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REACH RCSI Sports Day encourages sports participation in local Dublin schools

28 March 2012

Over 100 boys and girls from St. Enda's Primary School, Whitefriar Street, Dublin and Presentation College, Warrenmount, Dublin took part in the Annual REACH RCSI Sports Day which took place on Wednesday, 28th March 2012. The event, hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), enables school children aged 7 to 10 years of age, to develop and brush up on their sports skills.

Sports Day
Pictured (l-r) Raluca Buda, age 9, Avnie Kali Tyagi, age 7 and Michid Byambajav, age 9

The annual REACH RCSI Sports Day aims to raise awareness and promote life-long recreation and community health.  More than 60 RCSI students and staff volunteered to help run the event at RCSI's sports grounds in Dardistown, Swords. The action packed day of events included GAA drills led by the RCSI Ladies GAA team, 5-a-side soccer, an obstacle course and a range of traditional sports day games such as sack races and egg and spoon races.

Sports Day
Pictured (clockwise from back left) Hasan Albanni, 2nd Year RCSI Medical Student, Conn Healy, age 9, Aoibheann Yataki, 3rd Year RCSI Pharmacy Student, Jerry Weng age 7 and Aimee Cloake age 9

Dr. Terry McWade, Deputy CEO of RCSI and Chairman of the REACH RCSI programme said "The REACH RCSI Sports Day is a fantastic opportunity for the school children to develop their sports skills in a fun environment, which is a valuable way to encourage lifelong health and well-being. Spending a day with RCSI volunteers including those who coach and participate in established RCSI sports teams can only encourage young people in our community to develop a greater interest in sport and health, which is one of the main objectives of the REACH programme."

Sports Day
Pictured (l-r) is RCSI student volunteer Abdulrahman Alroomi, 2nd Year RCSI Medical Student with Adam McGrath, age 10, and David Tierney, age 7

REACH RCSI is a recreational, education and community health outreach programme at RCSI. The programme is aimed at encouraging and facilitating third level participation and enhancing life chances for those traditionally underrepresented at third level, particularly those from the South Inner City.


Sports Day
Pictured participating in the sack race is Junaid Mohammod Abdi, age 9


Sports Day
Pictured (l-r, back row) Kiera O Rourke, RCSI staff volunteer, Luke Alexander Flynn, age 10, Peter Kellaghan, RCSI staff volunteer, Dee O Donnell, RCSI staff volunteer, Sarah McDonagh, RCSI staff volunteer, (front row) Lauren Wilson, age 9, Tadhg Rubio Owens, age 10 and Taylor Carey, age 9