Wednesday 13 November 2019

Find out how your local primary school could win €50,000 towards sports facilities

Imagine what your child’s primary school could do if it was handed a cheque for €50,000 to develop its playing facilities.

That may sound like a pipe dream but a new competition from Aldi is giving two Irish primary schools a chance to each win a whopping €50,000 to spend on sporting facilities. Parents, friends and families are being encouraged to get involved and get behind their local primary school to help them win this amazing prize.

This new competition is part of the Aldi Play Rugby initiative, which has been developed by the IRFU and supported by Aldi to encourage children across Ireland to embrace a more active lifestyle through non-contact tag rugby. Over 100,000 kids across the island are already taking part in the programme, which allows young children to have fun and get active with their friends.

Tight budgets and a lack of funding mean that many schools can struggle to update their existing sporting infrastructure or to deliver new facilities for their students. That can limit the pupils’ options when it comes to playing sport.

Developing good habits starts at an early age so the best time to encourage your child to get involved in sport and fitness is when they’re in primary school. The National Physical Activity Plan recommends that children aged between two and 18 should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day.

Physical activity can promote wellbeing, prevent disease, improve quality of life and have benefits for your physical and mental health. That’s a pretty good trade-off for just an hour of your kid’s day.

It’s up to parents to encourage their kids to get active but it helps if this message is reinforced at school. Having quality sports facilities at their primary school can only increase their chances of enjoying some health-boosting activities during school hours.

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What can you win?

As Official Supermarket of the IRFU, Aldi have launched this competition to give primary schools the chance to develop the sort of sporting facilities that their students deserve.

In addition to the two main prizes of €50,000, Aldi are giving a €2,500 voucher for sports and training equipment to one primary school in each province. Your local school could also win a training session with Ireland and Munster legend, Paul O’Connell, as well as a set of new jerseys and an Aldi Play Rugby kit.

And no school that enters will walk away empty-handed. An Aldi Play Rugby Kit bag, 4 rugby balls and a set of Aldi Play Rugby water bottles will be sent out to every primary school that enters the competition.

How to enter

Every Aldi Play Rugby primary school will be automatically sent a poster pack but non-Aldi Play Rugby schools can get involved by ordering a pack on the Aldi Play Rugby website. Schools can enter the competition by filling the poster with Official Irish Rugby stickers, answering a simple question and sending back the completed poster and entry form.

Official Irish Rugby stickers will be given out to shoppers every time they spend €30 in Aldi stores throughout Ireland. Parents can get involved by sending the stickers into the school until the poster is filled with 300 stickers.

Every weekly shop could get your local school a step closer to an opportunity to upgrade its sporting facilities. That’s a great cause but mums and dads can also pick up some great products at unbeatable prices when they shop at Aldi so it really is a win-win scenario.

So get collecting and make sure that your local school doesn’t miss out on the chance to win.

The competition will run from January 28 to April 7 so don’t miss out. For full entry details and to order a poster for your primary school, visit the Aldi Play Rugby website.

Sponsored by: Aldi

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