Irish FA Elite Performance Director Jim Magilton, in conjunction with Vauxhall Northern Ireland, visited Dalriada School in Ballymoney to officially open the schools new 3G facility last week.
Local Vauxhall dealers Ian Lamount and David Boyd from Roadside Garage in nearby Coleraine where on hand to witness the opening.
The school is involved in the “Vauxhall after school coaching programme”, which benefits from the work of Irish FA Grassroots coach Wesley Gregg.
Dalriada was traditionally a rugby school but now through various Irish FA programmes including Small Sided Games and coach education programme, football is a going sport in the school.
Irish FA coach Wesley Gregg commended the school for their approach.
“Dalriada has been proactive in the association’s grassroots programmes and it is the centre for coach education now in the Ballymena, Ballymoney and Moyle areas and this new facility will help us to continue to deliver our programmes,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the school Head of Physical Education John Devlin said: “It’s a great honour to welcome Jim Magilton to the School. Football has become very popular within the school and this facility will help deliver programmes within the curriculum but also afterschool and for the local community.”
After the official opening Dalriada took on local neighbours Ballymoney High School in a friendly to mark the occasion. Ballymoney High School also currently participation in the “Vauxhall after School Coaching Programme”.