School Sports - Castaheany ETNS 2016/2017

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Here at Castaheany we like to stay as active and healthy as possible.

With that in mind, to support our delivery of the Physical Education National Curriculum we are very lucky to be able to call upon a number of outside sporting specialists each year to help us strive to be the best and fittest that we can be!
On a Monday we run an after-schools club for our 3rd-6th classes. See our After Schools Sports Club page for more details!

In no particular order, the following bodies/coaches are regular and very welcome sporting visitors to our school;

Leinster Rugby
Our province's rugby body have been sending some of their most skilled coaches each year to deliver their tag- rugby programme to our 5th - 6th Classes. This invaluable introduction to the game of rugby focuses on key handling, passing and movement skills through a series of drills and games which are high on action and high on fun!

FAI (Football Association of Ireland):
We like our football! We have a long-standing relationship with the Dublin 15 branch of our national soccer association. Each year. the Football in the Community Development Officer sends us down a group of highly-trained coaches to run a block of soccer sessions geared towards all class levels (most years*).Whilst all basic skills are honed, the main emphasis is very much on enjoyment.
In addition, as part of our ongoing relationship with soccer in the local area, and very much in keeping with the school ethos, our 4th class boys and girls are now regular participants in the one-day Autumn blitz in Corduff Sports Centre, otherwise known as the Dublin 15, Respect Cup.

Cricket Leinster:
The older we get as a school, the stronger, it seems, our ties become with cricket. Each Summer term, our 4th - 6th classes are the lucky beneficiaries of a block of 'Kwik Cricket' ** sessions coordinated by Reinhardt Strydom (the Fingal Cricket Development Officer affiliated to Cricket Leinster).Reinhardt either takes the sessions himself or sends an equally qualified coach down to run these fun-filled sessions These blocks of sessions are usually followed later in the Summer term by Dublin 15 cricket blitzes at each class level.
** ‘Kwik’ Cricket is a practical way for youngsters to be introduced to the game of cricket during their primary school years. It provides all the necessary fun and enjoyment that youngsters of this age need, combined with some very basic technical information which helps to develop their natural skills. Games can be played on any type of surface, both indoors and outdoors, with complete safety. What we really like about kwik cricket here in Castaheany E.T. is that no special protective equipment is required and any number of children can play .

Coolmine Sports Centre:
This nearby sports facility has been running our Swim Instruction programme for a number of years. Each Summer, our 1st and 2nd Classes undertake a block of expertly-tutored sessions which include several sections, with children divided by ability (beginners, improvers, and advanced). Armbands are compulsory for all beginners, allowing the basic skills to develop while maintaining a safe environment.

Not only do all of these sporting bodies & coaches support us through the school year, but they regularly provide invaluable assistance to us during our annual Sports Day. We'd like to offer our sincerest thanks to each and every one of them for their continued support and look forward to a bright sporting future together.

A special mention must also go to those sporting volunteers/groups who contribute to our sporting growth as a school on a less regular basis. They include Fingal County Council's Sports Conditioning Officers, Clonee Utd F.C., Santos 15 F.C.,Westmanstown RFC, Westmanstown Gaels and Erin go Bráth GAA clubs, and local Irish Dance instructor, Veronica from the Veronica Thomas School of Irish Dancing. (Our apologies if we've unintentionally forgotten anyone)

Please feel free to send us in any sporting articles that involve any present or past pupils & we'll try our best to post them on our site.

Yours in sport!

C.E.T.N.S. Sports Department

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