Back in the Autumn Karen Rainey joined us as a Sports Bond agent. Karen and her family are lifelong Ballymena United supporters and when approached to become an agent ahead was very keen to help out..Karen took over a few members in the Chichester Park and Moat Road areas and already had a £10 Minor winner with Bill Moore however this week she had her First Major winner with Hugh McCormick (A9738).Hugh has been a Major and minor winner previously With Spring coming soon it will allow Direct canvassing the opportunity to bring new members on board to increase Karen's agency. Congratulations to Hugh and thanks to Karen a real Sky Blue. The main theme of this wewas recent winners back on the winners list again.Linda Boyd(A5818) was a £50 Major Winner in January and has now been a £50 Major winner in February on the agency of Patricia Thompson. On the same agency John Kearney was a £50 Major winner at the end of the year and this week was a £10 minor winner .In January Jacqueline Millar was a £50 Major winner on the agency of Maurice Anderson and this week she picked up a £10 Minor prize.In the history of Sports Bond Barbara Bates won £250 when we had a special draw to celebrate our 1000 draw.This week Barbara Bates(A2262) was a £50 Major winner on the agency of David Brown. The remaining £10 Minor winner was James Balmer at the Blackstone.The Jackpot for this week is £250 after no Jackpot was found with the numbers 4 10 15 19.At £250 is where the last Jackpot was won by Arnie McMahon at the Diamond bar in Ahoghill.Will it be won again at the same level?this week will hold the answer. Join Sports Bond now on 07831 803970.
Sympathy is extended to Sports Bond member Alfred Mcdonald who was recently bereaved of his wife Marion.
Best wishes are extended to Catherine Kernohan who has recently started back to work after illness.
Another first time winner on First Score was found on Saturday at Windsor Park on Saturday. The winning 55 mins card was held by Jay Kennedy.Jay picked up the customary £30 for a first win of a season.
Tickets for this New and exciting Promotion are in Distribution .On March 16th the draw will take place for the opportunity for someone to win £1000. When the person is contacted they must answer within 5 rings and state the following phrase COME ON SKY BLUES.Tickets are priced at £10.Support the Club and you could be the winner of £1000.
So far we have two winners of the Carabao Cup final First Score between Chelsea and Liverpool. Sports Bond agent Alex Beverland ,a Manchester United fan, had a no score after 90 minutes and received £30.The other winner is a massive lifelong Liverpool Supporter and that is Michael Caulfield? Michael who handles the Catering for the Ballymena United corporate dinners,also piks up £30 which adds the icing on a memorable day as a Liverpool supporter
Ballymena United are delighted to share with supporters some of the background changes as the club restructures following a year of transition in the boardroom.
Two new directors were appointed this season following a process of nominations with shareholders at the last AGM. These directors subsequently took up two new positions prior to Christmas, namely Director of Football Operations, Andy McDowell, looking after transfers, developing a scouting network and will go on to lead on football administration. Gary McConnell has taken up the position of Commercial Director, looking after sponsorship and developing business relationships and developing new avenues and networks to boost income streams.
Also rejoining the board of directors is Ronnie McDowell, having previously served as director for 6 years.
This season’s end will also see management committee members Jonny Irwin and Iain Black stepping down. Following a combined service of almost 30 years to the club, both had stated their intention to step back at the end of last season, however, stayed on for an additional year to support the interim committee and new manager and staff coming in.
Chairman Chris Selwood said, “It is clear that football in Northern Ireland has changed dramatically over the past five years, and we know that as a club in order to keep up we have to move forward to move upwards. There is no point in doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.
In some ways we can make small tweaks, other things need bigger change, but we also have to be absolutely sure in every decision we make that it’s right for Ballymena United and in line with the longer term plans for the club. The new board positions have been created to take us forward, and with Iain and Jonny informing the board in October of their intentions to step down at the end of the season, as we thank them for their work, we also have been working to a plan to replace their roles.
Change therefore offers up opportunities for supporters to put their hand up and volunteer with the club - something that all member of our management committee members started off their journey by doing. We are currently actively recruiting for volunteers and the details can be found on social media, or by emailing email@example.com. Ballymena United prides itself on having always been a supporter run club, and call on anyone who feels they can contribute to our club to step up and be part of the vision going forward.
The club look forward to further engagement with shareholders at the end of season AGM to outline future plans for the club, and confirm the longer term board and management structure to progress the the club off and on the pitch. The future’s bright, the future is Sky Blue.”
Celebrating the opening of the new link road, a family fun day and fun run for all will take place on 23 March from midday.
Transfers weren’t the only business conducted last night as Shea McAuley became the latest of the young guns to sign their first pro contract this season
Last transfer business of deadline day as Cathair Friel goes on loan to Limavady United, and Fiontan O’Boyle on loan to Coagh United.
Best wishes to both players for the second half of the season
Ryan Waide has transferred to Loughgall after three and a half seasons at Ballymena United. Best wishes for the future Rooster and thanks for your time here
Ballymena United are delighted to announce the signing of Michael Leddy, formerly with League of Ireland club Shamrock Rovers.
The 20 -year-old forward was on loan to Drogheda United last season, having developed at Drogheda Boys before three year with Shamrock. He has also come up through the Republic of Ireland underage international teams.
Leddy will wear number 38 this season.
Ballymena United welcomes Daithi McCallion to the club on loan from Derry City.
The 18-year-old joins the Sky Blues until the end of the season having spent last season on loan at Finn Harps.
The highly rated defender was the youngest player ever to sign a pro-contract with Derry City at the age of 18, and also brings with him experience as a Northern Ireland U-19 International.
McCallion will play number 39 this season.
Ballymena United are delighted to announce that both Sam Johnston and Mikey Place have signed a contract extension
Congratulations to 17-year-old David Taylor who has earned his first professional contract after breaking through into the senior squad this season
Brendan Barr returns to the club he made 37 appearances for in 2021/22 season when he was on loan from Derry City.
This time he’s 100% Sky Blue
The 22-year-old forward joins on a permanent transfer from Ballyclare Comrades, where he scored 21 goals in 56 appearances, sitting joint third in the Playr-Fit Championship scoring charts this season.
Ballymena United Football Club have announced a Partnership with Duality Healthcare. Duality bring their Corporate Membership to the training ground and ensure the whole team are top of their game.
Ballymena United Chairman Chris Selwood stated;
It is fantastic to announce our partnership with Duality Healthcare. Under Duality's Corporate Membership Programme, our club will benefit hugely from high quality, accessible Private GP Care and specialist services across their expanding network.
As they further develop their base in Ballymena we very much look forward to a long and fruitful partnership."
Dr Craig Wylie, Lead GP of Duality Healthcare Galgorm added;
"We are delighted to announce our partnership with an institution such as Ballymena United Football Club. They sit at the heart of our local community promoting an active lifestyle from early childhood onwards. We are delighted to support our local businesses and institutions with access to quality private GP care on demand.
With both Virtual GP Care and a growing infrastructure of Private Clinics across Northern Ireland, Corporate Membership with Duality Healthcare ensures that businesses across the province benefit from the best of both traditional face-to-face care and modern integrative health solutions.
A Duality Healthcare Corporate Membership will ensure your staff can access Duality Clinicians from their desk, at home or on-the-go as well as the ability for face-to-face GP consulting until 9pm weekdays and 6pm on weekends. The reassurance of face-to-face care, virtual consulting and rapid access to clinical expertise means less uncertainty and stress with improved clinical outcomes.
With Duality Healthcare’s move to 24/7 access and our strategic expansion across the province in 2024, you should never be more than 30 minutes from a Duality Healthcare clinic ensuring your staff have healthcare access when they need it!
For more information on Duality Healthcare's Corporate Membership, please contact