Banbridge Academy All Hockey Coaches & Mark Tumilty

Boys’ Minds Matter

A bespoke Men’s Mental Health Awareness event was recently staged at Havelock Park by Banbridge Academy. The boys had an opportunity to talk about the importance of mental health as well as their physical health. 

Mr McLoughlin, Principal, thanked Mr Mark Cordner, MiC Boys’ Hockey, for all of his efforts in organising such a crucial event and for his inspiration in helping to address the wellbeing of the pupils in the care of the school. 

Everyone enjoyed food and chat whilst having the opportunity to talk with former pupils, Matthew Bell and Mark Tumilty. 

Matthew is currently working in the school and is an excellent role model for the pupils on how to deal with adversity.  Mark, a former coach at Banbridge Hockey Club and now the Irish Men’s Hockey Coach, outlined the vital importance of taking care of your mental as well as your physical health. 

Mark was presented with a school plaque in recognition of being the first Banbridge Academy former pupil to coach a national sports team as a professional coach. All the pupils, parents and coaches warmly congratulated him on such a wonderful accolade and wished him every success with the national team.

The senior boys, their coaches and teachers would like to place on record their thanks for financial support from the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council and the Lord Mayor with this important initiative, especially given the current difficult circumstances.


11 January 2021