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Council searching for Belfast’s future sports stars

7 Feb 2018
Belfast City Council is leading an initiative which could ultimately see some of the city’s emerging young sports stars competing at 2021 Commonwealth Games.

Now in its second year, the Council’s ‘Find A Sports Star’ initiative, supported by GLL and delivered in partnership with Commonwealth Games NI, aims to identify the potential elite athletes of the future.

Open to young people between the ages of eight and 16 years old, the initiative supports clubs to offer quality training to new young talent, with the aim of signposting them into squads for future Commonwealth Youth Games – and potentially the Commonwealth Games here in Belfast in 2021.

The sports involved are judo, volleyball, rowing, bowls, hockey, fencing, squash, weightlifting and basketball, as well as the disability sports of boccia and wheelchair basketball.

Special assessment sessions are being held at locations across the city next week. They are at:

Avoniel Leisure Centre - Thursday 15 February, 10am – 12 noon;
Playball Pavilion, Stormont Estate (hockey only) – Thursday 15 February, 1pm – 3pm;
Whiterock Leisure Centre – Thursday 15 February, 2pm – 4pm;
Olympia Leisure Centre – Friday 16 February, 10am – 12 noon;
Playball Pavilion, Stormont Estate (hockey only) – Friday 16 February, 1pm – 3pm; and
Ballysillan Leisure Centre – Friday 16 February, 2pm – 4pm.

Applicants attending the assessment sessions will be tested on their physical abilities. Those competitors who show good potential will then be invited to a phase two assessment day, when they will be tested on their physical, technical and psychological attributes and more specifically on their ability and skill acquisition in major tournament conditions.

Registration for the assessment sessions is now open at ssl.belfastcity.gov.uk/SportsStar/. Registration closes at 10am on Wednesday 14 February.

Further information on the ‘Find A Sports Star’ initiative can be found at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/findasportsstar.
Belfast City Council is leading an initiative which could ultimately see some of the city’s emerging young sports stars competing at 2021 Commonwealth Games. Belfast City Council is leading an initiative which could ultimately see some of the city’s emerging young sports stars competing at 2021 Commonwealth Games.