The official opening of the athletics track at Cappawhite N.S. took place last week with great enthusiasm and joy from the pupils, teachers, board of management and parents.
Anne McGrath Chairperson of the Board of Management of Cappawhite N.S. was delighted and honored to be at this special day. “This is a great day for the school and I’d like to welcome Minister Alan Kelly and Fr. Furlong who did a beautiful ceremony in the hall. This project is all about the children and it was great to see so many parents turn up here to support it. The Community Council has been part of this project and the use of the running track will be open to community groups. I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that we got the funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and we’re very grateful for that.”
Cappawhite is well known for its tradition in sports and in particular its success in hurling. Tipperary’s senior hurling player Tom Treacy was also at the opening ceremony to support the event and brought along the - All Ireland Cup, the Munster Cup the West Trophy and the County Final cup that the Cappawhite U14’s won a couple of weeks ago.
“This is great for the children and for sport in years to come,” said Tom.
Many parents turned out to be a part of the official opening ceremony as well as
Minister Alan Kelly who helped with the funding application said
“I met with the Cappawhite Community Group at the beginning of this process to advise them about their sports application to the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and I’m delighted that they successfully received €25K.
I’m sure the community will look forward to the use of the new running track and I must commend Chairperson of the Board of Management of Cappawhite N.S. Anne McGrath who is a fantastic woman and anything that Anne asks me for I have to try my best to help. I also want to compliment Principal Alice Flynn and all the people involved in getting this project up and running.”
Principal Alice Flynn has targeted health and fitness in Cappawhite School and believes the new Athletics track is a great asset to the school and the community.
“We were awarded our Active School Flag in 2012 and in the last few years we’ve been trying to encourage activity and fitness levels for all the pupils in our schools. This new athletics track fits in with those plans and we’re really happy that this has come to fruition.”
During the speeches, Fr. Furlong blessed the new running track and wished everyone well.
“The development of the running track is a great benefit to the school as many times in the year the field is too wet to use. The track is going to allow the school to use it at any time and also other groups in the community so it’s a real asset.”