SPAR are the Official Convenience Retail Partner for the FAI


We’re 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.
The Players’ Guide to Healthy Eating is available now at your local SPAR while stocks last. Why not pick up a copy today and try out some of the recipes for yourself?


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SPAR are delighted to have become the Official Convenience Retail Partner for the FAI with a new 4 year sponsorship deal. SPAR are also title sponsor of the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme.

This exciting new sponsorship will see SPAR have strong presence at all home International soccer games at Aviva stadium.


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SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme




REGISTER AT SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Registration


The SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme  is the biggest competition in the schools’ soccer calendar. This year we are back as the sponsor of the programme and plan to build on the success of 2016 which saw nearly 24,000 children from 1,267 schools participate in making it the most successful year to date.


In 2016, the Finals were hosted in the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Wednesday 11th May. Scoil Choilmcille, Meath (‘A’ Cup), Ardnagrath NS, Westmeath (Girls ‘A’), Killeeneen NS, Galway (‘B’ Cup), Dromtrasna NS, Limerick (Girls ‘B’ Cup), Dunboyne SPS, Meath (‘C’ Cup) and St. Fiacc’s NS, Carlow (Girls ‘C’ Cup) all claimed national honours in their respective categories after a hard fought campaign which began in February with county blitzes held nationwide.

A total of 192 children, representing 24 schools and 11 counties had the opportunity to take to the field in Aviva Stadium, the home of Irish Football. 4th, 5th and 6th class students from Galway, Donegal, Tipperary, Meath, Westmeath, Cork, Limerick, Cavan, Carlow, Sligo and Offaly all experienced the excitement and carnival atmosphere of the national finals, cheered on by thousands of supporters who made the trip.

Grass roots soccer is hugely important for the future of Ireland’s sport and this sponsorship truly allows SPAR to connect with their local schools and communities and encourages and enables the youth of today to get out and be active.

SPAR FAI Primary School 5s National Finals 2016 RESULTS:

‘A’ Schools Cup:

Winner:                 Scoil Choilmcille, Mount Hanover, Duleek, Meath (Leinster)

Runner Up:           Croom NS, Limerick (Munster)

Third:                     Scoil An Choimín, Lifford, Donegal (Ulster)

Fourth:                  Carn NS, Gurteen, Sligo (Connacht)

Player of the Tournament: Alan Bowden, Scoil Choilmcille, Mount Hanover

Girls ‘A’ Schools Cup:

Winner:                 Ardnagrath NS, Athlone, Westmeath (Leinster)

Runner Up:           Thomastown NS, Tipperary (Munster)

Third:                     St. Joseph’s NS, Woodford, Galway (Connacht)

Fourth:                  Scoil Mhuire, Lacken, Cavan (Ulster)

Player of the Tournament: Emer McCarthy, Thomastown NS, Tipperary


‘B’ Schools Cup:

Winner:                 Killeeneen NS, Craughwell, Galway (Connacht)

Runner Up:           Gaelscoil Bhríde, Durlas Éile, Tipperary (Munster)

Third:                     St. Michael’s NS, Cootehill, Cavan (Ulster)

Fourth:                  Dean Kelly NS, Athlone, Westmeath (Leinster)

Player of the Tournament: Darragh Stáicliúm, Gaelscoil Bhríde, Durlas Éile, Tipperary


Girls ‘B’ Schools Cup:

Winner:                 Dromtrasna NS, Abbeyfeale, Limerick (Munster)

Runner Up:           Claregalway NS, Galway (Connacht)

Third:                     St. Colman’s NS, Mucklagh, Offaly (Leinster)

Fourth:                  St. Oran’s NS, Cockhill, Inishowen (Ulster)

Player of the Tournament: Kate Slevin, Claregalway NS, Galway


‘C’ Schools Cup:

Winner:                 Dunboyne SPS, Meath (Leinster)

Runner Up:          St. Patrick’s BNS, Lombard Street, Galway (Connacht)

Third:                     St. Patrick’s BNS, Lurgybrack, Donegal (Ulster)

Fourth:                  Scoil Naomh Iosaf, Riverstown, Cork (Munster)

Player of the Tournament: Edric Opoku, St. Patrick’s BNS, Lombard Street, Galway


Girls ‘C’ Schools Cup:

Winner:                 St. Fiacc’s NS, Graingecullen, Carlow (Leinster)

Runner Up:           Scoil Chaitríona, Renmore, Galway (Connacht)

Third:                     Scoil Íosagáín, Buncrana, Inishowen (Ulster)

Fourth:                  Scoil Niocláis, Frankfield, Cork (Munster)

Player of the Tournament: Emilia Koziel, Scoil Chaitríona, Renmore, Galway


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