Ballyclare Secondary achieves Academy Status

Stevie Began, Business Development Manager for Sports Leaders UK hands over a plaque to Ballyclare Secondary School PE teacher Miss Julieann Minnis and school principal Mrs Kathryn Bell. Also pictured is Christine Craig (right), Community Life Champion from Asda Ballyclare. INNT 22-024-PSB
Stevie Began, Business Development Manager for Sports Leaders UK hands over a plaque to Ballyclare Secondary School PE teacher Miss Julieann Minnis and school principal Mrs Kathryn Bell. Also pictured is Christine Craig (right), Community Life Champion from Asda Ballyclare. INNT 22-024-PSB

Ballyclare Secondary School has become the first school in Northern Ireland to achieve Academy Status from the national charity organisation, Sports Leaders UK.

Sports Leaders UK delivers sports leadership awards and qualifications to 200,000 people each year through a network of schools, colleges and local authorities. It acts as an awarding body, providing nationally recognised qualifications, and equips people with the skills to run sporting activities in the community.

The school, in conjunction with Sports Leaders UK and Asda, held a special celebration event on Wednesday, May 22 which was attended by pupils from several local primary schools and coaches and players from the world of cricket, rugby and football.

The award of Leadership Academy Status recognises the hard work of the governors, teaching staff and sports coaches at the school, who have worked tirelessly to achieve their goal.

“Sports Leaders UK recognises Ballyclare Secondary as a beacon of good practice and a shining example of a centre going the extra mile to support its learners,” a spokesperson commented.

“Ballyclare Secondary has earned this unique status because we have been able to demonstrate our commitment to the philosophy of Sports Leaders UK and the benefits of leadership to young people and the community,” a spokesperson for the school added.

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