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Aldi Ireland has recently revealed the start dates of the 52nd Community Games National Festivals.

The festivals which will be sponsored by the retailer this year will take place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th May at the University of Limerick.

Since its inception, over five million children have participated in the games to date.

Sport Stars

A host of familiar sporting stars attended this years festival launch such as Limerick hurlers Tom Morrissey and Sean Finn, hurdle athlete Sarah Lavin and former Muster rugby player Ronan O’Mahony.

Speaking at the launch, Morrissey said: ‘My memories of Community Games are nothing but happy ones.”

“I remember trying such a range of different sports throughout my years involved including running, hurling, gaelic football and soccer.”

“Being involved in those teams really meant a lot to me as you made great friends and memories with the other kids in the local area,” he said.

According to a statement, the Aldi community games aims to encourage and introduce young people to a love of sport and culture, focusing on participation rather than winning.

200 events

More than 175,000 children across 600 communities are taking part or have already taken part in over 200 scheduled regional events supported by 20,000 volunteers, it revealed.

The company stated that the event will bring together the regional champions in friendly competition across a wide range of sporting and cultural activities, individual and team sports.

There will be 300 volunteers each day helping children each day overseeing activities including swimming, rugby, badminton, Gaelic football, hurling, skittles, debating, draughts, cross-country, gymnastics and more, according to the statement.

Community Games

Over the past 52 years more than five million children have participated in Community Games, including many of Ireland’s celebrities, sporting heroes and world-famous actors.

“We set out two years ago to give more and more children and communities the opportunity to participate in Community Games, introducing them to the excitement of sport and laying the early seeds for a healthy lifestyle.” said John Curtin, group buying director of Aldi Ireland.

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