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Glentoran help Belfast Boys' Model School celebrate their most successful sporting year ever

Published 03/07/2015

Group Shot 4: (l-r) Joseph McMullan(15), current u15 NI International; Reece Maxwell (16), captain of the School’s Cup u16 team; Mark Green (13) captain of the Belfast School’s Cup u13 winning team and John Stewart (18), part of a Belfast Boys' Model marathon relay team.
Group Shot 4: (l-r) Joseph McMullan(15), current u15 NI International; Reece Maxwell (16), captain of the School’s Cup u16 team; Mark Green (13) captain of the Belfast School’s Cup u13 winning team and John Stewart (18), part of a Belfast Boys' Model marathon relay team.
Pictured top left - Reece Maxwell (16), captain of the School’s Cup u16 team and Joseph McMullan(15), current u15 NI International. Bottom left - Mark Green (13) captain of the Belfast School’s Cup u13 winning team and John Stewart (18), part of a Belfast Boys' Model marathon relay team.

Pupils and staff from Belfast Boys’ Model School have celebrated their most successful sporting year ever with a recent Sports Awards Day at the school.

The event was attended by former pupil Marcus Kane, current Glentoran player who also showed off the Irish Cup won by Glentoran this year. William Murphy, current assistant manager at Glenavon, also spoke to the boys and helped Marcus hand out awards.

The sporting year saw particular success on the football field with the school picking up the Under 16 Northern Ireland Senior Schools Cup following victory over Our Lady & St. Patrick’s College at a hard fought match at the Ballymena Showgrounds on April 29. It took a goal in extra time to separate the teams, which saw them bring the Malcolm Brodie trophy back to the Ballysillan Road for the first time since 2006.

This victory was followed up by success in the Belfast Schools Cup on May 20. The U13 team defeated Laurelhill 2-0 on the in the final played at Solitude.

Furthermore, teams from throughout the school enjoyed success in their respective Belfast and District League competitions. This success was evident when many Model players were selected to represent the Belfast and District Schoolboy teams from Under 12 to Under 18.

These displays illustrate why Belfast Boys’ Model is regarded as one of the best footballing schools in Northern Ireland. This is further evidenced by four players being selected to represent Northern Ireland at both u15 and u16 level this year.

This is on top of another pupil gaining a coveted soccer scholarship to a US University.

As if these successes on the football field were not enough, the school also entered 11 teams in the recent Belfast marathon relay, the largest number of teams entered by any organisation. The teams ran the relay to raise money for Cancer Focus, Help the Heroes and Alzheimer’s Research. The pupils and staff put in a great effort and raised over £2000 so far.

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