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New Belfast school is a Model for the future

By Anne Madden

A new £26m school sporting world-class facilities was officially opened in north Belfast yesterday.

The new Belfast Boys’ Model School, on the Ballysillan Road, boasts a 3G floodlit soccer pitch, rugby pitch, 400 metre Tartan running track, fitness suite and 800 square metre sports hall. Its new facilities have allowed it to host the Manchester United soccer school this summer.

Former head boy, deputy Lord Mayor William Humphrey, joined politicians, educationalists, past and present pupils and community leaders to celebrate the opening of the new school which was described as a “learning hub for the entire community of north Belfast”.

“Like so many, I owe much to the dedication of the professional staff at the Boys’ Model,” he said.

“And in particular to former headmaster Ernie Davis.”

Specialist classrooms and a wet trades workshop for the study of construction skills are just some of the features of the new school.

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