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Girls bank on 11 aside competiton

The Northern Ireland Schools Football Association has teamed up with Danske Bank to provide a girls 11 aside competition this year. 

This year the girls 11 a side competition was held in 5 regions across Northern Ireland.  There were 27 teams involved in the competitions with over 416 girls participating in the regional heats with the winners advancing to the girls 11aside finals in January. 

In the first of the regional heats at Ulster University Coleraine, Lisneal College and St Mary’s College excelled with St Mary’s eventually running out group winners.

Last year’s winners St Louise’s College Belfast booked their place in the finals winning in a very tight match against St Genevieve’s, Belfast in the Belfast/ Antrim heat.  In the Tyrone and Fermanagh heat Holy Cross showed their strength and numbers with their A team having to play their B team in the final. Holy Cross College will be representing Tyrone and Fermanagh at the finals.

In the Down heat in Londonderry park St Joseph’s proved too strong winning their section and not dropping a point against the likes of Glenlola College and Strangford High School. Clounagh Junior High will be representing the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon are in the finals of the school girls 11 aside competitions which will be played at Allen Park on the 17th January 2018.

The competition aims to give school girls more opportunities at playing 11 aside football, growing and learning the laws of the game. This is the first year Northern Ireland Schools Football Association has collaborated with the competition with the hope that the competition can  go from strength to strength in the coming years. 

Laurelhill achieve gold schools quality mark

Laurelhill achieve Gold Quality Mark

Laurelhill Community College have become the third post primary school in Northern Ireland to be awarded the IFA Gold School Quality Mark.  The School Quality Mark is a vital aspect of the IFA’s Let them Play Strategy, it strives to improve structures in primary and post primary schools to allow schools football to flourish.  The quality mark was first launched in Laurelhill Community College in January 2016 with more than 20 schools achieving one of the three levels of accreditation.

Laurelhill teacher Mark Watson is delighted the school has been recognised for their continued development of football in the school “This is the highest achievement that a school can gain, Laurelhill always strives for excellence not just in the classroom but on the sporting field. We offer both A and B teams from Year 8-14 which compete in the Lisburn League, Belfast and Northern Ireland Cup competitions, we also offer girls football from u12 – u18 with 1 team in each year group.  We have extensive facilities with our gravel pitch to be converted to a full size 3G and a 9 a side 3G next summer.  The school has based its approach on participation however has had success in schools competitions over the years including winning the NISFA U16 Cup and the IFA U15 futsal cup.”

 

Northern Ireland to Host 2017 Victory Shield Tournament

This year’s Victory Shield tournament will be staged in Northern Ireland – and organised by the Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association.

NISFA said it is delighted to be hosting the Under-16 Schoolboys international competition, which is run by the Schools’ Association Football International Board.

The 72nd Victory Shield will be staged from 22 October to 27 October, with all games being played at Crusaders FC’s Seaview Stadium in Belfast and at the Bangor Fuels Arena, home of Ards FC and Bangor FC.

Northern Ireland have only won the shield once – in 2000-01 – since the current version was set up in 1947. England have not entered for the past couple of years, so Northern Ireland’s U16s will be facing Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland in next month’s tournament.

The Victory Shield was presented to SAFIB in 1947 to mark, as suggested by its title, victory by the Allies in World War II - and has been played for continuously since then. In the past the Under-16s version of the home international championship has showcased several up and coming stars. Current Northern Ireland internationals Steven Davis, Jonny Evans and Aaron Hughes all played in the competition as well as the likes of Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney.

NISFA chairman Paul Kerr said: “Three years ago the competition changed its format from playing games over the season to a week-long tournament hosted by one of the participating countries and this year, for the first time, it’s Northern Ireland’s turn to host it.

“I would like to thank the Local Organising Committee who have freely volunteered their time and expertise to ensure the tournament will be a success.

“I would encourage everyone to come to the games and give our world-renowned support to our up and coming stars.”

SAFIB Victory Shield 2017 Match Schedule

Monday 23 October 1pm

Scotland v Wales

Seaview Stadium

Monday 23 October 3pm

Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland

Bangor Fuels Arena

Wednesday 25 October 11am

Wales v Republic of Ireland

Bangor Fuels Arena

Wednesday 25 October 1pm

Northern Ireland v Scotland

Seaview Stadium

Friday 27 October 1pm

Republic of Ireland v Scotland

Bangor Fuels Arena

Friday 27 October 5pm

Wales v Northern Ireland

Bangor Fuels Arena 

Schools Football back in action

Schools football gets back into action this week and Edwin Ferris, Northern Ireland Schools Competition Convener, is expecting that there will be a surge of interest in the national competitions.  “Last season we had a record number of entries for all the competitions and I anticipate that the level of interest will be even greater this time.  We have already been contacted by some schools wishing to participate for the first time.  This season the 16 strongest teams will be seeded and will enter the competition at the third round while the unseeded teams will play down to 16” added Edwin.

 

With so many schools from all over the Province participating in these events it is necessary for the competitions to start early in the season and the Competition Convener reminds schools that the closing date for entry to

Under 12                    Northern Ireland Minor Cup

Under 14                    Northern Ireland Intermediate Cup

Under 16                    Northern Ireland Youth Cup

Under 18                    Northern Ireland Senior Cup

is Friday 8th September.

 

Entries should be sent to
Edwin Ferris

49 Mount Merrion Park

BELFAST BT6 0GA

and any teacher requiring further details can contact him by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Edwin Ferris

(NISFA Press Officer)

King's Park Secure Gold Accreditation

King’s Park Primary and Nursery School in Lurgan has become the first primary school in Northern Ireland to achieve a Gold Award under the Irish Football Association’s School Quality Mark programme.

Through the programme the association strives to maximise the number of schoolchildren exercising and playing football, enhance grassroots football, build capacity in schools and develop school and club links.

Irish FA Foundation Schools Manager Jonathan Michael said he was delighted to announce King’s Park as the first gold standard primary school under the School Quality Mark programme.

He pointed out: “King’s Park play in a variety of competitions throughout the year and always give the pupils the opportunity to participate. To be the first primary school to achieve the gold accreditation shows the school’s focus on football and the commitment of the staff to go above and beyond to provide after-school activities. 

“King’s Park’s structures and processes will be used as examples of best practice to assist other schools in gaining a quality mark accreditation.”

The Lurgan school won two national football finals this year (NISFA five-a-side and NISFA large school seven-a-side) and they are also Northern Ireland cross-country boys’ champions for the third year running and, for the first time, NI cross-country girls’ champions.

“The promotion of sport and in particular of football for both boys and girls has been very much part of our school’s development plan over recent years. King’s Park has a long history of producing footballers who have gone on to play at senior level in the Irish League and beyond,” said Ashton Shields, head of football at King’s Park.

“Over recent years we have developed a number of partnerships through which we have encouraged sporting excellence at all levels in our school. The catalyst for much of our recent success was the construction in 2012 of a full-size Multi-Use Games Area within our school grounds. 

“This surface has proved to be a major asset in developing all pupil participation, enjoyment of active learning and in coaching the finer skills over a wide range of sports, football being a major beneficiary.”

He also pointed out several teachers at the school have Irish FA coaching qualifications which are transferable to other sports, while football is a major ingredient of King’s Park’s extensive after school clubs programme. Futsal is also now part of that programme.

He explained Irish FA coaching and development personnel have been working in the school for several years - and their input has been greatly valued by staff and children alike.

The head of football further revealed Lurgan-based Irish Premiership side Glenavon have been “extremely encouraging” and have provided the school with coaches ranging from Level One to UEFA A and Pro level coaches. And another local side, Lurgan Town, have also played their part in developing the skills of the pupils attending King’s Park.

NI U15 girls ready for Bob Docherty tournament

Bob Docherty Cup | U15 Girls’ International

 Press Release: Thursday, April 6, 2017

 Republic of Ireland to host Bob Docherty Cup

 

FAI SCHOOLS will welcome their counterparts from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to the impressive surrounds of the AUL Complex in Clonshaugh this weekend.

 The International tournament will cater for the best U15 Schools’ players in their respective jurisdictions. The four day event will kick off on Sunday evening, April 9 at 6pm.

 As host nation, the Republic of Ireland have invited club representatives Shelbourne Ladies to participate in this year’s event. Last season saw hosts Wales invite their younger age group (2001) to compete alongside their 2002 Select in Dragon Park. Similarly, a MGL Select participated in this tournament when FAI Schools last facilitated the competition.

 This will be the fourth occasion for the FAI Schools Association to play host having previously catered for the event as far back as 2004 in Co. Clare when Scotland secured the title for a second consecutive year. Four years later it was the turn of Salthill Devon FC, Galway which saw Michael Gallagher’s Captain Olivia Smartt (Mount Sackville) lift the Cup for the Republic of Ireland.

 Alongside Smartt that day were colleagues Megan Campbell (Our Lady’s College, Drogheda), Ciara Grant (Loreto Convent, Letterkenny), Dora Gorman (Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill), Ciara O’Brien (St. Angela’s Waterford) and Aileen Gilroy (St. Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross).  It was the Republic’s fourth title win having captured the Cup the previous year in Wrexham (2007) and Ballymena (2005 and 2002).

 2010 was the last occasion in which the Republic of Ireland were crowned Champions as Keeva Keenan (St. Michael’s SS, Finglas), Jessica Gargan (St. Finian’s CC, Swords), Amy O’Connor (St. Vincent’s SS, Cork), Aisling Frawley (St. Angela’s Waterford), Chelsea Noonan (Christ King Girls’ SS, Cork), Amber Barrett (Loreto CS, Milford) and Roma McLaughlin (Moville CC) all starred for the Schools outfit.  

 The Clonshaugh venue last hosted in 2012 when Northern Ireland sealed an impressive two in-a-row. It will be interesting to see if home advantage will help Counihan and her team this time around. The Limerick native has managed the squad for the last four seasons with a runners up medal in the Bob Docherty Cup in 2016, 2015 and 2014. She may be due a gold at this stage of development!

 As well as the Irish players donning the Irish jersey, it will be a massive occasion for Shelbourne Ladies, who will no doubt relish the opportunity afforded to them. The club have tasted recent success having captured the FAI Women’s U16s Cup last weekend with a victory over a much fancied Enniskerry in Home Farm FC, Whitehall.

 Many of the players involved last week for Shels will line out for the Republic of Ireland with Ellie Ferguson (Coláiste na nInse, Bettystown), Emily Whelan (Ardgillan CC) who picked up POTM in that U16 Cup tie, Jessica Ziu (Larkin CC), Mia Dodd (Presentation SS, Warrenpoint) and Taylor White (St. Dominic’s College, Cabra) all selected for Lorraine Counihan’s side. Ironically Enniskerry club-mates Shauna Carroll and Club Captain Nadine Clare will line out alongside the quintet on Sunday when the Republic of Ireland face Wales in their opening match.

 Shelbourne Manager Casey McQuillan will opt for a new look side as he enters the contest with a select from 2001, 2002 and 2003 at his disposal. The club will have a series opener as they face defending Champions England on Sunday evening. The crunch encounter will provide him with an opportunity to assess his players on the big occasion before they take on Northern Ireland on Monday evening.

 Counihan will be without the services of her most influential starlet as Éabha O’Mahony (Mount Mercy College, Cork) was ruled out last month haven taken ill with appendicitis while on International duty with Dave Bell’s U17s. The youngster is recovering well but unfortunately won’t make a return for this campaign. The Irish will however be boosted by the return of last season’s duo Zara Foley (Ballincollig CS) and Jessica Ziu (Larkin CC). Counihan will reply on their experience to settle the team ahead of the tournament showcase against the Welsh Dragons. 

Wales will come into this tie with some notable players making a welcome return. Lucy Attwood played for their first team in Dragon Park last season with colleague’s Ellie Mai Sanford, Hayley Hoare, Grace Corne, Aneeka Bardsley, goalkeeper Deanna Lewis and Jasmine Simpson all featuring for their second tier squad and making the step up this season. Head Coaches Kat Lovett and Matthew Clement will be hoping that the girls can upset the hosts with a full three points to kick start their campaign on the right note. 

Scotland would like to emulate the success that their U19s are currently having at the Elite Phase in Limerick when they enter the fray on Monday evening against the Republic of Ireland. The squad have been selected since January and have enjoyed an excellent campaign thus far with a number of competitive friendlies under their belt as well as their annual trip to Jersey which reaped dividends for David Thomson’s charges. Mearns Castle High scholar Cara Henderson will make a return from their 2016 squad and will be one to watch out for come match day!

Defending Champions England will see Claire Robinson at the helm this season ably assisted by Stephanie Libby and the experienced Andy Williams. The well-polished unit enjoyed a training camp in Porto this season as well a number of competitive outings against some top class opposition.  Their preparations were hampered slightly by the late withdrawal of Molly Bull due to injury which will see only 15 players make the trip to Dublin.

Northern Ireland will make the short journey South to Dublin with a startling six squad members making another appearance at the Bob Docherty Cup as Leah McAvoy, Joely Andrews, Carla Devine, Aimee Lee Peachey, Rachel McLaren and Jessica Magee all feature for Gail Redmond’s side.  The Northerners will have an opportunity to review the Shelbourne crew on Sunday before they feature against them on Monday evening. The next test will be England on Tuesday afternoon before the play-off’s Wednesday morning.

The Bob Docherty Cup is always highly contested with some very close calls in recent years. The Republic of Ireland just missed out on the silverware last season as England’s Holly Manders’ second half strike was the only difference between the two sides.  

The competition has seen four of the five nations lift the title in its 15 year history. Top of the leader board is Scotland with six titles to their credit (2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2013, 2015) closely followed by the Republic of Ireland on five (2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010). Could Counihan and her Schools’ Select match the Scottish record on Wednesday morning with the final day of competition kicking off early? They will have to overcome the challenge of Wales and Scotland first and that’s no easy feat as both sides are quality opposition who too have their eye on the top prize.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND | Ria McPhilbin (Coláiste Iognáid), Courtney Maguire (St. Laurence's College, Loughlinstown), Mia Dodd (Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount), Ellie Ferguson (Coláiste na hInse, Laytown), Nadine Clare & Shauna Carroll (both Loreto Secondary School, Foxrock), Taylor White (St. Dominic’s College, Cabra), Jessica Ziu (Larkin CC, Cathal Brugha Street), Kayla Brady (Wilson's Hospital School, Multyfarnham), Aoibheann Clancy (Presentation Secondary School, Thurles), Zara Foley (Ballincollig Community School), Sophie Liston (Scoil Mhuire agus Ide, Newcastle West), Kelsey Munroe (Ballinrobe Community School), Kate O’Dowd (St. Nathy’s College, Ballaghaderreen), Emilia Koziel (Dominican College, Taylor’s Hill), Muireann Devaney (St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton), Anna Fahey (St. Paul’s Secondary School, Oughterard), Emily Whelan (Ardgillan Community College, Balbriggan)

MANAGEMENT | Lorraine COUNIHAN, Manager (Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant), Maureen O’DONNELL, Assistant Manager (Deele College, Raphoe), Richard BERKELEY, Coach (Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh), David ROONEY, GK Coach, Aoife BURKE, Physio, Aoife LYNCH, Video Analyst

 SHELBOURNE LADIES FC | Jodie Leavy, Shannon Guildea, Nicole Keogh, Jess Carroll, Jodie McQuillan, Sarah O’Sullivan, Kerri Duffy, Chloe Johnston, Faye Larkin, Lucy Edwards, Lara Walshe, Taylor Massey, Simone Peat, Sophie Murray, Rebecca Cooke, Emma Ring, Zoe Leonard, Ellen Tester

MANAGEMENT | Casey McQuillan, Karen O’Connell, Keith Hennessy, Stephen Gray, Jason Dunbar, Kayleigh Cooling, Rebecca Fitzsimons

 WALES | Lucy Attwood, Aneeka Bardsley, Grace Burke, Grace Corne, Grace Godwin, Phoebe Hampson, Hayley Hoare, Carrie Jones, Cerys Jones, Ellen Jones, Deanna Lewis, Esther Morgan, Ellie-Mai Sanford, Elena Scrivens, Jasmine Simpson, Josie Smith, Samantha Wynne, Anna Bebb

MANAGEMENT | Matthew Clement, Kat Lovett, Loren Dykes, Jack Long, Charlotte Preen, Clare Daley, Wayne Peter, Josh Harfoot, Garther Rogers, Alan Morgan

 NORTHERN IRELAND | Jenna Corry, Fi Morgan, Cara Mervyn, Rachel McLaren, Jessica Magee, Joely Andrews, Kerry Beattie, Toni Leigh Finnegan, Anna Wilson, Leah McAvoy, Carla Devine, Teegan Lynch, Jessica Rea, Eirinn Canavann, Aimelee Peachey, Kathryn McConnell, Lucy Andrews, Maddie Clifford,

MANAGEMENT | Gail Redmond, Danielle McDowell, Andy Smyth, Amie Campbell, Leah McCready.

 ENGLAND | Lucy Williamson, Arabella Suttie, Deerna Goodwin, Melissa Robertson, Emily Wallace, Jasmine McQuade, Emma Harries, Sophie Peskett, Gemma Lawley, Georgia Brown, Jess Brown, Abbie Fenton, Libby Gilmore, Sharna Wilkinson, Lexie Harrison

MANAGEMENT | Claire Robinson, Stephanie Libbey, Will Smith, Andy Williams, Hannah Cornell

 SCOTLAND | Georgia Crooks, Mhairi Crooks, Hannah Cunningham, Carly Girasoli, Cara Henderson, Rebecca McAllister, Philippa McCallum, Laura McCartney, Chelsea McEachran, Karsey McGlinchey, Kathleen McGovern, Rosie McQuillan, Aisha Maughen, Aaliyah Jay Meach, Hannah Scott, Eilidh Shore, Jodie Strachen, Alicia Yates

MANAGEMENT | David Thomson, Jim Bettley, Gillian Duffy, Mark Grant, Kirsty Hendry

 

FIXTURES

All fixtures will take place at the AUL Complex, Clonshaugh

 

Bob Docherty Cup Group Stages | U15 Girls’ International Tournament

Republic of Ireland vs Wales

Shelbourne vs England

Sunday, April 9, KO 6pm

 

Bob Docherty Cup Group Stages | U15 Girls’ International Tournament

Republic of Ireland vs Scotland

Shelbourne vs Northern Ireland

Monday, April 10, KO 6pm

 

Bob Docherty Cup Group Stages | U15 Girls’ International Tournament

Wales vs Scotland

Northern Ireland vs England

Tuesday, April 11, KO 2pm

 

Bob Docherty Cup Play-offs | U15 Girls’ International Tournament

5 vs 6

3 vs 4

Wednesday, April 12, KO 10.30am

 

Bob Docherty Cup Final | U15 Girls’ International Tournament

1 vs 2

Wednesday, April 12, KO 11.00am

 

 

Bob Docherty Cup | Roll of Honour

 

 

YEAR

WINNER

VENUE

2002

Republic of Ireland

Ballymena, Northern Ireland

2003

Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

2004

Scotland

Clare, Republic of Ireland

2005

Republic of Ireland

Ballymena, Northern Ireland

2006

Scotland

Dumfries, Scotland

2007***

Republic of Ireland

Wrexham, Wales

2008

Republic of Ireland

Salthill Devon, Galway

2009

Scotland

Belfast, Northern Ireland

2010

Republic of Ireland

Glasgow, Scotland

2011

Northern Ireland

Cardiff, Wales

2012

Northern Ireland

AUL Complex, Dublin

2013

Scotland

Shaws Bridge, Belfast

2014

England

Repton School, Derbyshire

2015

Scotland

Toryglen, Glasgow

2016

England

Dragon Park, Wales

2017

 

AUL Complex, Dublin

***

Renamed Bob Docherty Cup

Holy Cross Crowned Belfast 5aside Champions

"Belfast Primary Schools' Football Association held the annual Rainbow Communications Indoor 5-a-side competition at Shankill Leisure Centre.  Thirty-six schools entered the competition with six progressing to the final.  The finalists were Christ the Redeemer, Holy Cross, St. Clare's, St. Patrick's, St. Paul's and Seaview.  Holy Cross and St. Patrick's won all their matches but drew against each other so the winner was decided on goal difference.  Holy Cross are this year's champions.  We thank Rainbow Communications for their continued support of this competition." 

DANSKE BANK CONTINUES SUPPORT OF LOCAL SPORT WITH EXTENSION OF NISFA SPONSORSHIP

DANSKE BANK CONTINUES SUPPORT OF LOCAL SPORT WITH EXTENSION OF NISFA SPONSORSHIP

The Northern Ireland Schools Football Association (NISFA) has today announced an extension to its partnership with Danske Bank for this year’s Northern Ireland U18 Schools Cup.

The Danske Bank U18 Schools Cup is the largest schools competition in the country with 72 schools entering the competition this year.

NISFA Chairman, Paul Kerr, commented: “We are delighted to have Danske Bank agree to sponsor one of our competitions.  This year, we have changed the structure of the NI Schools Cup.  The Northern Ireland U18 cup is our biggest competition and we feel it should be on par with the other school’s finals on St. Patrick’s day.

“NISFA would like to thank Danske Bank for its continued support to schools football and we feel it is a partnership that can grow in years to come.  This year we have organised the U16 and U18 schools competitions so that both finals will take place on St. Patrick’s Day at the same venue. The U18 final will kick off in the morning and the U16 final takes place in the afternoon.

“We would also like to thank the BDSSA who kindly agreed to give up their St. Patricks Day U16 final to accommodate all the major sports in the country having their schools final on the same day the 17th of March.”

Mr Kerr also thanked the schools entering the competition, the teachers who freely gave up their time to coach the players, the parents who support and encourage their children and most importantly the boys who put in all the hard hours of training.

“This is a great opportunity for the schools to play at an Irish league ground in front of thousands of their supporters and peers and I would like to thank everyone who has come to cheer on their boys at this festival of football,” he added.

Ian Russell, Danske Bank Regional Manager commented: “At Danske Bank our youth partnerships are very important to us; from our support of this competition to our support of schools’ rugby and GAA we are committed to the development of young sporting talent across Northern Ireland. 

“And we are very proud of our association with NISFA; a look at the current Northern Ireland squad gives a clear indication of how boys have come through schools’ football, using it as a stepping stone to move into a professional playing career.

 

“We are also committed to supporting young people off the sports field and many of our staff visit schools regularly to deliver financial literacy modules through our SMART Partnership programme.”

Marlin steps down as Co Manager of u18

"I am sad not to be managing a Northern Ireland squad any longer as I have enjoyed it immensely and am a proud Norn Iron man. Frankie (Wilson) and I have been in position for 3 years and its been fantastic, its been a pleasure working with Frankie and so many talented young players, I will still be involved from afar but am leaving a top class group of staff in Frankie Wilson, Brian Donaghey, Eamon Curry and Bob Ramsey as well as an excellent support system from the NISFA Officers. 

The chance to work at Oldham Athletic at such a high level and in an exciting role (Head of First Team Analysis) was too good to turn down.

 I would like to thank all those who have helped me, in my various roles over the last 6 years working with the different Northern Ireland squads. I have taken immense pride in working on over 90 internationals for my country, with many of those as manager, its such a great honour and I will look back on it with great pride. 

 Perhaps in the future i will be more involved again. Michael (O'Neill) knows I will help where/when I can so no doubt I will still do some work on monitoring players and the like, whilst based in England now.' 

Schools Cup entries open

The Northern Ireland Schools Football Association has opened entries for the Schools cup.

 

1.       NISFA is again holding District Cup competitions at Years 8, 9 and 10.  They will be played (along with the Primary Schools Year 7 competition) on 5 APRIL 2017

 

2.       The age limits for the following school competitions are:-

Northern Ireland Under 12 Cup          OVER 11 AND UNDER 12 on 1st July 2016 (Year 8)

Northern Ireland Under 14 Cup          OVER 12 AND UNDER 14 on 1st July 2016 (Years 9 and 10)

Northern Ireland Under 16 Cup          OVER 14 AND UNDER 16 on 1st July 2016 (Years 11 and 12)

Northern Ireland Under 18 Cup          OVER 16 AND UNDER 18 on 1st July 2016 (Years 13 and 14)

In these competitions 16 schools will be seeded (based on past results) and will not enter the cups until the third round.  The other schools will play down to 16 over the first two rounds. Schools eliminated in the First or Second Round of a Cup competition will be entitled to apply to enter the equivalent Plate competition.  The winners and runners up in the Northern Ireland Under 14 Cup will represent Northern Ireland in the Inter Nations Schools Championship in Wales, in May 2017.

Please make your smaller secondary schools aware of the NISFA Small Secondary Schools (Enrolment under 40 boys in Year 9 and Year 11) Competitions.  Entry Forms for the NISFA U13 and U15 Small Secondary Schools Cups will be sent out in October.

 

          The closing date for entries for these competitions is NOON FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER 2016.

   For more information please contact  Edwin Ferris (EMAIL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Ross Redman (EMAIL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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