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Wednesday 07 Nov 2018
Translink Schools' Gold Cup: Heavy rain in Ballymena leaves pitches unplayable

Finals Day for the inaugural Translink Schools’ Gold Cup competition has been postponed.

Eight schools were due to battle it out in a series of finals/play-off games at Ballymena Showgrounds today, however the pitches were deemed unplayable following an inspection. Heavy rain overnight left several inches of water on top of the playing surfaces.

The new Translink-backed competition involves the eight post-primary schools in Northern Ireland who have been awarded the Gold Schools Quality Mark accreditation by the Irish FA Foundation.

Finals Day - it is currently being rearranged – will decide the winners of trophies in three age groups (U13, U15, U17) plus an overall winner.

The post-primary schools that have been taking part in the inaugural competition are: Bangor Academy, St Columb’s College (Derry-Londonderry), Boys’ Model School (Belfast), Laurelhill Community College (Lisburn), St Malachy’s College (Belfast), Our Lady and St Patrick’s College (Belfast), Ashfield Boys (Belfast) and Holy Cross College (Strabane).

The Schools Quality Mark accreditation supports schools to put structures in place to develop football.