Over 102,000 primary school children throughout Ireland took part in the SPAR FAI School Zone, a new digital learning resource for teachers and parents of primary school children in 4th, 5th and 6th class.

It delivered interactive and engaging lesson plans designed with both the classroom and homeschooling in mind, and ran over the past number of months to help children and schools get through the absence of sport in schools.

The lessons were delivered twice a week over the course of 4 weeks to 904 primary schools, with 1252 teachers delivering the lessons. The initiative saw 56,419 boys and 46,441 girls enjoy the lessons covering core subjects such as Maths, History, Geography, English, Art, Irish and Healthy Eating.

Each participating school was entered into a competition to win prizes for their school. One school from each county was selected to win a specially commissioned SPAR FAI football kit.

Coláiste Eoin in Crumlin, Co Dublin was selected as the nationwide winner and will receive a virtual meet and greet with members of Stephen Kenny’s international team.

SPAR’s support of the SPAR FAI School Zone is an extension to the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme, which had to be cancelled this year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

“We’ve been supporting the FAI for more than six years now through our ground-breaking sponsorship of the SPAR Primary Schools 5s Programme,” said Sales Director Colin Donnelly.

“It’s been an exceptional year for teachers, parents and students and we are delighted to see that so many children throughout Ireland were able to take part and benefit from the lessons that the SPAR FAI School Zone provided.”

“The overall success of the programme has been a testament to the commitment of our community network of SPAR Retailers around the country, whose involvement with their own local schools continues to drive the participation and success of this great initiative. We very much look forward to working with the FAI next year to continue supporting these great grassroots programmes.”


The FAI is among more than 250+ members of the Sport for Business network of sporting and business organisations working together across a number of key areas.


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