From late February / early March when the Covid 19 pandemic hit our lives, Claremont Stadium Staff were on alert as to how this would impact our community.
As many of those who visit the stadium know we are a community based stadium whose mission is to offer courses, and sporting opportunities to people of all abilities and walks of life. So we had no option but to close our doors to protect everyone. Since then we have been working remotely.
On our social media pages we have been focusing on keeping people informed about online courses, home schooling. Also putting up links about Wellness, Meditation ,and of course physical fitness challenges and programs.
What we have learnt during this period, or been reminded of, is that Irish people are resilient and our sense of humor comes alive in times like this.
We would like to thank all of those who volunteer within our neighborhoods, these are not people who put up posts about running to the shops/chemist for a neighbor, baking cakes , making baskets of fruit and leaving them on doorsteps. Ringing a doorbell and walking or running back to the gate to stay and talk to the lone householder, simply to check on them and pass some time talking. These small things make a difference and we would like to say thank you to all who are doing this.
As you can see the children who took part in the sports program earlier in the year had fun. What you don’t see is how early they all appeared every Saturday to take part in the sports. The only complaint was made by a parent who said they were being woken early on Saturday mornings to make sure everyone arrived on time.
Connect Through Sports ran from Saturday 9th March until Saturday 20th April. The purpose of the program was to encourage children (8yrs-12yrs) to take part in sports. Each Saturday morning they arrived with their parents to get a taste of a sport. The sports we featured were: Karma Yoga, Kenpo Karate, Athletics, Badminton, Hockey, Girl Guides/Boy Scouts (though not a sports, are an activity based club), Soccer, Gymnastics, and Dance.
As you can see from the photographs, they had fun, made new friends and some found a sport to explore further.
We would like to thank all of the coaches who gave up their Saturday mornings to share their knowledge with the group of just under 50 children.