ROI Footballers Jack Byrne And Amber Barrett Launch Spar FAI Primary School 5s

By Donna Ahern
ROI Footballers Jack Byrne And Amber Barrett Launch Spar FAI Primary School 5s

Republic of Ireland International footballers and new programme ambassadors Jack Byrne and Amber Barrett recently launched the Spar FAI Primary School 5s Programme for 2020.

The five-a-side football programme has grown year-on-year and more than 38,000 primary school students expected to compete for Spar 5s title with national finals to take place in the Aviva Stadium.

Open to boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th class, the emphasis is firmly placed on fun, inclusivity and fostering a passion for physical activity.

“We are very proud to support the Spar FAI Primary School 5s Programme which has grown significantly over the past five years," said Colin Donnelly, sales director Spar.

"As one of the most successful grassroots sports programmes for children, the sponsorship very much fits with Spar’s focus on community retailing. Spar retailers look forward to working with local schools in communities across the country to further grow the programme in 2020.”


Record Numbers 

Spar, in its 6th year as supporters of the programme are looking to surpass 2019 participation figures, which saw a record 1,696 schools and 37,448 children take to pitches around the country.

“The competition is growing at an exponential rate with the standard of football improving each year especially in the female category," added Robert Moran, Chairman FAI Schools.

"We are excited about the new season and our partnership with SPAR, who have invested significantly in the SPAR5s over the last six years. 2020 should prove to be another thrilling contest for all the participating schools nationwide”.

For details of the registration for the programme, which will close on February 14th, click here.


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