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Find a Sports Star

Over 120 young potential sports stars attended talent identification sessions across 11 Commonwealth Games sports in Avoniel Leisure Centre and Andersonstown Leisure Centre on the 22 & 23 December 2016. The initiative is delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council and Better and aims to identify talented young people who may have the potential to compete in the Belfast 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games. 

Belfast City Council is investing £10,000 in this programme which will enhance the opportunities for younger talented participants to get involved with sport at a high level and potentially become stars of the future. Each sport will have a Sports Star Champion following the talent search and squad training sessions from December to March 2017.

Our leisure operator, GLL (Better brand) who have day to day operational management of Belfast Leisure Centres will also support the initiative through their GLL Sport Foundation and training memberships to support young athletes in Belfast to develop their potential and achieve sporting success. 

Well done to everyone who attended the sessions in December and be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming news about the next phase of the initiative. 

If you have any queries please email Ryan Haire, Sports Development Officer 

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The Commonwealth Youth Games

The Commonwealth Youth Games is the largest global multi-sport event in which local athletes are able to represent Northern Ireland. The Games involve 70 nations and territories which are home to over 2 billion people, more than a third of the world’s population.

Belfast has won the right to host the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games, an event which will see some of the finest young talent compete in nine sports over five days. Previous Youth Games competitors include Jessica Ennis-Hill, Carl Frampton, Geraint Thomas, Beth Tweddle and Michael Conlan.

A home Youth Games provides a springboard for aspiring local athletes to participant in a global event in front of home support. The Games will provide opportunities for sports development, volunteering, education and an economic impact through tourism. With competitors arriving from all parts of the world, the 2021 Youth Games will be a festival celebrating sport, culture, diversity and inclusivity. 

It will showcase the vibrancy of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

For more information visit

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