St Josephs, Rathkeale, Boys Winners pictured at the annual TED Project League of Legends Soccer Blitz held in Mary Immaculate College, where 128 5th and 6th class from schools all over Limerick Attended. Picture: Brian Arthur
10th annual League of Legends Soccer Blitz at Mary Immaculate College
by ilovelimerick corresondent Chloe O’Keeffe
On Thursday, May, 17, the 10th annual League of Legends Soccer Blitz took place in Mary Immaculate College with close on 130 boys and girls from fifth and sixth classes participating.
The League of Legends is a joint venture between the Transforming Education through Dialogue (TED) Project), a College initiative that works directly with primary and post-primary schools, and the PLUS schools network comprising representatives from fourteen local DEIS Limerick schools. The TED Project is based in the Curriculum Development Unit of the College and engages with the schools in activities and programmes throughout the school year. The annual League of Legends is a wonderful highlight of the year for many of the pupils. The tournament aims to build partnerships between schools and the College and to give the pupils an opportunity to explore what a third-level campus has to offer and to utilize the sports complex.
There was no shortage of nail-biting moments as St. Joseph’s Boys from Rathkeale took home the winner’s plaque following their impressive win over the boys from Our Lady of Lourdes N.S. with a winning score of 3 – 0. Jack Keogh, was named Player of the Boys Tournament for his valiant efforts.
Corpus Christi girls’ team took home the trophy for the first time this year as they beat Our Lady Queen of Peace in the girl’s final with Abbie Awayee being named Player of the Girls Tournament.
Other participating Limerick schools included: Le Chéíle National School; Presentation Girls School; Scoil Íosagain C.B.S; St. Anne’s Girls School; St. John’s Girls and Infant Boys School and Thomond Primary School.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Prof. Gary O’Brien, Associate Vice President heartily congratulated the children, their teachers and parents on their enthusiastic participation in the event and noted that MIC’s relationship with the schools is very precious to the College and the TED project and that the College looks forward to continued engagement and to welcoming the children back as students when they are older.
Commenting on the event he said, “It was wonderful to see the pupils from our locality and the fantastic teachers that are joining us in partnership to make sure that the children get a chance to show off their sporting prowess – but most of all to have fun. I hope we see some of them come back to MIC as students one day.”
Also commenting on the event was Dr Eugene O’ Brien, Acting Vice President, Academic Affairs who said, “We do this work here in the College because we believe in ‘Making a positive difference in our community, locally, regionally, nationally and globally’ – indeed this is part of our Strategic Plan. Each of you here today is a very important part of our community and we hope that one day you will come to Mary Immaculate College to continue your educational journey.”
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