SPAR FAI School Zone & SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme

 Stephen Kenny helps launch the SPAR FAI School Zone

March 9, 2021

The SPAR FAI School Zone was launched by Republic of Ireland Manager Stephen Kenny on March 9. 


This four week initiative replaced the more traditional SPAR FAI Primary School 5-a-side programme that was curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


The initiative offers interactive and engaging activity sheets designed with the classroom in mind. The content has been created in consultation with a panel of teachers and promises to engage, educate and enthuse students. The content is available in both English & Irish versions.


Similar to the 5-a-side competitions previously run, in association with SPAR, this initiative caters for boys and girls in 4th, 5th and 6th class.


The new teaching resource has innovative football themed lessons which are emailed to those who have registered HERE. So why not… Get in the Zone!


English, Irish, Maths, Geography, History,  and some fun activities are all covered in the School Zone, along with healthy eating options and football challenges.


Once a parent or teacher signs up, the activity sheets are emailed direct to the recipients along with the answer sheets. Please refer below for the relevant material.




Released March 15, 2021                Series 1 looks at…

* EURO 2016

* That infamous Robbie BRADY goal

* Sligo Rovers outdoor museum

* The Aviva Stadium

* Healthy eating tips

* Keepie Uppie challenge

* Crossword

* Maths

* Cúpla focal

- Get in the Zone!


Released March 15, 2021                Series 2 St. Patrick’s Day special

* The Shamrock

* St. Patrick's Day

* RTE Virtual Parade TV

* St. Patrick's Athletic FC

* Healthy eating tips

* Toe tap Challenge

* Art & anagrams

* Maths

* Cúpla focal 

- Get in the Zone!


Released March 22, 2021               Series 3 looks at…

* Short Story Writing

* Interview techniques

* Derry City FC & Cobh Ramblers FC

* Healthy meals

* Pass ball with 2 feet

* Spot the ball

* Maths

* Cúpla focal

- Get in the Zone!


Released March 22, 2021               Series 4 Women’s Football special

* Show Your Support #IRLWNT

* Learn about Vera Pauw

* Maths with Rianna Jarrett, Leanne Kiernan, Amber Barrett & Grace Moloney

* Healthy snacks

* Codeword Challenge

* Stephanie Roche Puskas Award

* Cúpla focal

- Get in the Zone!


Released April 12, 2021                   Series 5 looks at…

* Test yourself tongue twisters

* Create a footie themed Limerick

* History of Republic of Ireland National Teams

* Healthy meals

* Maths with footie graphics

* Amber BARRETT goal vs Greece

* Finn Harps FC

* Cúpla focal

- Get in the Zone!


Released April 12, 2021                   Series 6 Referee special

* View Neil Doyle prep

* History with Michelle O'Neill

* Laws of the Game

* Healthy eating tips

* Fitness Challenge

* Quiz Time

* Maths

* Cúpla focal

- Get in the Zone!


Released April 19, 2021            Series 7 looks at...

* The National Anthem

* Dalymount Park 

* Healthy eating

* Pass the ball Challenge

* Maths

* Crossword

* Cúpla focal

- Get in the Zone!

Released April 19, 2021            Series 8 League of Ireland special

* Role of a Captain

* Learn more about Seamus Coleman

* League of Ireland History

* Watch Dundalk striker Jordan FLORES goal

* Galway United 

* Healthy eating

* Dribbling Challenge

* Maths

* Crest Test

* Cúpla focal

- Get in the Zone!






 PLEASE NOTE | Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the fun blitz days will not run in 2020 or 2021.

The biggest and best competition in the

Primary School Football Calendar

The five-a-side school blitzes are open to boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th class, and puts emphasis on fun and inclusivity.

The competition has been running since the mid 1990’s, the event is more popular than ever with nearly 1,800 schools involved each year.

There are 5 divisions to suit all school sizes. While FAI Schools and SPAR encourage boys and girls to play on the same team, there is also a separate competition for girls’ schools.

A number of teams can represent one school depending on the size of their student body, giving more children the chance to develop their skills in a safe, child centered and exciting environment.

Registration usually open in early December and closes before the Mid Term Break in February, and county blitzes would kick off at the end of February.

Winning schools progress from County level to regional then provincial finals, with the lucky few making it all the way to the National Finals, which will be held in the home of Irish football, Aviva Stadium, at the end of May.  

The SPAR FAI Primary School 5s Programme is an initiative organised by the Football Association of Ireland Schools (FAI Schools).

SPAR’s support of the competition has been in place since 2015, and has seen participation figures grow year on year to become the largest primary school’s competition in the country.