INSPORTS gives $5m to primary-school athletes

first_imgChampions Naggo Head Primary will launch the defence of their Institute of Sports (INSPORTS) National Primary Schools Athletics Championships crown at the National Stadium today, beginning at 8 a.m. The national sports agency, in keeping with its objective of unearthing and nurturing talent, is contributing a total of $5 million in sporting equipment, to be utilised among outstanding athletes who participate in this year’s staging of the meet, which continues everyday through to what is expected to be an exciting climax on Saturday. This contribution towards primary-school athletes who display exceptional talent is in keeping with the agency’s strategic direction, which includes nurturing the talents through extensive coaching programmes. This is in addition to the $500,000 worth of spikes that INSPORTS will be donating to the winning school. Also, one of the pivotal terms to access the contribution is for the athlete to continue being active in the athletics sporting discipline throughout his/her five-year tenure in high school. “The sporting equipment utilised among these athletes will be very instrumental in encouraging the development of the techniques associated with the sporting discipline, said Ian Andrews, administrative director, INSPORTS. POTENTIAL CHAMPIONS “Additionally, it will encourage these potential champions to participate in more training seminars, which will maximise their potential and contribute to the development of a nation through sports,” added Andrews. Over the years, the championships has served to unearth some of the nation’s top talent and some of the current high school stars, namely Jhevaughn Matherson and Christopher Taylor, the World Youth 400 metres record holder. This year; Naggo Head expects to win again, but the seven-time winners expect a tougher challenge to retain the four day championship which ends Saturday, and assistant coach, Oral Whilby, believes they have enough to finish atop the podium again. “We have some very competent schools rising like Rousseau, St Richards and the main culprits in Greater Portmore and Southborough. I expect them to give a good account of themselves and take critical points,” said Oral Whilby, Naggo Head Primary’s assistant coach. He added: “We are weak in Class One, but we are very good in the other classes, in the field and middle-distance areas. We should have enough to take us across the line.” Greater Portmore finished third in 2014 and second in 2015 and coach Krisneve Palmer is convinced that they have what it takes to topple the champions. “Our chances are great again, just like last year. We have worked on our weak areas and make our strong points even stronger. We are right where we want to be, so we are coming strong,” he said. Southborough, which placed third last year, along with fourth place Black River and New Providence, are expected to challenge strongly in the 92-team meet.last_img read more


first_imgMORE than 2,000 students in Co Donegal are getting their Leaving Cert results today.And the Letterkenny Youth Information Centre will be providing a Leaving Cert results phone helpline for them.Staff at the centre will be available today from 10am-6pm and daily for young people and parents to bring along any queries that may arise following students receiving their results. The Youth Information Centre will be able to give young people details on how to calculate points, how to go about having papers re-checked, how to go about accepting an offer from your college, or how to access other training courses.The Youth Information Centre has a booklet available called “Flying the Coop”, which has advice and useful contacts and information for those who will shortly be leaving home for the first time.Youth Information Coordinator, Gareth Gibson, says the important thing is to take time to decide what you want to do.“If you don’t get the results you want it is not the end of the world. You could repeat, take on a Post Leaving Certificate course, take on an apprenticeship, or find a career path through a state training agency. We have information available on all these options so feel free to come in and have a talk to one of the staff or phone us in the centre.” The Youth Information Centre will also be holding a series of seminars in the week beginning August 26th in the Youth Information Centre Letterkeny, Planet Youth Ballybofey, Buncrana Youth Drop In and the Yard Falcarragh for young people and parents of those who will be leaving home for the first time, with advice on managing finances, how to make the most of college and how to stay safe. For further details on these seminars contact the YIC on 074 91 29640The phone number to call for the Leaving Cert results helpline is 07491-29640. The Youth Information Centre is located at 16-18 Port Road, you can even email your query to or not? Send your Leaving Cert pix to 2,000 DONEGAL STUDENTS GET LEAVING CERT RESULTS – HELPLINE SET UP was last modified: August 14th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal daily newsLeaving certResultslast_img read more