Community Sports and Education Partnership

Ballymacash Sports Academy, Ballymacash Rangers FC and Laurelhill Community College Form Exciting Partnership to Empower Sports and Education.

Ballymacash Sports Academy, Ballymacash Rangers FC and Laurelhill Community College are thrilled to announce their new community partnership. This collaboration will bring together the best of sports, community development and education, aiming to create a vibrant environment for aspiring athletes to excel both on the field and in their studies.

The partnership, forged with a shared vision of empowering young talent and fostering community development, marks a significant milestone for both organisations. By leveraging their respective strengths, Ballymacash Sports Academy, Ballymacash Rangers FC and Laurelhill Community College will provide unparalleled opportunities for athletes and students alike.

Through this partnership, the Ballymacash Sports Academy will work closely with Laurelhill Community College to enhance their training programs, offering exclusive access to the new state-of-the-art facilities currently being built at The Bluebell Sports Village and resources. This collaboration will enable athletes to receive top-tier training, giving them the tools, they need to reach their full potential.

Moreover, Laurelhill Community College students will have the unique opportunity to engage in mentorship programs, internships, and practical learning experiences that will contribute to their personal and professional growth. The partnership will facilitate the exchange of ideas, expertise, and resources, fostering a culture of innovation and excellence within both institutions.

By aligning their objectives, Ballymacash Rangers FC and Laurelhill Community College are committed to promoting sportsmanship, teamwork, and academic success. They will jointly develop initiatives to engage the local community, such as sports camps, coaching clinics, and charitable events. These activities will not only benefit aspiring athletes but will also inspire and motivate the wider community to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

“We are thrilled to embark on this exciting partnership with Laurelhill Community College,” said Neil Woolsey, Chairman of Ballymacash Rangers FC. ” Ballymacash Rangers FC has long been a cornerstone of the local community. Our shared commitment to and making a positive impact in our community is at the core of this collaboration. There have been many students from Laurelhill Community College make an impact at Ballymacash Rangers both on and off the pitch over the years, and this partnership can only strengthen this for the future, as we continue our journey in the NI Football League”.

“As a school we are very excited with this new project aimed at helping all pupils within Laurelhill and the Ballymacash Community” explains Mark Watson, Head of PE at Laurelhill Community College.

“As a school we have a rich sporting and football tradition, and we are the only school in Lisburn to have won the Schools Cup in Football in 2010. Our aim is to improve the academic and sporting ability of all our pupils and this project will help cement this.”

Phil Trimble, Ballymacash Sports Academy says ‘The original vision of the sports academy was to be able to develop these great partnerships with local schools and community groups. Today’s announcement with Laurelhill is fantastic news for the entire local area and the passion and desire of everyone involved to raise the standards of both the facilities and learning opportunities for young people will have significant benefits for years to come. ‘