16th Newtownabbey boys aim for national success

The 16th Newtownabbey BB Masterteam - Mark Hetherington, Kyle McCauley, Jack McMahon and James Loney - receive their trophies from Walter Lambe (centre). INNT 14-501CON
The 16th Newtownabbey BB Masterteam - Mark Hetherington, Kyle McCauley, Jack McMahon and James Loney - receive their trophies from Walter Lambe (centre). INNT 14-501CON
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APRIL is a big month for boys of the 16th Newtownabbey Boys’ Brigade Company attached to the Belfast City Mission, Rathcoole.

After being crowned the Irish Region BB Masterteam winners, the Company’s team of four boys will travel to Kilmarnock in Scotland on Saturday, April 13 to compete against five other teams from Scotland, England and Wales in a bid to become UK Champions.

The following weekend (April 20) the Company badminton team will represent the Irish Region at the UK Finals, again against five other teams from Scotland, England and Wales. The competition final will take place at the UUJ Sports Centre in Jordanstown.

The following Friday (April 26), the 16th boys will head off to England for the Under 18 five-a-side football BB UK Finals, which are scheduled to take place in Nottingham on Saturday, April 27.

The boys’ success in getting to three national finals in the one month is thought to be a first for any Boys’ Brigade Company in the UK.

Meanwhile, the 16th Newtownabbey BB was due to hold its annual display on Friday, March 22 in Newtownabbey Community High School, but due to the adverse weather conditions it had to be cancelled.

The display went ahead on Wednesday, March 27 at the same venue and during the event three boys were presented with the second highest award in The Boys’ Brigade, the President’s Badge, by their fathers. The Company was also proud to see eight boys who’d gained the highest award in The Boys’ Brigade, the Queen’s Badge, receive their badges from their mothers.