Back To Sport Essentials

Get ready for the return of School and Back to Sport at Intersport Elverys. We know that it can be difficult to find everything your youngsters require, but we have all you need for sport, school and PE, including, backpacks, water bottles, footwear, mouth guards and balls and more. Take a look below to find all you’ll need. If you need more information, drop into one of our stores nationwide and talk to one of our many in-store experts.


We know Back to School shopping can be tough at times, especially when you are looking for useful information on finding the correct school bags or back packs. We thought we’d simplify the process. Picking a new school bag for Back to School is very important, and the one you choose can vary depending on your child’s age and height. Before looking through the bags we have on offer (which you can find HERE), we will take you through a few key aspects to look for when making your choice. Find out everything you need to know about backpacks HERE.


With all the excitement of getting back to games and training, but maybe not so much with getting back to school, you may want to treat the kids to a new pair of football boots. We have a wide range of kids football boots for everyone who plays GAA, Football, Rugby and more. Find all our boots online HERE or shop in-store, where our experienced staff will give you the expert advice you need. You can also click HERE to find out how to pick the perfect football boot for you. We advise that you always try on footwear before you make the purchase.


One of the most important aspects of the kids going back to school, is finding them the perfect pair of footwear. Having a comfortable fit is very important for growing and active kids (you can find the perfect fit HERE). Here at Intersport Elverys, we have a fantastic selection of footwear from all the top brands including Nike, adidas, Puma and Skechers, as well as lots of black footwear, if that’s what the school uniform requires. Check out our range of footwear in-store or find our full range of kids footwear HERE, and have them ready to go back to school and sport.

Water Bottles

If you had been watching the Premier League or your local GAA team, you’ll have seen that players take water breaks mid way through each half, so they can have a drink from their own bottle as they cannot be shared. This is the same across all sport and in school. Everyone will need to have their own water bottle wherever they go, be in school or playing sport. Pick up your own water bottle HERE or in-store.


Almost every child (and adult to be fair) will find great enjoyment out of a ball of some sort. Be it a kick about with a Nike or adidas football, throwing a Gilbert rugby ball, or target practice with an O’Neills ball, the games are limitless. They are a great way of encouraging physical exercise. When kids are going back to school and sport, they may be encouraged to bring their own ball, in the interest of safety. Intersport Elverys has you covered, as we have a wide range soccer, GAA, basketball, rugby balls and more available in-store and online. Take a look at our range of balls HERE.

Mouth Guards

With contact sport coming back for kids, including school teams and PE, having a mouth guard is vital and in a lot of cases it’s mandatory, especially for Gaelic games and rugby. Whether you are looking for a boil and bite guard or a more comprehensive self-fit one, Intersport Elverys has all you need. Check out our range of mouth guards HERE or get expert advice in one of our stores.

Here at Intersport Elverys, we have everything you’ll need to get you kids ready for going back to school and getting ready for sport. Drop into one of our stores (when they reopen) or visit our website HERE.

Top Tips For Finding The Best School Bag | Elverys

We know Back to School shopping can be tedious at times and when information on finding essentials like the right school bags are scarce, we thought we’d simplify the process.

The new school bag for Back to School is an important choice, and the one you choose can vary depending on your child’s age and height. Before we go through our bags on offers we want to go through a few areas to look for when making your choice.


Ensure you’re getting the right size for the purpose.  Bigger is not always better, find the right size for what your little ones will be using/putting into the bag.  Bag size is measured in litres, but standard dimensions (height x width x depth) will be available also.  Please note that not all bags are designed to fit binders/folders, and trying to fit these in to bags that are not suitable will stretch the fabric and possibly cause damage.  We’d recommend, 24L for primary school and above 24L for secondary, depending on age and height.


Multiple compartments help keep your kids organised.  Look out for backpacks with padded laptop compartments, water bottle compartments, separate front pockets.


Depending on how/where your kids plan to use your backpack.  Most backpacks are made from Polyester or a mix of standard and recycled Polyester.  Other materials used would be lightweight tough fibres like Nylon.  Some backpacks will also have extra padding on the back for added comfort, and can have a waterproof coating for water resistance to deal with the ever changing Irish weather.


Some brands will offer a warranty on their products to ensure you get good use from your bag.  This will be clearly marked on the bag’s swing tags.

Top Tips to ensure the backpack you choose is the best fit for your kids:

  1. Before using for the first time, you should adjust the straps so that the backpack fits snugly to their upper back. It should not hang out from the back, and should not hang excessively below the waist.
  2. Distribute the weight of the bag evenly across the back, by spreading the load out, you’re putting less strain on the back.
  3. Make sure they’re using both straps. Only using one puts unnecessary strain on the back and also on the backpack itself.
  4. A full backpack should be no more than 15% of the weight of the wearer.

Let’s take a look at some of the top school bags on offer across your favourite brands.

Jansport Big Student 2019 | €70.00 , €59.95 | All Star Offer – The Latest For Less

This Jansport Big Student Backpack is so spacious it meets all needs from student laptops to sporting gear to kids school lunchboxes.  The 4 compartments and further water bottle holder are particularly useful for keeping items separate on the go. Another huge benefit is it comes with a lifetime warranty.

Fabric Composition 

600 Denier Polyester | One of the most utilized fabrics when manufacturing bags and is very durable with a high degree of thickness.


43cm x 33cm x 25cm



Feature 1

Ergonomic S-curve shoulder straps | Ergonomic meaning it is designed for efficiency and comfort.

Feature 2

Front utility pocket with organiser

Feature 3 

Fully padded back panel | Comfort against your back when carrying the school bag.

Feature 4

Two large main compartments

Feature 5

Side water bottle pocket


Under Amour Scrimmage 2.0 Backpack | €40.00 , €34.95 | All Star Offer – The Latest For Less

The Under Armour Gametime School Bag is made from UA Storm technology which repels water while maintaining breath-ability. A soft lined sleeve can hold a laptop up to 15″.

Fabric Composition 

100% Polyester |  A strong and tough material for little kids, polyester backpacks also hold colour well and are affordable.  


47cm x 32cm x 17cm



Feature 1

UA Storm technology | Basically water resistant ‘ Water Rolls Right Off ‘

Feature 2

Soft-lined laptop sleeve

Feature 3 

2 zip-shut main compartments with internal organisation pockets

Feature 4

Adjustable HeatGear shoulder straps | Designed to regulate body temperature

Feature 5

Padded back panel for total comfort


Nike Heritage 2.0 Backpack | €35.00 , €27.95 | All Star Offer – The Latest For Less

The Nike Heritage 2.0 Backpack has a simple and functional design with a large compartment and Internal sleeve can store up to a 15″ laptop. Its ultra-durable design features padded shoulder straps for comfort when you’re on the go.

Fabric Composition 

100% Polyester | A strong and tough material for little kids, polyester backpacks also hold colour well and are affordable. 


43cm x 33cm x 25cm



Feature 1

Densely woven polyester provides heavyweight support

Feature 2

Zippered main compartment for secure storage

Feature 3 

Internal sleeve can store up to a 15″ laptop

Feature 4

Internal sleeve can store up to a 15″” laptop

Feature 5

Haul loop at the top for an alternative carrying option

Feature 6 

Shoulder straps and back panel are padded for comfort



See all out latest offers such as All Stars the latest for less and Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price on Back To School essentials here

Intersport Elverys Kickstart Rugby & Charity Initiatives

Intersport Elverys, through our partnership with Canterbury, are delighted to announce that we are now the official sports retail partner of the IRFU, meaning the new Irish Rugby gear will be available at Intersport Elverys from August. INTERSPORT Elverys has been at the heart of rugby since the company’s inception serving players and fans alike including sponsorship of the Provincial game as well as national teams and are delighted to be in a position to extend their involvement with Canterbury & Irish Rugby. Intersport Elverys are committed now more than ever to help support organisations hugely challenged by loss of funding (charity piece now closed).

Kickstart Rugby

Our Kickstart rugby initiative aims to help clubs and schools bounce back by raising vital funds needed to continue their activities for the season ahead. We are giving every affiliate club and school across the four provinces the opportunity to apply for a Kickstart rugby package. The successful Clubs and School will receive kit to the value of €5,000, International match tickets, signed jerseys and more. Enter HERE. T&C’s Apply.

Charity Partner (Closed)

MORE EXCITING NEWS! Intersport Elverys are on the lookout for a charity partner. Applications to be the new charity partner of Intersport Elverys are now open!

Our aim is to make a real difference by tapping into the power of sport and through the involvement of players and fans, and the association of the INTERSPORT Elverys brand, to help raise awareness as well as vital funds for a charitable cause. Intersport Elverys will look to support the successful charity with a six-figure funding donation as well as a schedule of rights, including access to Home International match tickets, pitch-side branding, and a mascot place. Entries are now closed.

Keep an eye out on Intersport Elverys social channels over the coming weeks and months for updates on the new IRFU kit, giveaways, videos and much more!

The Best Home Workout Without Equipment | Elverys

Working out at home with no equipment? We’ve teamed up with Cavan LGFA player Aishling Sheridan who is also a Certified Athletic Therapist & Trainer, Online Personal Trainer & Nutrition coach to bring our audience a body weight workout that can easily be done at home, in the gym or wherever you have space.

This is a quick body weight workout that is easy to follow, requires no equipment and can be done in the comfort of your home.


40 seconds ON 20 seconds OFF for 4 rounds.

Take a minute rest in between each round
*note you can add weights to some of these exercises if you’d like.


1. Body weight squats(40 ON , 20 OFF)

2. Shoulder taps(40 ON , 20 OFF)

3. Mountain Climbers(40 ON , 20 OFF)

4. Reverse lunge(40 ON , 20 OFF)

5. Knees to stand(40 ON , 20 OFF)

This is a great workout for burning calories and really getting the heart rate up. Let us know how you get on with it.

WATCH Aishling demonstrate the workout in the video below;

See the latest in training on our website HERE