Northern Ireland players inspire Newtownabbey pupils

Fresh from their recent win to secure qualification for next summer’s European Football Championships, Danielle Maxwell and Kerry Beattie visited Hazelwood Integrated College on May 6 to inspire the next generation of female athletes.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 5:02 pm

During their visit to the Whitewell Road school, Danielle amd Kerry held a question and answer session with a group of Hazelwood girls who have a keen interest in football.

Many of the Hazelwood students in attendance play football at club level and one student, Cerys Madden plays in the Northern Ireland Under-17 squad.

The Northern Ireland stars gave an insight into their weekly regime, recounted the qualification journey, explained their personal experiences and detailed how they have progressed to such a high level.

Casey Duffy, Kerry Beattie, Cerys Madden, Amy McGuinness, Danielle Maxwell and Holly Otter.

A spokesperson for the school said: “It was very motivational for our students to hear Danielle and Kerry speak, especially as some of the students actually knew the players from the club scene and could relate to their stories.

“As the girls have just qualified for the Euros in 2022 it was inspirational for our students to hear their views.”

Hazelwood Vice Principal Mrs Alix Jackson addeed: “We would like to thank Danielle and Kerry for giving up their time and visiting the college. They are amazing role models for our young people.

“Both spoke with honesty about their journey and demonstrated how hard work and determination really pays off.

“We wish them every success in their individual careers and for the Euro 2022 finals next summer.”

Kenny Shiels’s side made history to qualify for a tournament after a two-legged play-off victory over Ukraine in April.

During their visit to the Whitewell Road school, Danielle amd Kerry held a question and answer session with a group of Hazelwood girls who have a keen interest in football.

Many of the Hazelwood students in attendance play football at club level and one student, Cerys Madden plays in the Northern Ireland Under-17 squad.

The Northern Ireland stars gave an insight into their weekly regime, recounted the qualification journey, explained their personal experiences and detailed how they have progressed to such a high level.

A spokesperson for the school said: “It was very motivational for our students to hear Danielle and Kerry speak, especially as some of the students actually knew the players from the club scene and could relate to their stories.

“As the girls have just qualified for the Euros in 2022 it was inspirational for our students to hear their views.”

Hazelwood Vice Principal Mrs Alix Jackson addeed: “We would like to thank Danielle and Kerry for giving up their time and visiting the college. They are amazing role models for our young people.

“Both spoke with honesty about their journey and demonstrated how hard work and determination really pays off.

“We wish them every success in their individual careers and for the Euro 2022 finals next summer.”

Kenny Shiels’s side made history to qualify for a tournament after a two-legged play-off victory over Ukraine in April.

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