Two Killybegs national schools were the big winners at the Kelly’s Toyota Soccer Schools Cup Final held last Thursday at the Finn Valley Centre in Stranorlar.
The competition is part of the Finn Harps FC Schools Programme.
Not only was the weather fantastic but the parents and schools came out to show their support for the children who qualified and played in the 3rd and 4th class finals.
The boys section was won by Fintra National School, Killybegs while Niall Mor NS won the girls section.
Speaking on behalf of the Fintra National School, Emma Campbell, Principal said the school has been proud of its sporting achievements over the past number of years and was named ‘Best Primary School’ at the Donegal Sports Star Awards 2013.
“We are proud of our children, who have trained hard to hold on to the title,” Ms. Campbell said.
“Sport plays a very important part of school life here at Fintra N.S. The teachers have come to realise how the potential of the children can be fulfilled through their involvement in the various sporting classes run here in the school.
Niall Mór National school, Killybegs were the proud winners of the Girls Section.
School principal Margaret McHugh explained that Niall Mór NS had applied this year for the Active School Programme.
“This involved improvements in fifteen different areas of physical education within the school,” she explained.
“From feedback received in a questionnaire completed by the pupils, participation in soccer was one of the areas they said they would like to see developed.
“Based on this, we applied to be included in the Finn harps Schools Programme.
“John Campbell informed us that we were successful in our application and the school received 6 weeks of soccer coaching in the first term.
“As part of this, our 3rd and 4th year classes participated in the southern boys & girl school blitz.”
The girls were winners in the southern area and advanced to the county final. Last Thursday, they travelled to the Finn Valley Centre to take part in the county finals, where they emerged as county winners having won all their games.
Speaking on behalf of the Finn Harps schools Programme, John Campbell congratulated all the teams who took part in the tournament and the 48 schools which participated.