Twenty-six schools across the country have joined an initiative organised between Allianz and Cumann na mBunscol, that will support Ukrainian schoolchildren to participate in local Gaelic game activities through their schools.

The initiative sees Allianz provide these schools with 500 footballs, 200 hurleys and 200 sliothars to help Ukrainian refugee schoolchildren fall in love with our national games.

In total, the twenty-six participating schools have taken in 383 Ukrainian schoolchildren between them.

The sports equipment was successfully delivered to each of the twenty-six schools across the country last week, in advance of Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Week. The initiative involves schools from 15 counties across the four provinces of Ireland.

It is envisaged through the campaign these schools will play a key role in helping Ukrainian schoolchildren integrate into their local communities through the national sport.

“From Armagh to Wexford, we are thrilled with the outpouring of support from schools across the country through this initiative with Allianz,” said Joe Lyons, Chairman of Cumann na mBunscol.

“These schools are playing such an important role in welcoming Ukrainian schoolchildren into our communities. By joining these local GAA activities, we hope the Ukrainian children feel welcome in our communities and learn the skills they need to enjoy our national games. Ukrainian children have featured in Cumann na mBunscol activities already this school term, thus making new friends and integrating more easily in their new surroundings. We look forward to working with all of the schools involved and seeing these children flourish,”

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Week started in June 2020, with a focus on supporting Gaelic games and related activities in schools when it was not possible for teams to take to the field at the time.

This year, the week has engaged with approximately 2,000 schools that are joining in local GAA activities and competitions across the country.

The Allianz Cumann na mBunscol schools’ hurling finals took place last week in Croke Park on June 7th and 8th.

“Sport has always been always been such an important vehicle for integration, and GAA activities are often at the forefront of inclusion across our local communities,” added Alan Black, Religious and Education Customer Relationship Manager at Allianz.

“Therefore, Allianz, through our work with Cumann na mBunscol, are delighted to sponsor this donation of sports equipment to schools across the country. We hope it goes some way in facilitating the integration of these children into the school and wider community through participation in Gaelic Games.”



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