The Coca-Cola HBC Foróige 5k – which will raise vital funds for young people in Dublin 15 – takes place in the National Sports Campus on Sunday May 24th and people of all abilities are being encouraged to sign up today to run, jog or stroll the event and enjoy entertainment being laid on to accompany the event.

Foróige, the national youth development organisation who manage and provide youth projects and services in Dublin 15, is coordinating the run and is partnering with local business in the form of Coca-Cola HBC which employs 300 people at their premises in Ballycoolin. The National Sports Campus have come on board to host the event on their grounds in Blanchardstown, giving participants a chance to view some of the site’s excellent sports facilities.

The fun day will kick off at 11am, followed by the 5k event at 12pm, which is chip timed by Precision Timing. Registration is €20 and is available on Precision Timing’s website and further information is available on Run Ireland’s website.

Cash prizes are available for the first and second place male and female and vouchers for the third placed male and female. All participants will go home with a medal and a goody bag.

In conjunction with the 5k, there will be entertainment provided, with a short run for young people down the “Yellow Brick Road”, followed by lots of fun activities such as penalty shoot outs and face painting.

Bernie Moloney - Foróige “We are extremely grateful that Coca-Cola HBC Ireland have come on board to sponsor our 5k event along with the National Sports Campus who have kindly provided us with their top of the range facility in Blanchardstown to host the event. All funds raised will go towards the much needed provision of educational and pro-social programmes and activities for young people aged 10-18 years old from Dublin 15”.

For more information, please contact Bernie Moloney on 086 8338973 or email

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Foróige Blanchardstown Youth Service

Since 1982, Blanchardstown Youth Service is provided and managed by Foróige in partnership with Dublin & Dun Laoighaire Training and Education Board. Supported by 300 dedicated volunteers in Dublin 15, over 2,000 young people access the Blanchardstown Youth Service and the associated 21 clubs, 19 projects and non formal educational programmes.

Providing Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Citizenship, Technology and Mentorship programmes as well as more targeted initiatives such as Teenage Health and Well Being, Drugs Awareness and Prevention, Early School Leavers and Garda Youth Diversion Projects, Foróige facilitates young people in developing rewarding futures for themselves and their communities.

Foróige is the leading and largest youth organisation in Ireland. The charity works with 56,000 young people and 5,500 adult volunteers annually, through a network of more than 600 youth clubs & cafés, 150 targeted projects and national programmes such as Citizenship, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

Coca Cola HBC Ireland

Coca-Cola HBC Ireland is based in Ballycoolin, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. It is Ireland’s largest non-alcoholic beverage company manufacturing soft drinks, juice and water and employs 900 people in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The company sponsors a range of activities in the community which encourage people to be active – from the Coca-Cola Zero Dublin Bikes to the Coca-Cola Thank you Fund, which distributes grants to community organisations with ideas to get people moving. Its water brand, Deep RiverRock, is the Title sponsor of the annual Belfast City Marathon and is also the Official Hydration Partner of Leinster Rugby. Coca-Cola Zero has also become the sponsor of the City Bikes schemes in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Belfast bringing 1000 bikes to these locations with the aim of fostering a greater culture of cycling in these cities, in partnership with the National Transport Authority.

National Sports Campus
The Authority is responsible for the development and operations of the National Sports Campus. National Aquatic Centre is a key resource within the National Sports Campus at Blanchardstown. It has also refurbished buildings on the Campus to accommodate the Headquarters of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), the Irish Institute of Sport (IIS), and the Irish Sport HQ which accommodates the administrative headquarters of 19 National Governing Bodies (NGBs) of Sport in Ireland.
The NSCDA has also allocated substantial sites for the development in partnership with major field sports of Gaelic Games, Soccer, Rugby and Hockey.
In addition the National Horse Sport Arena was officially opened in October 2013. The NSCDA have also put in place High Performance training facilities for athletes in a variety of sporting disciplines including Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon, Fencing, Pistol-Shooting, Gymnastics and Diving.

The NSCDA has also completed the development of Multi-Sport All-weather Pitches and a Pavilion which are open to the Public for hire.
The Government has also recently announced capital funding for the development of a National Indoor Arena, the construction of which will get underway in at the start of 2015.