Rainey Endowed School was recently awarded funding from Sport NI through ‘Active Schools’ to deliver an after-schools football programme for primary schools in the local area.
The programme, known as ‘Rainey’s Shooting Stars’, is aimed at promoting and enhancing the development of girls’ football within the area and involves a unique partnership between the school, the Irish FA and a cluster of primary schools.
Through the unique project 15 girls at Rainey Endowed School have been trained in their IFA Level 1 Coaching Award and in February will deliver coaching sessions within the primary schools.
The programme will conclude with a festival of football at Moyola Football Club at the end of March.
Irish FA Women’s Domestic Football Manager, Sara Booth, said: “This project is an excellent example of partnership working and it is fantastic that Rainey Endowed School have chosen girls football as their focus sport.
“We hope that more girls will be encouraged to play football through this project and ultimately join one of their local clubs such as Moyola Park Ladies or Mid Ulster Ladies.”
PICTURED ABOVE: Rainey Endowed pupils Kirsty McLarnon and Rebecca Currie at the launch of Rainey’s Shooting Stars project at Moyola Park Football Club. with Sara Booth (IFA Women’s Domestic Football Manager), David Martin (IFA Vice President), Conleth Donnelly (Sport NI), Mark McCullough (Rainey Endowed Principal) and Carolyn Burns (Rainey Endowed PE teacher).