SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme 2019


The highly anticipated SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme 2019 is coming to an exciting conclusion!




The SPAR5s as it’s commonly known, is a 5-a-side competition which is open to boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th class, and puts emphasis on fun and inclusivity. The blitz day format is coordinated at local level with the assistance of a network of FAI Development Officers and local primary school teachers. These personnel co-ordinate events at County level with qualifying schools progressing to Regional, Provincial and National Finals.

The programme has over 37,000 students participating this season with a remarkable 42{6a5c599efe36bcc9ecfe565cfa71e9a3237d33bdd64472f13a38c5f2bda2cf8e} of those participants female.

There are 6 divisions to suit all school sizes with small, medium and large schools all catered for. While the programme encourages boys and girls to play on the same team, there is also a separate competition for girls’ schools. A number of teams can represent one school depending on the size of their student body, giving more children the chance to develop their skills in a safe, child centered and exciting environment.



SPAR have been the Official Convenience Retail Partner for the FAI since 2012. While there are many elements to their partnership agreement, the emphasis for the retailer is to support and promote grassroots football in the local community.

It’s the perfect fit given that SPAR have 400 high quality, conveniently located outlets spread across the country who are equally as enthusiastic about this year’s programme.  The local retailers will be showing their support for their local schools again this season | #SPAR5s



Schools from Cork, Clare, Donegal, Kildare and Offaly were crowned winners at the 2019 SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National Finals in Aviva Stadium on May 29th 2019. The event saw 192 children from 24 schools, in 13 separate counties participate in the final stages of the competition following four months of fun filled nationwide activity.

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy joined SPAR Ambassadors Keith Andrews and Ireland Womens National Team star Megan Campbell at the event that crowned six national champions. Trafask NS were the first winners of the day. The Cork school won the SPAR ‘A’ Cup winning two games and drawing their third on the way to the National Title. There was more success for Munster in the SPAR ‘A’ Girls Cup, as Clare’s Crusheen NS won all three matches to top their group.

In the SPAR ‘B’ Cup, Donegal’s St. Oran’s were crowned Champions after winning all three games.

Mucklagh NS were the first Leinster winners of the day, in the SPAR ‘B’ Girls Cup. The Offaly school won all three games, and finished six points clear of their opposition. Offaly success continued in the SPAR ‘C’ Cup as Scoil Muire Banrion from Edenderry won the title for large schools.

The final title went to a Kildare school, as St. Laurence’s NS from Sallins were crowned champions.

Six Players of the Tournament were also named from each of the competitions.

SPAR Players of the Tournament

SPAR ‘A’ Cup – Niall Kenny (Ardkeeran NS)
SPAR Girls ‘A’ Cup – Grace Gleeson (Crusheen NS)
SPAR ‘B’ Cup – Luke O’Donnell (St. Oran’s NS)
SPAR Girls ‘B’ Cup – Ellen Dolan (Mucklagh NS)
SPAR ‘C’ Cup – Declan Osagie (Scoil Muire Banrion)
SPAR Girls ‘C’ Cup – Clodagh Fitzgerald (Ovens NS)

SPAR ‘A’ Cup
Winners: Trafask NS, Beara, Cork
Runners-Up: Ardkeeran NS, Riverstown, Sligo
Third: Clonisk NS, Birr, Offaly
Fourth: SN Colmcille, Baile na Finne, Dun na nGall

SPAR ‘A’ Girls Cup
Winners: Crusheen NS, Clare
Runners-Up: Scoil Mhuire Caiseal, Dun na nGall
Third: St. Fintan’s NS, Mayglass, Wexford
Fourth: Lisacul, Castlerea, Roscommon

SPAR ‘B’ Cup
Winners: St. Oran’s NS, Cockhill, Donegal
Runners-Up: Cregmore NS, Claregalway, Galway
Third: Lisnagry NS, Limerick
Fourth: Gaelscoil Chill Mhantain, Cill Mhaintain

SPAR ‘B’ Girls Cup
Winners: Mucklagh NS, Offaly
Runners-Up: Clarinbridge NS, Galway
Third: Faha NS, Kerry
Fourth: Glenswilly NS, Donegal

SPAR ‘C’ Cup
Winners: Scoil Muire Banrion, Edenderry, Offaly
Runners-Up: St. John the Apostle, Knocknacarra, Galway
Third: Scoil Phadraig Naofa, Rochestown, Cork
Fourth: St. Joseph’s BNS, Carrickmacross, Monaghan

SPAR ‘C’ Girls Cup
Winners: St. Laurence’s NS, Sallins
Runners-Up: Scoil Iosagain, Buncrana, Donegal
Third: Ovens NS, Cork
Fourth: Scoil Ide, Salthill, Galway

SPAR ‘A’ Cup
SN Colmcille 0-2 Trafrask NS
Clonlisk NS 2-5 Ardkeeran NS
SN Colmcille 1-5 Clonlisk NS
Trafrask NS 3-2 Ardkeeran NS
SN Colmcille 4-6 Ardkeeran NS
Trafrask NS 3-3 Clonlisk NS

SPAR ‘A’ Girls Cup
Lisacul NS 1-9 St. Fintan’s NS
Crusheen NS 3-0 Scoil Mhuire Caiseal
Lisacul NS 0-11 Crusheen NS
St. Fintan’s NS 2-5 Scoil Mhuire Caiseal
Lisacul NS 1-10 Scoil Mhuire Caiseal
St. Fintan’s NS 1-3 Crusheen NS

SPAR ‘B’ Cup
Lisnagry NS 3-4 Cregmore NS
St. Oran’s NS 3-2 Gaelscoil Chill Mhantain
Lisnagry NS 1-4 St. Oran’s NS
Cregmore NS 3-1 Gaelscoil Chill Mhantain
Lisnagry NS 1-0 Gaelscoil Chill Mhaintain
Cregmore NS 1-6 St. Oran’s NS

SPAR ‘B’ Girls Cup
Mucklagh NS 3-1 Glenswilly NS
Clarinbridge NS 2-3 Faha NS
Mucklagh NS 3-0 Glenswilly NS
Clarinbridge NS 5-3 Faha NS
Mucklagh NS 3-2 Faha NS
Glenswilly NS 1-0 Clarinbridge NS

SPAR ‘C’ Cup
Scoil Muire Banrion 3-2 St. Joseph’s BNS
Knocknacarra NS 7-5 Scoil Phadraig Naofa
Scoil Muire Banrion 3-2 Knocknacarra NS
St. Joseph’s BNS 3-6 Scoil Phadraig Naofa
Scoil Muire Banrion 0-0 Scoil Phadraig Naofa
St. Joseph’s BNS 1-7 Knocknacarra NS

SPAR ‘C’ Girls Cup
Ovens NS 2-1 Scoil Ide
Scoil Iosagain 4-5 St. Laurence’s NS
Ovens NS 1-4 Scoil Iosagain
Scoil Ide 0-5 St. Laurence’s NS
Ovens NS 1-4 St. Laurence’s NS
Scoil Ide 0-5 Scoil Iosagain