About the Community Games
The Community Games was founded in 1967 to provide young people with the means and the opportunity to utilise their leisure time in a healthy and productive manner.
The Organisation is child-centered and the focus is on participation rather than winning. Children compete in friendly rivalry, in a fun and healthy way.
To qualify for the National Festivals individual competitors must first compete at an area, then at County and sometimes at Provincial level. 7,000 children compete in the National Festivals every year.
The Community Games is an independent voluntary organisation, operating in local communities throughout Ireland. The organisation aims to provide opportunities for children and young people aged 6-16 years to develop active healthy lives in a safe environment through experiencing a wide range of sporting and cultural activities. Community spirit and co-operation is fostered and encouraged. The organisation believes that every young person should have the opportunity to take part in sports and art in their local community and grow up understanding how good it makes you feel when you are active and healthy.
The organisation caters for children aged 6-16 years throughout Ireland. It is not entirely sports based, there is a culture and arts section so children get an opportunity to experience a wide range of activities.
The activities are divided into two categories - individual and team. Individual events include Art, Model Making, Cycling, Gymnastics, Swimming, Judo, Athletics track and field events- specifically Shot Putt, Discus, Javelin, Hurdles, Ball Throw, Long Jump and Cycling.
Team events include Badminton, Basketball, Camogie, Chess, Choir, Draughts, Debating, Futsal, Gaelic Football, Handball, Hurling, Rounders, Rugby, Tag Rugby, Soccer (Indoor & Outdoor), Spikeball, Table Tennis, Table Quiz, Pitch & Putt, Variety and of course all the Talent Events!
The Community Games has 160,000 children and approximately 20,000 volunteers in about 575 areas throughout 28 counties.
The aim of The Community Games is to encourage and introduce a love of sport and culture.