Wednesday 26 April 2017

Community Games moving from Athlone IT after 'perceived change in relationship'

The Community Games is set to leave Athlone. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
The Community Games is set to leave Athlone. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

The board of Community Games has announced a change in the location of the National Festival for 2017 following correspondence with the current hosts, Athlone Institute of Technology.

The Board attributed the decision to a “perceived change in relationship from a partnership to a strictly commercial arrangement.”

In a statement, the President, Gerard Davenport said, “The decision was taken after a detailed assessment by the Board of the current arrangements and a need for certainty as to the location and viability of future Festivals.

“I would like to thank AIT and the people of Athlone for their help over the past six years. Community Games looks forward to an exciting future for our National Festival albeit at a new venue.”

The decision was unanimous, and a new venue will be announced “in the near future”.

Community Games was founded in 1967 to promote healthy living among children.

Some 8,000 children compete in the National Festival each year through sports, quizzes and arts including music and dance.

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