A community initiative was developed and coordinated through the Estate Management section of Offaly County Council in partnership with Offaly Sports Partnership and the Oaklee Approved housing body to provide an opportunity for all children from 6 to 12 years of age to participate in four two hour sessions of “Games on the Green” in July 2021.
Offaly Sports Partnership arranged the availability of tutors to run a variety of games, including soccer, dodge ball, badminton, tug of war, parachute, volley ball and rounders to encourage the children to come together to participate in a variety of team sports and fun games.
Over the four sessions a total of 38 children attended the games and included children from the two estates of Church View and Church Hill. There was a great mix of age ranges from 6 to 14 years and a good balance of boys and girls. A number of parents came out over the four days to encourage the children in the games.
The children participated well and enjoyed the fun and challenges in all the activities. They were presented with a certificate of participation by the Cathaoirlach of the Tullamore MD, Cllr. Tony Mc Cormac on the last day. The games were a great success over all and allowed for the children of the two estates to get to know other children living within their local community.