The pupils of Ardee Community School raised €10,000 at their fundraising 5K Run last month – held to raise funds to help complete the work needed for the new state-of-the-art pitch at the school.
742 pupils and teachers from Ardee Community School hit the road on a sun-kissed Friday afternoon late last month as the entire school got out and took part in the big fundraiser. Each student was sponsored to take part, helping to contribute the funds to the project.
The event was organised by Rory Callan, teacher and member of the Ardee CS pitch committee, as part of a fundraising drive to finish the new pitch and construct a new running and walking track around the school site.
“We’re delighted with the outcome and really pleased that the kids enjoyed the day so much,” teacher and pitch committee member Sean Moran told ThisIsArdee.ie.
Work on the brand new school pitch is nearing completion and the money raised will go towards finishing that ahead of the new school year in September and installing a walking track which will go all the way around the school perimeter.
The new state-of-the-art sand based pitch will enable the school to facilitate various sports and codes to a high standard for years to come.
The groundwork began back in February and the pitch has been laid by sports pitch construction specialists Prunty Pitches. The design of the pitch will facilitate high levels of usage throughout the entire year but it will be especially evident between September and May – during the academic year where boys and girls soccer, GAA and rugby teams will be training and competing in competition.
Local soccer team Square United will also move their senior team home games from the Boys School Field to the new pitch at the community school.
On the day of the 5K Run itself, third years Danny O’Brien and Abbie Sheridan were the first boy and girl over the line. Remarkably, Danny won the overall race – which ran from the school to Shanlis Cross and back again – with a sensational time of 18:13, a full 28 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger Neill Kerr.
The boys were fairly dominant as they made up the first 28 students over the line before Abbie became the first girl over the line. Abbie, who has plenty of juvenile experience with Ardee & District Athletic Club, came in at 22:00 exactly – 42 seconds ahead of her nearest female challenger Tara McGuinness.