Marissa Callaghan, NI Women’s Team Captain Visits New-Bridge


New-Bridge College Release:

On hearing the exciting news that the Northern Ireland Women’s football team had qualified for Euro 2022, New-Bridge College was keen to celebrate this momentous and historic occasion.

Mrs Anderson met with Year 11 student Molly Hoey who plays for the U17 NI team and plans were put in place to invite team captain, Marissa Callaghan to visit the College. Molly reached out to Marissa who responded immediately that she would be delighted to accept the invitation.

We are intensely proud that five of our New-Bridge students play for Northern Ireland in their age group and we were keen to raise the profile and achievements of our own girls and celebrate their talents and skills.

Ruby Adair, U13, Eva McMaster U14, Maisy Whiteside U15, Rhianna Breen U15 and Molly Hoey U17

The girls were very excited about the visit and formed part of the welcoming committee, in their Northern Ireland kits along with Mrs Anderson, Mr Walker, Head of PE and members of the PE department. Our New-Bridge girls looked so professional in their Northern Ireland kit.

Marissa Callaghan, NI Women’s Team Captain Visits New-BridgeAfter being greeted by a Year 8 Guard of Honour, Marissa wasted no time in meeting with our Year 8 girls to conduct a number of drills. Marissa continued this schedule in turn for two hours with students from Year 9 and then Year 10. Marissa was very generous with her time in talking to the different groups of students about her own accomplishments.

At the end of the sessions, Molly, Rhianna, Maisie and Eva took the opportunity to ask Marissa some questions which they had devised themselves and they then shared some reflections on their own feelings about the recent success of the NI Women’s Team.

Some quotes from our New-Bridge students which sum up the impact Marissa’ visit has had:

“Marissa is such a good role model for young girls like me” (Erin Year 8)

“I felt really inspired by Marissa, she has achieved a lot in her football career and I look up to her so much” (Zara)

I really enjoyed the drills….” (Victoria)

I appreciated the fact that Marissa took time to visit our school and teach us some football drill and tricks – so glad I got the opportunity to meet her (Mollie)

Marissa has inspired me to believe in myself (Keely)

Today was super fun, I now know how to head a ball and dribble properly! (Cara)

Mrs Anderson said that Marissa is a great role model for our girls and a great leader in her own right and as a school community, we felt privileged that Marissa accepted our invitation and was able to take time out of her busy schedule to visit our school and give of her time so generously. A wonderful event for our school community and great opportunity to raise the profile of women’s sport! Football training for our Year 8 girls and year 8 boys continues every Wednesday after school, taken by Mr Walker, Head of PE so still time to sign up girls.