The week-long celebration of sport and physical activity culminated in the second Family SportsFest at the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena on Sunday.
The crowds started to flood in from before the doors opened at 10 AM and by the time all the sporting organisations present began to fold their tents, well over 3,000 adults and children had been able to enjoy a sample of what was on offer.
Pretty much every sport had some visibility with the IRFU, FAI and GAA all having stars, trophies and immersive activities on display in the main hall.
Eoin McDevitt from Second Captains was MC for the day and brought the venue to life interviewing stars from all the sports and plenty of kids as well.
The Volleyball court in the second hall was busy throughout and there was plenty of interest too in the Baton Twirling exhibitions that were taking place.
Archery took over the corner adjoining the Gymnastics area and children were trying out so many other sports, many for the first time from high jump and long jump in athletics to cricket, wrestling and a very lively boxing ring.
The Gymnastics tasters were popular as were the ability to hit so many balls from hurling to hockey.
There was still a big crowd around for the Mascot race which took place on the track where we also got to see Double European Youth Athletics Gold Medallist Sarah Healy, having a gentle run out and meeting lots of families.
A great day all round and we are looking forward already to doing it all again in 2019. After a short break to recharge of course!
Great day to #beactive at the #familysportfest yesterday @NatSportsCampus Big thanks to gymnasts Lily Russell, Lucy Waddilove & coach Marissa from DP Gymnastics Club & gymnasts IIIya Babkin, Aaron Drennan & coach Wayne from Phoenix GC for taking part! pic.twitter.com/bvYs7x2dj9
— Gymnastics Ireland (@GymnasticsIre) October 1, 2018
— David Matthews (@DavidMatthews2) September 30, 2018
The Volleyball Ireland European Week of Sport Tour concluded today at the home of Irish Sport the @NatSportsCampus – full report on what we have been up to tomorrow #familysportsfest @sportireland #BeActive pic.twitter.com/49qQ0AFkMm
— Volleyball Ireland (@Vball_Ireland) September 30, 2018
An amazing day at the @NatSportsCampus #FamilySportFest. Over 3,000 attendees with many hundreds taking on our #icehockey shooting lane. Great day, great support from our hockey family. We look forward to many more Family Sport Fest’s in the future. @sportireland @IIHFHockey pic.twitter.com/TmmH4LqdSV
— IIHA (@IIHA) September 30, 2018
— NationalSportsCampus (@NatSportsCampus) September 30, 2018