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Bangor Academy celebrates first ever IFA Gold Quality Mark Award.

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Bangor Academy celebrates first ever IFA Gold Quality Mark Award.It’s official, football is flourishing at Bangor Academy! A delegation from the Irish Football Association led by IFA President, David Martin, attended a special ceremony at  Bangor Academy to present the local school with the first ever Gold Quality Mark to be awarded in Northern Ireland.

The Irish Football Association  praised the school for the heritage of quality football it has cultivated and its continued innovation and commitment to grass roots football. The Academy was the first school in the history of the North Down League to win in all five age groups in 2016 and has enjoyed consistent success in progressing talented players into national teams. Currently Alex McIlmail and Jack Henderson are on the NI U16 and U18 squads respectively and the Academy has always been proud of the number of pupils who have successfully progressed into professional and or national football teams such as Josh Magennis, Ashleigh Hutton and Jamie Mulgrew to name but a few!   

Head of PE, Stuart Donald said;

“Feedback from the IFA recognised our local league success, the school’s impressive facilities and the development of a strong girls’ football culture – thriving under the expertise of Michelle Crawford (a classroom assistant in the Academy and Linfield Ladies coach). We really are benefitting from our collaboration with the IFA as we have put the new Futsal goals and balls to good use as we develop the technical and decision making skills required in Futsal – a new form of football introduced in PE lessons. We are also carefully planning how best to spend the £500 voucher for precision sports equipment that comes with the gold award status.”

Principal, Matthew Pitts said:

“Today has been a fabulous celebration of the commitment and most importantly the enjoyment of football in our school. I am so proud that The Academy is the province’s first school to achieve the IFA’s prestigious Gold Quality Mark  and the plaque will be displayed as a symbol of our passion for the beautiful game.”