The Aldi Play Rugby sticker competition gave every primary school in the country the opportunity of winning one of two €50,000 sports facility makeovers by collecting Aldi Play Rugby stickers.
Shoppers could collect 1 sticker for every €30 spent in any of the 144 Aldi stores nationwide. After what has been a turbulent year across the country, this kind of prize for the winning schools couldn’t have come at a better time, with schools keen to keep sporting and wellbeing of children foremost in minds.
The two winners in 2020 of the €50,000 prizes were:
• Tara Hill National School, Gorey, Co. Wexford
• Scoil Naomh Bríd, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow
Principal of Scoil Naomh Bríd, Lisa Jackson said: “We returned to a difficult school year in August, with not much prospect of excitement ahead for our pupils. A phone call from Aldi change this. Aldi have given us a once in a lifetime opportunity. We have been given a transformative sum of money to make our dreams for our fabulous school become a reality. €50,000 will change our school and positively impact on the lives of our pupils and pupils for years to come. A sincere thank you to Aldi from all in Scoil Naomh Bríd.”
As well as the winners of the two €50,000 sports facility upgrades, ten primary schools around the country will receive a €10,000 donation to sports equipment or facilities:
• Rossmore National School, Cashel, Co. Tipperary
• Scoil na Mhuire, Billeragh, Araglin, Co. Cork
• Ballina Primary School, Grange Road, Ballina, Co. Tipperary
• Scoil Choill Mhic Thomaisin, Rossmore, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford
• Gaelscoil Bhreifne, Cnoc an Choilligh, Cavan
• Poulacapple National School, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary
• Gaelscoil Mhachan, Ave de Rennes, Machan, An Charraig Dubh, Co. Cork
• Lisvernane National School, Lisvernane, The Glen of Aherlow, Co. Tipperary
• Graignamanagh Boys National School, Graignamanagh, Co. Kilkenny
• Shanagarry National School, Shanagarry, Midleton, Co. Cork
Each primary school that submitted a valid poster will receive an Aldi Play Rugby kit bag which includes rugby balls, water bottles and water bottle holders per completed poster! Due to the phenomenal success of the campaign, Aldi will be sending out thousands of kit bags to primary schools across the country.
Aldi Play Rugby Ambassador Paul O’Connell commented: “This year has presented huge challenges for parents, teachers and students alike and it is highlighted I think the importance of sport for our wellbeing irrespective of our age. Congratulations to all the schools that took part and in particular Tara Hill National School, Gorey, Co. Wexford and Scoil Naomh Bríd, Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow. I am sure the €50,000 will be well spent by the schools management to help with the development of their school’s sports facilities.