Kilkenny schools can win €50,000 sports facility grant: rugby legend Paul O’Connell
FORMER Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell has urged every primary school in Kilkenny to take part in a new competition to win one of two sports facility grants worth €50,000.
The initiative – part of Aldi’s Play Rugby programme – is open to all primary schools in Kilkenny and across the country.
Speaking at the launch, Irish legend O’Connell, who is Aldi’s Play Rugby Ambassador, said: “I know from experience what a difference good quality coaching, equipment and facilities can make, especially in the early years of developing as a player. Aldi Play Rugby is already making a real impact with young kids, having helped over 100,000 boys and girls to lead a more active and healthier lifestyle through rugby, up from 68,000 children taking part just three years ago.
“Now, Aldi Play Rugby is moving up a gear and this competition creates a world of opportunity for two lucky primary schools to each win a €50,000 upgrade to their sports and playing facilities. I’d encourage every Irish primary school pupil to get involved, and for Aldi shoppers including in county Kilkenny to get behind their local schools and help them reach that 300-sticker goal.”
Aldi Ireland Group Buying Director John Curtin added: “Any school teacher or principal will tell you how challenging it is to fundraise for new school facilities and equipment. With Aldi Play Rugby, we want to help two primary schools improve their sports facilities, giving pupils the opportunity to fulfil their potential through play.
“This is a terrific competition prize, and it comes at an exceptional time for Irish rugby with the Irish team having inspired players and supporters of all ages and abilities. The competition is easy to enter and works by primary schools collecting 300 of Aldi’s exclusive Irish rugby men’s and women’s stickers for their school.”
Two primary schools will win the €50,000 sports facility upgrades, but there are a host of extra prizes on offer. Four primary schools (one per province) will win €2,500 worth of training equipment, while each primary school that completes a poster will receive a complimentary set of IRFU water bottles, four Aldi rugby balls and a new Aldi Play Rugby kit bag. One lucky primary school will also win an exclusive training session with Paul O’Connell and a full set of new school rugby jerseys.
The stickers are available in all of Aldi’s local stores. Shoppers collect one sticker for every €30 they spend in store between January 28 and April 7.
Participating primary schools add the stickers to a large Aldi Play Rugby Poster and for every 300 stickers collected, all they have to do is answer an Irish rugby trivia question and are then in with a chance of winning the top prize of €50,000 for the school’s playing facilities.
*To find out more, visit: www.aldi.ie/playrugby