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Loreto students and Sports Academy, George students who contested a friendly football match recently - View Full Size Image
Loreto students and Sports Academy, George students who contested a friendly football match recently

A group from the Sports Academy from the township of George, South Africa spent a day at Loreto College on 7th October as part of their tour to Northern Ireland.

The Sports Academy group is based at Portstewart Baptist Church during its time in Northern Ireland.  With local schools fundraising to facilitate their tour, this was the group’s third visit to Loreto College: teams previously visited in 2010 (football) and 2011 (netball).  On this occasion, the Academy’s football team spent a day in Loreto College, with the College having fundraised on the 2015 Sports Day and by donating £1 to wear non-uniform PE kit for a day in early October.

The visiting team sang and danced in Assembly on the morning of their visit, then spent the day shadowing the Year 12-14 boys from the soccer team they played against during the afternoon.  As the Loreto Year 11-12 Gaelic team was playing a home fixture against Our Lady & St Patrick’s College, Knock, the boys were lucky enough to be able to watch a Gaelic Football match, and better still, the Loreto home side won!

After lunch in the Café Lorette, the team met a combined Year 12-14 Loreto soccer team in the afternoon, with a large crowd drawn out to watch the fixture on a sunny afternoon.  The Sports Academy side missed a penalty in the first half, and then Loreto conceded a goal in the second, in what turned out to be a very tight game, during which great sportsmanship was displayed.  Both teams prayed at the end of the match and gifts were exchanged as mementos of the visit. 

Mrs Maureen McCullough, Head of PE at Loreto College, described the occasion as memorable and exciting, and paid tribute to the students who had looked after the visiting team, in particular Year 14 students Thomas Magee (Sports Captain), James Gillen (Deputy Sports Captain) and Oran Barton.  Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, was delighted to welcome the Sports Academy group back to the College and thanked all those who had made such a memorable day possible.