September: Junior Football Kicks Off!!
October: After school football in full swing
Now that after school football is in full swing, even the heavy rains couldn't stop the talented young players of Cullybackey College. Mr Cowan put the boys through their paces with a variety of ball skill activities. To finish the session there was a penalty shoot out. Luke Johnston won this with three very convincing penalty kicks. Well done Luke!
September: Football continues to grow
Senior and Junior football continues to go from strength to strength at Cullybackey College. Large numbers of boys continue to turn out to training each Wednesday and Thursday. Junior football fixtures have already begun with both Year 8 and Year 9 in action in recent weeks. Year 10 kick off their season with a friendly fixture away to Parkhall on Thursday 3rd October whilst plans are already in place for senior games against local schools as well.
SENIORSeptember 2013: Boys' football kicks off at the College
Boys' football is up and running at the College, as budding 'Steven Gerrards' and 'Wayne Rooneys' graced the grass pitches this week for the first time. Training is open to all boys in Year 8, 9, 10 and 11 and takes place on the grass pitches each Wednesday afternoon after school. Pupils are reminded to bring boots and shin guards to training and remember, it's a 'Football for All' ethos so everybody is welcome. Football fixtures for all year groups will begin soon. Keep an eye on the PE noticeboards for more details!
Manchester United player at Cullybackey High School (2010)
For the past three weeks almost a dozen pupils from Years 8, 9 & 10 have been receiving coaching from a former Manchester United, Everton, Notts. Forest and N. Ireland international footballer.
Ex-United midfielder, Tommy Jackson has been visiting the school to pass on his wealth of knowledge to those pupils who've signed up for his five-week course in the School Gym.
Each week, from 3.30 to 5.30, Tommy gives the lads an idea of what it's like to be a professional footballer, putting them through many of the skills drills that are used at the top clubs.
At the end of each session there is a series of 3-a-side games – this turns out to be the most enjoyable AND competitive part of each session with pupils trying to 'put one over' on Tommy, Mr. Kelso and 'One Other.' It hasn't happened yet though!!
Mr. Kelso said at the end of one very exciting session, "We look forward to seeing the results of this coaching on the football pitches."