Excitement was in the air around Windsor Park, Belfast on Friday morning, when the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) joined by children, parents, school staff, past pupils from the Integrated AlumNI and colleagues from the Integrated Education Fund (IEF) came together to wish their great friend and patron, Carl Frampton MBE good luck ahead of his dream night in Belfast.
The group was led by Roisin Marshall, CEO of NICIE. Commenting on the fun gathering, Roisin said, “Carl is one of Belfast’s favourite sons and I am very excited at the buzz which Carl has brought to this great city. We’ve had such an amazing year working with Carl and we are keen to give something back by coming down here to cheer him on and show our huge support and appreciation for all that Carl has contributed to Integrated Education. This morning, we’ve been joined by current pupils from Glengormley Integrated Primary School, the Principal of Malone Integrated College, past pupils and parents. We’re delighted that we have been able to put up these giant boards of Carl near to Windsor Park so that he knows we’re all here and his Integrated Education family are fully behind him when he walks into the ring on Saturday night.”
Earlier this year, Carl “The Jackal” Frampton MBE stepped forward to become a patron of NICIE and Integrated Education. Carl has joined an impressive list of celebrity patrons and supporters of Integrated Education which includes Liam Neeson and Sir Kenneth Branagh.
In May, Carl “The Jackal” Frampton, World Champion Boxer and NICIE patron made hundreds of dreams come true when he engaged in a whistle stop tour of four integrated schools in one day.
It is a great honour working with Carl and we are indebted to him for the endorsement he’s given to our work. Carl has been very genuine and supportive in helping us to keep striving to create a better future for our children by ensuring that there will be opportunities for parents to choose for their children to be educated with children from the other community along with children from other diverse backgrounds in the years ahead. All of those working in Integrated Education are passionate about educating children from different communities together in one school and work hard to ensure as many Catholic, Protestant and other families as possible can avail of Integrated Education for their children. Integrated Education is parent driven. NICIE works hard to ensure that we do all that we can to meet parental demand.”