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Extra Curricular

Students are encouraged to get involved in the many Extra Curricular activities available at the school.
These include the following;

Sport – Football, Hurling, Soccer, Rugby, Camogie, Hockey, Basketball, Ultimate Frisbee, Athletics, Spikeball

Music – School show and Guitar Club

Drama, Chess Club, Fundraising, Tidy Towns, Debating, Public speaking, Quiz Competition, School Tours, Coding

The involvement of Ballincollig Community School in the annual Eurofoot competition dates back to its beginnings in 1990. At that time the local people in the small French village of Vigneux De Bretagne came up with the idea of holding an annual football tournament for a selection of French teams and one team from each EU country. Their intention was to bring young people from around Europe together through sport. One of the organisers made contact with one of the French teacher in our school and so it was that, by chance, the involvement of Ballincollig Community School began in a venture that has been the highlight of their time in the school for many of the boys who have participated. The team is coached each year by the a Physical Education teacher, and to date 384 pupils have made the trip to France over the 24 years that Ballincollig Community School has been involved.

The boys are hosted by local French families for the weekend and the families always speak highly of the friendship and good humour of the Irish boys. Such has been the friendship that has grown between the people of Vigneux and ourselves that the Mayor of Vigneux has presented the medal of the village to our school in recognition of our continued attendance.

Though our students always win many admirers for their attitude, skill and application on the pitch, they fully realise that winning the tournament is no easy feat when competing against underage teams of FC Nantes, Wolverhampton Schools and Madrid for example. Our students enjoy the whole experience of participating and competing against the future Beckhams, Zidanes and Rauls of European football. The pupils in the original competitions were drawn from 2nd year in the school but in recent years the tournament has involved mainly 4th & 5th years as the organisers have raised the age limit. The whole tournament is run with an emphasis on enjoyment and fair play – so much so that one of the most prestigious trophies presented during the prize giving is for the team that best exemplifies these qualities. We have been fortunate enough to win that on two occasions. The over-riding memory for our pupils is not where we finish, however, but the friendships that are forged each year and the overall experience of participating in a tournament that has grown from small beginnings to become a significant date in the calendar of many top quality European soccer teams.

In recent years the tournament has changed its name to the U17 Cup ES Vigneux but still carries all the trademarks of the Eurofoot success. For more information on the current and past teams be sure to visit our blog page
Vive l’Eurofoot!!

The warm and friendly atmosphere that exists in the Ballincollig Community School is best illustrated by the caring attitude which students show in supporting a wide variety of charity events.

Fundraising takes place for a variety of causes including Guide Dogs For Blind, the West Gate Foundation, St. Vincent de Paul, Concern, Trocaire, Goal and Russian Orphanages, Amnesty International, Chernobyl Children’s Trust and the Special Olympics.

Transition Year Students are involved in the Young Social Innovators Programme. The Programme enables the students to reach out to the wider community through fundraising while looking after their own school community through focusing on mental health, cyber bullying and other causes of concern for young people.