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NI U18's start Centenary shield preparation

Northern Ireland U18 International team start their Centenary shield preparation with a visit to Jersey and Guernsey.  The schoolboy team will play Guernsey on Tuesday 2nd February and then Jersey on Thursday 4th February.  Co-managers Frankie Wilson and Conor Marlin have chosen a 18 man squad to travel for the two friendly games and feel that it is an essential period to bond the players before kicking off the centenary shield on Friday 26th February away to Scotland.

 The 18 man squad can be seen below:

Jack Ferguson - Larne High 
Reece Kane - Belfast Met
Adam McCracken - Ballyclare High
Josh Connery - Our Lady and St Patricks Knock
Caolan Marron - St Paul's High Bessbrook
Karl Hamill - Bangor Academy 
Reece Neale - South East Regional College
Ronan Wilson - St Joseph's Derry 
Patrick Cafolla - Our Lady and St Patricks Knock 
Ronan Young - St Pius X College Magherafelt 
Jonny McGaw - Belfast Met 
Lloyd Anderson - Belfast Met 
Sean Toland - North West Regional College 
Ryan Nimich - Belfast Met 
Matt Henry - Larne Grammar 
David Parkhouse - St Joseph's Derry 
Matthew Shelvin - Ballymena Academy 
Curtis Crawford - Larne Grammar 



Inspiresport U13 small schools cup

First Round 

Fivemiletown  v St Patricks (Dungiven)

Quarter Finals 

Devenish  v Rathfriland 
St Patricks (Lisburn) v Newry High School
Aughnaloy college         v Fivemiletown or St Patricks (Dungiven)
St Colmcille's (Crossgar)  v St Colman's (Ballynahinch)

Inspiresport U15 small secondary schools cup

Quarter finals

Devenish College v St Colmcille's (Crossgar)
Colaiste Feirste  v Fivemiletown 
St Colms (Draperstown) v Rathfriland 
St Colmans (Ballynahinch) v Newry High School 

Semi Finals

St Colman's (Ballynahinch or Newry High School v Colaiste Feirste or Fivemiletown
St Colm's (Draperstown) or Rathfriland v Devenish College or St Colmcillee's (Crossgar)

Schools football gets banking boost

The Northern Ireland Schools’ Football Association (NISFA) has been boosted by the forming of a new partnership with Danske Bank.  

Danske Bank has come in as the sponsor of this year’s Northern Ireland under 18 schoolboys’ team and will also sponsor the Danske Bank Belfast district senior cup final on St. Patrick’s Day.  
The Chairman of NISFA, Paul Kerr was thrilled with the addition of a new partner, “It is great that Danske Bank have come on board with us, as a volunteer organisation we try our best to give young people in Northern Ireland the best opportunity to play schools football. We feel that partners like Danske Bank can only help maximise schools and schoolboy international football. We would especially like to thank Stephen Bloomfield and Nicola McCleery of Danske Bank for their help in the process.” 
Noel McKnight, Chairman of the Belfast and District Secondary Schools FA also welcomed the new partnership, “The Belfast & District Secondary Schools FA is delighted that Danske Bank has invested in schools football and will be the named partner of this year’s Danske Bank Belfast district schools cup final on St. Patrick’s Day. The Belfast district would also like to thank NISFA for their endeavour in sourcing lucrative sponsors such as Danske Bank.”  
Stephen Bloomfield, Deputy Managing Director of Personal Banking at Danske Bank said, “Supporting and investing in youth sport is immensely important to Danske Bank. We are very proud of our existing youth partnerships with Danske Bank Schools’ Cup rugby and Danske Bank Ulster Colleges' GAA and are delighted to add our partnership with Northern Ireland Schools' Football Association to this. We wish this year’s Northern Ireland under 18 schoolboys’ team and all the teams in the Danske Bank Belfast district senior cup the best of luck.”
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