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Schools Tug of War

Thursday 01 June 2017

400 children take part in inaugural Cork Primary School Tug of War Blitz

On Tuesday last, 400 Cork primary school children from 3rd and 4th class took part in the inaugural Primary School Tug of War blitz with Cork Sports Partnership and the Irish Tug of War Association.

The non-competitive blitz was the focal point of an Active Schools Project between Cork Sports Partnership and Irish Tug of War Association over the past few months. The programme, which included a workshop and resource pack for each school was delivered by Irish Tug of War coach Anthony Collins. Anthony visited 16 schools from Cork City and County, introducing the sport to 872 children during the programme.

The programme culminated in the inaugural Cork Primary School Tug of War blitz in Neptune stadium on Tuesday 30th May with 78 teams from 12 Cork schools taking part across 2 sessions. Speaking at the blitz, Maurice O Sullivan, Development & Marketing Officer with Cork Sports Partnership said “We are delighted to support the Irish Tug of War Association to develop Tug of War here in Cork. He added “The interest from schools in the first programme and blitz far exceeded our expectations and we hope to make this programme and blitz a permanent fixture in the school sports calendar going forward”.  

16 schools took part in the programme including; Ballygiblin NS, Barryroe NS, Beaumont BNS, Charleville CBS, Clondrohid NS, Dromleigh NS, Dunderrow NS, Firmount NS, Midleton Educate Together NS, North Presentation Primary, Scoil Bernadette Montenotte, Scoil Iosagain Farranree, Scoil Iosagain Aghada, St. Josephs GNS Clonakilty, St. Lachteens NS,  and Walterstown NS.

Martin Hogan, Secretary of the Irish Tug of War Association outlined how the blitz was coordinated, “Teams were divided into 4 coloured zones with 2 groups of five in each zone. The blitz was run as a round robin competition with each team playing 4 “best of 3 ends” matches throughout the day”.

Martin added “There were all girls’ teams and all boys’ teams, but most teams taking part were mixed teams of both boys and girls. The teams all competed together and some great work had been done in advance by the teachers, with no obvious advantage for teams whether they were mixed, boys or girls, 3rd class or 4th, showing the true value of teamwork to win out. This was our largest primary school tug of war event held to date so we are delighted with the outcome”.

Schools interested in taking part in future phases of the programme in Cork should fill out the short form available (index.cfm/page/cork-primary-schools-tug-of-war-programme) to register their interest in the programme as waiting lists may apply.




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