The Downs Community Games are holding an OPEN DAY on Saturday 21st November 2015 in the GAA Clubhouse from 2pm to 4pm. Come along to find out what activities are planned for the season ahead. Contact Ollie at 086 6782799 with any queries.
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Brief report from 2014 AGM:
We kicked off with a round up of last year events and achievements - thanks to all trainers for their hard work on this.
Committee Formed for 2015:
Chairperson - Paddy Monaghan 087
Joint PRO - Alma Murray / Caroline Mullen
Secretary - Oliver Cassily
Treasurer: Lorcan Sleator
Games Director: Ciaran
Youth Director: Mairin
Open Day - 8th Nov (4pm - 6pm)
Winter Schedule Events - Not out yet, but based on last year we had sheets out on our Open Day for these events: Table Quiz, Art & Modelling, Swimming, Badminton, Chess / Draughts, Tag Rugby, Rounders, Football, Soccer, Basketball
Boys U15 Badminton County Champions
Boys U12 soccer team who played brilliantly in the County Final last night (April 29th) but lost out after extra time and penalties to Ballymore.
Boys U12 Chess County Champions 2014
Team members: left to right: Nathan, Keelan, Daniel, Lorcan, Hugo, Gemma & Katie
Deirdre Corroon works her magic again as they were the U10 County Champions last year too !!
Community Games is an independent voluntary organisation, operating in local communities throughout Ireland. It aims to provide opportunities for children and young people to develop in a healthy and safe environment through experiencing a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. It encourages and fosters community spirit and co-operation. Many of our great sportspeople first experienced success in Community Games and others developed a life-long interest in physical activities due to their participation in Community Games.
Every child is encouraged to participate in the many activities and every adult is very welcome to get involved in coaching and helping the various coaches. It's a great way of having fun, making friends and being active in your community.
The Downs Community Games was established in the early 70's by probably our greatest ever community person, the late Christy Whelehan. It has flourished ever since thanks to the dedication and hard work of many great people over the years.
It caters for children from the Downs, Knockaville, Heathstown, Curraghmore, Baltrasna, Marlinstown and the housing estates of Gleann Petit, Richdale Court and Ardmore Hills of Mullingar. There are winter and summer activities or competitions running from November till May. At present we participate in the following competitions at county level: athletics, swimming, Gaelic football, soccer, basketball, cycling, gymnastics, draughts, chess, art and model-making. We could offer the following activities if more parents got involved: rounders, hurling and camogie, mini rugby and tag rugby, Olympic handball, cross-country running, table tennis, quiz and various talent competitions.
The Downs Community Games is very grateful for the support it receives from the staff of the Downs and Curraghmore schools - help with fundraising, distributing leaflets, giving out information, the use of classrooms etc. It is also very grateful to the Downs GAA officers, committee and members for allowing us free use of their great facilities.