first major FAI Sponsor events since the current troubles being experienced by the FAI .
SPAR recently renewed its support of the programme until 2021.
Participation figures have grown year on year with the number of schools taking part jumping from 1,064 in 2015 to 1,528 last year. 40 per cent of participants are now young girls.
“The SPAR5s is a programme we are very proud of, that, as its essence, encourages children to get involved in sport and develop a love for football and physical activity and perfectly complements our SPAR Better Choices message,” said Sales Director Colin Donnelly when launching this tournament in January.
Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy joined SPAR Ambassadors Keith Andrews and Ireland WNT star Megan Campbell at the event that crowned six national champions.
Trafask NS were the first winners of the day. The Cork school won the SPAR ‘A’ Cup winning two games and drawing their third on the way to the National Title.
There was more success for Munster in the SPAR ‘A’ Girls Cup, as Clare’s Crusheen NS won all three matches to top their group.
In the SPAR ‘B’ Cup, Donegal’s St. Oran’s were crowned Champions after winning all three games.
Mucklagh NS were the first Leinster winners of the day, in the SPAR ‘B’ Girls Cup. The Offaly school won all three games, and finished six points clear of their opposition.
Offaly success continued in the SPAR ‘C’ Cup as Scoil Muire Banrion from Edenderry won the title for large schools.
The final title went to a Kildare school, as St. Laurence’s NS from Sallins were crowned champions.
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