SLIDESHOW: Paul O'Connell and Aldi launch €50,000 school makeover competition

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Limerick rugby legend Paul O'Connell, along with Aldi and the IRFU have today announced the launch of a competition for primary schools to win one of two €50,000 school sports facility makeovers in 2019.

Open to all primary schools the initiative is the latest from the free Aldi Play Rugby programme which helped increase the number of children taking part in the programme to over 100,000 in 2018.

The competition is easy to enter and works by primary schools collecting 300 of Aldi’s exclusive Irish rugby men’s and women’s stickers for their school. Available in Aldi’s 137 Irish stores, shoppers collect one sticker for every €30 they spend in store between January 28th and April 7th.

Participating primary schools add the stickers to a large Aldi Play Rugby Poster and for every 300 stickers collected, they answer an Irish rugby trivia question and are in with a chance of winning €50,000 for the primary school’s playing facilities.

Open to all primary schools nationwide, teachers, coaches, parents and school children interested in taking part in the competition can learn more by visiting www.aldi.ie/playrugby

Speaking at the launch, Aldi Play Rugby Ambassador Paul O’Connell said: “I know from experience what a difference good quality coaching, equipment and facilities can make, especially in the early years of developing as a player. Aldi Play Rugby is already making a real impact with young kids, having helped over 100,000 boys and girls to lead a more active and healthier lifestyle through rugby, up from 68,000 children taking part just three years ago. Now, Aldi Play Rugby is moving up a gear and this competition creates a world of opportunity for two lucky primary schools to each win a €50,000 upgrade to their sports and playing facilities. I’d encourage every Irish primary school pupil to get involved, and for Aldi shoppers including in Limerick to get behind their local schools and help them reach that 300-sticker goal.”

While two primary schools will win the incredible €50,000 sports facility upgrades, there are a host of additional prizes on offer. Four primary schools (one per province) will win €2,500 worth of training equipment, while each primary school that completes a poster will receive a complimentary set of IRFU water bottles, four Aldi rugby balls and a new Aldi Play Rugby kit bag. One lucky primary school will also win an exclusive training session with Paul O’Connell and a full set of new school rugby jerseys.

There is still time to sign up for 2019, and schools, teachers and coaches interested in getting involved can register at www.aldi.ie/playrugby