On Thursday 16th June we were delighted to have Colin Coates, captain of Crusaders Football Team, as our special guest at our sports awards assembly. Pupils were highly praised for their sporting achievements throughout the year as well as on sports day with 1st and 2nd places being awarded to individual girls and boys in each year group. Lindsay was the overall house winners.
Coates was born in Belfast. He attended Grosvenor Grammar School, not traditionally a football-playing school, but despite this, made a name for himself at Crusaders. He has developed a formidable partnership in the centre of defence with David Magowan over the years, and he was part of the team which won the Irish Cup in 2009, and was called up to the Northern Ireland squad for the match against Italy on 6 June 2009, in which he played the full 90 minutes to receive his first cap.
Coates was instrumental in Crusaders’ triumph in the 2012 Setanta Sports Cup. In the semi-final second leg against Sligo Rovers, he scored an extra-time penalty which put Crusaders into the final. In the final itself against Derry City, he scored twice in a 2-2 draw, and scored in the resulting victorious penalty shoot-out in a man of the match performance. He also scored in the 2012 Irish Cup Final in a 1-4 defeat to Linfield.
In May 2010, Coates was called up to the Northern Ireland squad for friendly matches against Turkey and Chile (against both of whom he played as a second-half substitute). He also appeared in a friendly against Morocco, and signed a contract that same season with Crusaders to keep him at the club until 2014.
As of 11 August 2011, he has received 6 caps, and is the most capped Crusaders player of all time.
Photos of pupils who achieved 1st and 2nd place within they year groups.