The Donegal Athletics Board in association with local athletic clubs will host its second annual Donegal Primary Schools Cross Country Finals in Lifford on Thursday, October 13.
Prior to this, seven regional events will take place across the county, with both individuals and teams qualifying through to the County Final in October.[adrotate group=”38″]
The inaugural County Finals Day last year was a resounding success, with over 400 pupils from 54 different schools taking part. Last year, six regional events were held and acted as qualifiers for the County Final, and this year, the Letterkenny area has been added as a stand alone venue for qualification.
With children starting back to school, these Cross Country events are an early season opportunity to get involved in the sport and to experience athletics. For many children, the Primary Schools Cross Country is their first introduction to athletics and it is important that each race is of a manageable size ensuring their first experience is both a positive and enjoyable one.
The event is structured to reward both individual and team performances, where every finishing place from first to last can count. Yet again, the Finals Day will be structured into Large, Medium and Small School Team awards, with County Medals for the first three teams and a Perpetual Team Trophy awarded across each age group, Under 9, 11 and 13 boys and girls.[adrotate group=”63″]
The County Board is indebted to the local clubs and their volunteers for hosting the different Regional Events and credit is due to all the schools and their teachers who continue to appreciate the value of sport and promote athletics throughout the year.
Further details and qualification criteria are on the Athletics Donegal Facebook page or email email@example.com for further information.
The Regional Qualifying Events are as follows:
15th September 2016 Lifford
16th September 2016 South Donegal
16th September 2016 Letterkenny
21st September 2016 Finn Valley
22nd September 2016 Inishowen
22nd September 2016 Rosses & Ghaoth Dobhair
27th September 2016 MilfordTags: