Save the Date: Foróige 5k

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Save the Date: The Foróige 5k in association with the National Sports Campus takes place on May 24th!

The Coca-Cola HBC Foróige 5k – which will raise vital funds for young people – was officially launched at the National Sports Campus today and runners, joggers and walkers of all levels are being urged to save the date.

The run, which will take place on Sunday May 24th 2015, was officially launched by Health Minister, Leo Varadkar TD (Dublin West). Foróige, the national youth development organisation who manage and provide youth projects and services in Dublin 15, is coordinating the run and is partnering with local business in the form of Coca-Cola HBC which employs 300 people at their premises in Ballycoolin, and the National Sports Campus, to deliver the event.

Facilitated by the National Sports Campus and sponsored by Coca-Cola HBC Ireland – Ireland’s largest soft drinks, juice and water manufacturer – the 5k event will take place on May 24th 2015 at 10am, on the grounds of the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.

The route will offer participants a view of the National Sports Campus and its excellent sports facilities.

Details regarding registration will be available on Run Ireland’s website www.runireland.com.
Open to male and female runners, joggers and walkers, the run will be chip timed. In conjunction with the 5k, there will be a family fun day element to the event, with a short run for young people down the “Yellow Brick Road”, followed by lots of fun activities such as penalty shoot outs and face painting.

Leo Varadkar stated “It’s great that local Foróige members are taking part in the Foróige 5k at the National Sports Campus in Blanchardstown. Foróige should be commended for this initiative and I know that some of them have been training very hard for the race as well. I’m also delighted to see the Campus working with the local community to organise an event like this. It goes to show that the Campus is a local amenity as well as a national asset.”

Niamh Quinn, Acting Manager for Foróige in Blanchardstown said “It would be impossible to host this 5k event to such a high standard without the very kind sponsorship from Coca Cola HBC Ireland – a local employer in the Blanchardstown area – and the generous support of the National Sports Campus who are hosting it. All money raised will go towards providing good quality educational programmes to young people aged 10-18 years old across Dublin 15”.

A special early bird registration rate of €15 is available until Tuesday 31st March.  Normal registration is €20. Goodie bags will be given out to participants and cash prizes are available for top runners, courtesy of Coca Cola HBC Ireland!

For more information, please contact Bernie Moloney on 086 7712847 or email bernie.moloney@foroige.ie

Foróige Blanchardstown Youth Service

Since 1982, Blanchardstown Youth Service is provided and managed by Foróige in partnership with Dublin & Dun Laoighaire Training and Education Board.  Supported by 300 dedicated volunteers in Dublin 15, over 2,000 young people access the Blanchardstown Youth Service and the associated 21 clubs, 19 projects and non formal educational programmes.

Providing Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Citizenship, Technology and Mentorship programmes as well as more targeted initiatives such as Teenage Health and Well Being, Drugs Awareness and Prevention, Early School Leavers and Garda Youth Diversion Projects, Foróige facilitates young people in developing rewarding futures for themselves and their communities.

Foróige
Foróige is the leading and largest youth organisation in Ireland. The charity works with 56,000 young people and 5,500 adult volunteers annually, through a network of more than 600 youth clubs & cafés, 150 targeted projects and national programmes such as Citizenship, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

National Sports Campus
The Authority is responsible for the development and operations of the National Sports Campus. National Aquatic Centre is a key resource within the National Sports Campus at Blanchardstown. It has also refurbished buildings on the Campus to accommodate the Headquarters of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS), and the Irish Sport HQ which accommodates the administrative headquarters of 19 National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Sport in Ireland.
The NSCDA has also allocated substantial sites for the development in partnership with major field sports of Gaelic Games, Soccer, Rugby and Hockey.
In addition the National Horse Sport Arena was officially opened in October 2013.  The NSCDA have also put in place High Performance training facilities for athletes in a variety of sporting disciplines including Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon, Fencing,  Pistol-Shooting, Gymnastics and Diving.

The NSCDA has also completed the development of Multi-Sport All-weather Pitches and a Pavilion which are open to the Public for hire.
The Government has also recently announced capital funding for the development of a National Indoor Arena, the construction of which will get underway in at the start of 2015.