The SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme is back for 2018.


SPAR’s is once again supporting the competition which has been in place since 2015. Each year, we’ve seen the number of children participating grow and grow, meaning this is now the largest primary school’s competition in the country.

The programme has been in existence since the mid 1990’s and in 2017 had 28,576 participants from 1,495 schools. The competition is run across six divisions, ensuring that schools of all sizes are catered for.

The five-a-side school blitzes are open to boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th class, and puts emphasis on fun and inclusivity.


Check out these great videos from the 2017 finals here:

Registration for the programme will close on February 9th, and county blitzes will kick off at the end of February. Winning schools progress from county level to regional then provincial finals, with the lucky few making it all the way to the National Finals, which will be held on the hallowed turf of Aviva Stadium on May 30th.


To sign up for this year’s competition, visit


Closing date for registration is February 9th.


Schedule of Events:

Ulster Finals: May 2, 2018, Cootehill Harps FC, Co. Cavan
Connacht Finals: May 3, 2018, Solar 21 Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Munster Finals: May 9, 2018, Mounthawk Park, Tralee, Co. Kerry
Leinster Finals: May 10, 2018, MDL Grounds, Trim Road, Navan, Co. Meath
National Finals: May 30, 2018, Aviva Stadium, Dublin




SPAR FAI Primary School 5s programme roundup for 2017


The SPAR FAI Primary School 5s programme for 2017 came to a pulsating conclusion in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin last month (May 31).


A record year for the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme as it proved even more popular than ever with 28,500 children from 1,495 schools taking part in county, regional and provincial blitz days nationwide. This resulted in a phenomenal increase of 16% in participation figures in the last twelve months and over a staggering 60% increase in female participation.





A major highlight for the young players was the appearance of our SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme ambassador and former Republic of Ireland International Keith Andrews, who was on hand to present the prizes to all 192 players representing the 24 schools ensuring everyone was a winner on the day.




There was some special support for Granagh NS as Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State for Tourism & Sport was on hand to cheer them on from the side-line as was Helen McEntee TD, Minister for Mental Health & Older People as she showed her interest in local outfit St. Patrick’s NS, Castletown who were in the same competing section.

The schools were divided into provincial representatives from small, medium and large schools divisions which culminated in 12 Counties being represented on the day.




SPAR ‘A’ Boys Cup:

Winner: Granagh NS, Kilmallock, Limerick

Runner Up: Scoil Chiaráin Naofa, Doorus, Galway

Third: Scoil Bhríde, Mullaghrafferty, Monaghan

Fourth: St. Patrick’s NS, Castletown KP, Meath

Player of the Tournament: Pádraig Murphy (Granagh NS)




SPAR ‘A’ Girls Cup:

Winner: Drimina NS, Tubbercurry, Sligo

Runner Up: Boyerstown NS, Mullaghmore, Meath

Third: Little Flower NS, Ballytarsna, Cashel, Tipperary

Fourth: Scoil Mhuire, Caiseal, Fánaid, Donegal

Player of the Tournament: Ciara Brennan (Drimina NS)

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SPAR ‘B’ Boys Cup:

Winner: Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Ballymote, Sligo

Runner Up: Dooish NS, Ballybofey, Donegal

Third: Scoil an Athar Tadhg, Carraig na bhFear, Cork

Fourth: St. Peter’s NS, Dromiskin, Louth

Player of the Tournament: Michael Lavin (Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Ballymote)

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SPAR ‘B’ Girls Cup:

Winner: Carnmore NS, Oranmore, Galway

Runner Up: Ballyea NS, Ennis, Clare

Third: Kilkenny School Project, Springfields, Kilkenny

Fourth: Gaelscoil Ultain, Monaghan

Player of the Tournament: Elisha Bohan (Carnmore NS, Oranmore)

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SPAR ‘C’ Boys Cup:

Winner: St. Ciaran’s NS, Hartstown, Dublin

Runner Up: Nenagh CBS Primary, Tipperary

Third: Scoil Iognáid, Galway

Fourth: St. Joseph’s NS, Carrickmacross, Monaghan

Player of the Tournament: Maitiú Mac Thomais (Scoil Iognáid, Galway)

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SPAR ‘C’ Girls Cup:

Winner: Our Lady’s of Good Counsel GNS, Johnstown, Dublin

Runner Up: Scoil Róis, Taylor’s Hill, Galway

Third: Woodland NS, Letterkenny, Donegal

Fourth: Scoil Niocláis, Frankfield, Cork

Player of the Tournament: Ava Gibson Doyle (Our Lady’s of Good Counsel GNS)

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SPAR are the Official Convenience Retail Partner for the FAI


Last year we were delighted to partner with the FAI for the launch of “The Players Guide to Healthy Eating”. This is the first ever publication of this guide and we hope that you pick up some new ideas and habits from it. We hope children share the ideas from the guide with their friends, class-mates and families to embrace a balanced, nutritious diet. Eating healthier food helps children to concentrate for longer and learn more in school. It also supplies children with the energy they need to perform at their best at sport. In creating this guide, we’ve worked with our Dietitian Ellen Roche, as well as nutritional experts at the FAI, to supply a great range of healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options as well as healthy school lunch ideas and healthy eating tips.



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