St Antony’s Catholic College lads earn Boys’ Brigade awards

St Antony's Catholic College Boys' Brigade award winners Joshua, Akaaljop, Tommy and Max
St Antony's Catholic College Boys' Brigade award winners Joshua, Akaaljop, Tommy and Max

Four St Antony’s Catholic College pupils have been honoured by the The Boys’ Brigade in Manchester.

The four young men from the Urmston school were honoured after a year of community service, learning new skills, friendship and fun.

Joshua Leape, 15, from Stretford gained his President’s Badge, after seven years attendance signifying his contribution to the organisation; marching drummer Max Neville, 13, from Stretford, who also has seven years’ service, won Bandsman of the Year, Akaaljop Singh, 13, from Stretford, with three years of service, won Boy of the Year, while new boy Tommy Verity, 13, from Urmston, earned his uniform after only three months with his new friends.

Headteacher Fiona Wright said: “In the 133 years since The Boys’ Brigade was formed, significantly now incorporating the Girls’ Association, the organisation has evolved to provide a range of contemporary and traditional opportunities for young people.

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“These young men have learned some useful skills, but just as importantly developed a can-do will-do, cooperative attitude based on respect for others and an exploration of ideas and principle and our partners at the Boys’ Bridge in Trafford are to be congratulated.”

Every week The Boys’ Brigade works with 60,000 children and young people in over 1,500 companies in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. The Manchester Battalion is the second largest in the country with 24 companies, with two in Trafford and two in Altrincham.

Joshua said: “My next objective is the Queen’s Badge which is the highest honour.”