Community Games members are shocked following the announcement that the National finals will no longer take place in Athlone.
The President, Gerry Davenport, made a statement on Monday confirming that the Games would be seeking a new venue for 2017.
The organisation moved from Mosney to Athlone six years ago and the new venue at the Athlone IT provided state of the art sporting and accomodation facilities. A state of unrest began to creep into the arrangement recently between the AIT management and Community Games and arrangements have already been made earlier this year to hold a number of Finals at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown Dublin.
The events will include crosscountry, swimming, gymnastics, table tennis, chess/draughts, soccer, rugby and basketball. The finals will be held on the 6th May.
The National Committee will be meeting with a number of organisations to find a new home for the Games which will be their fourth. The Community Games was founded by the late Joe Connelly in 1967 and their first home was Santry, Dublin.
This great sporting organisation has involved so many young people and volunteers throughout Donegal and the whole of Ireland so let's hope that a new venue is secured shortly.
The annual Area and Volunteer awards were announced recently. Each year the areas select one member who has played a major part in organising their Games down the years.
The Donegal Adult Volunteer Award goes to Mary O'Donnell, Milford. Mary was a former Co. Secretary. The Youth Volunteer Award winner is Aleesha Herron, Fanad.
The best Area Award goes to Letterkenny for being involved in the most events and for the number of competitors involved. The Small Area Award winner is Ramelton. This award goes to an area despite having a small population strives to have as many children as possible involved in the different sports.
The County PRO will also be entering the Media Awards competition. The Donegal PRO and the Donegal Democrat received the overall Media award last year for the fantastic coverage the Games received.
The National Awards function will take place in Salthill, Galway on the 26th November and areas requiring tickets should contact the Secretary. A draw for a new car and other great prizes will also take place at the function; tickets are available from committee members.
The County AGM will take place in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on the 9th November at 8pm. Eighteen areas were involved last year and new areas would be most welcome. Remember it is free to join the first year and you must take part in at least four events to qualify. For information on the games contact the Secretary 086 2244243.