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Find a Sports Star

Find a Sports Star is a free talent search initiative supporting governing body sports in affording quality training opportunities to new talent in a host of sports. The initiative is supported by GLL and SINI (Sports Institute NI) is open to young people aged 6 - 16 in selected age group sports chosen by governing bodies as key areas for development.

Sports governing bodies involved will conduct sports testing and coaching sessions with an aim of signposting youths into their mainstream sports squads and best practice clubs.

We have invested £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. Our leisure operator, GLL (Better brand) who have day to day operational management of Belfast Leisure Centres are also supporting the initiative as are SINI via generic sports testing at the event locations.

We want you to select a sport, or sports, to try out from the list below:

Sport  Age groups 
Judo 11 - 16 year olds
Volleyball  6 - 16 year olds
Rowing 13 - 16 year olds 
Athletics 8 - 16 year olds
Tennis  6 - 16 year olds 
Fencing  8 - 16 year olds
Cricket  8 - 16 year olds
Weightlifting  6 - 16 year olds
Rugby 11 - 16 year olds (girls only)
Table tennis 6 - 16 year olds
Gymnastics 6 - 9 year olds


If you or your child is interested in any of the sports but have not tried before, a simple fitness test could help determine the health status and physical fitness of an individual. Tests measure specific things like strength, stamina, speed, power and agility. Why not try one of these fitness tests at home to determine the sport that best suits your level of fitness and register your place.

Suitability tests

Try some sports exercises at home to see what sport is best suited to you:

Sport try-out sessions

Sessions took place on 19 and 21 February 2019 at

Take part

The closing date for registration was Monday 11 February 2019.

Contact us
Sports development
028 9027 0515
Sports Development
Cecil Ward Building
8-10 Linenhall Street