Primary Schools Sports Series

Sports development are committed to providing sporting opportunities throughout the borough. The annual primary schools programme is one example of this whereby it not only increases participation but also gives pupils an opportunity to represent their school across a range of sporting activities. This year our primary schools sports series events are supported by the EveryBody Active 2020 programme along with key sporting partners and are also free of charge to schools.

Sportshall Athletics

Friday 8th of February 2019 – Ards Blair Mayne Wellbeing and Leisure Complex, 9.30am to 2pm

Athleics NI logoDelivered in partnership with Athletics NI, The emphasis within Sports Hall Athletics is on fun and giving ones best for the good of the team. ‘Sportshall Athletics’ takes sport into the exciting playtime world of the child by providing colourful and safe equipment specially designed to fit their needs. It is an enjoyable introduction on the pathway into Athletics. The day will comprise of a number of disciplines including Obstacle Relay, Team Relay, Standing Long Jump, Speed Bounce and many more.    

School teams should consist of a maximum of 10 pupils,5 girls and 5 boys from P7 (if your school has insufficient numbers to make up a team, pupils from P6 may be included).

Hockey Blitz

Friday 1st of March 2019 – Londonderry Park, Ards, Ulster Hockey Logo9.30am to 12 noon

Due to request from Schools our primary school’s hockey blitz is reintroduced in 2019. The blitz is delivered in partnership with Ulster Hockey. The event will be focused on fun and participation and will be delivered in a Blitz format between schools.

Each school must enter a mixed team of girls and boys from P7 (if your school has insufficient numbers to make up a team, pupils from P6 may be included). Each team consists of a maximum of 12 players with 6 on field players and a maximum of 6 subs. Each school should aim to have a minimum of 4 boys in each team as a minimum of 2 boys MUST be on the pitch at any given time.

Tag Rugby Blitz

Wednesday 13th of March 2019 – Londonderry Park, Ards, 9.30am to 12.30pm

Ulstr Rugby LogoThis event is delivered in partnership with Ulster Rugby, it is a fun and non-contact version of Rugby, the aim is to increase participation, especially female participation in Rugby. The event will be delivered in a blitz format between schools, the event is always well attended and we hope to see your school taking part in this fun event this year.

 Each school must enter a mixed team of boys and girls from P7 (if your school has insufficient numbers to make up a team, pupils from P6 may be included). Each team consists of 16 players with 8 on field players and a maximum of 8 subs. Each school should aim to have a minimum of 4 girls in each team as a minimum of 2 girls MUST be on the pitch at any given time.

Cross Country Challenge

Wednesday 3rd April 2019Londonderry Park, Ards, 9.30am-12 noon

The Schools Cross Country Challenge has been reinvented this year. Relocated to Londonderry Park, it would be great to see as many schools within the  Borough participating in this year’s event. The new course will consist of both off road running on soft ground and park paths.

The event will run from 9.30am to 12 noon, each school is limited to 1 boys team (8 participants) and 1 girls team (8 participants), with both teams consisting of Year 7 Pupils (if your school has insufficient numbers to make up a team, pupils from P6 may be included).