GOAL’s Schools Sports Challenge

GOAL Schools Sports Challenge

Ava McCaul age 5 and Reuben Neil age 5, with Leinster and Irish rugby star, Ian Madigan, and Irish soccer international, Stephanie Roche, Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

GOAL’s Schools Sports Challenge invites Dublin’s schools to raise funds for charity with a race or penalty shoot-out. Pupils of all ages, from junior infants to Leaving Certificate level are encouraged to compete against each other – and even against their teachers!

Founded in 1977, GOAL is a non-governmental organisation which works in 14 countries to aid the plight of the poorest people across the globe.

Irish rugby international Ian Madigan and Irish soccer international Stephanie Roche helped to launch the campaign, which also aims to encourage fitness in children and teenagers. As GOAL CEO, Barry Andrews said: “GOAL has always used sport as a means to help educate children about poverty. We are encouraging schools from all over the country to get involved again this year, sign up and help us tell young people about some of the big issues taking place in the poorest parts of the world.”

Schools can sign up any time between now and the end of term, by sending an email to schools@goal.ie. For more information, call Alan Vard on 01 280 9779, or visit GOAL’s website.

By Aimée Mac Leod