The Cuala Schools Football Leagues have been running, in one form or another, since the mid nineties.
The leagues were the brainchild of…who else…Damian Byrne and were designed to provide an opportunity for all local children to experience the excitement and fun of Gaelic Games.
Everyone remembers what a thrill it was to represent your school in sport and these competitions are designed to give as many children as possible that chance.
Schools that are strong in Gaelic Games would usually compete in Cumann na mBunscoil competitions and would put their 2nd, 3rd or 4th teams in our competition, thereby ensuring that a whole range of players get a chance to don the school colours. Schools that for one reason or another cannot enter Cumann na mBunscoil can enter their school teams into one of our 3 or 4 divisions thereby giving them a chance to build up to Cumann na mBunscoil standard and to maybe compete and win against some of the stronger schools along the way.
For the past 12 years they have been held at our pitches in Thomastown and have featured thousands of primary school children from over 15 local primary schools.
One of the most rewarding aspects lately is meeting parents who have come to watch their children play, some of whom remember playing in the leagues themselves
Due to huge growth in popularity of girls football we decided to introduce a girls league which, after humble beginnings 5 years ago , has grown to 2 divisions with 8 and possibly 9 teams competing this year.
This year’s competition is bigger than ever with 26 teams from 14 schools competing and will conclude with a grand finals day on October 22 in Thomastown at 3pm