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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 Sports Institute NI (SINI) 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.

Belfast City Council has 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:

  • judo – ages 11-16 years;
  • volleyball – open ages 6-16 years;
  • rowing – ages 11-14 years (see suitability test below);
  • athletics – ages 8-16 years (see suitability test below);
  • tennis – ages 6-11 and wheelchair users under 14 age;
  • fencing – ages 8-16 years (see suitability test below);
  • cricket – ages 8-16 years;
  • weightlifting – open ages 6-16;
  • rugby – girls aged 11-16 years;
  • table tennis – open ages 6-16 years and
  • gymnastics – ages 6-9 (see suitability test below)

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 take place at Whiterock, Ballysillan and Olympia Leisure Centre on 19 - 21 February 2019.

They are carried out between 10am - 1pm. There are two coaching sessions (10.15am - 1pm) and 11.45am and 1pm).

*Please note below. Olympia times vary on the 19 February (11am - 1pm), 20 February (2pm - 4pm) and 21 February (10am - 1pm).

 Date Venue  Pitch/outdoor Indoor 1
Indoor2
Indoor 3
 Wednesday 19 February
Whiterock Leisure Centre
Rugby Weightlifting Volleyball Gymnastics
  Ballysillan Leisure Centre
Athletics TBC Table tennis
Tennis
  Olympia Leisure Centre*
Cricket Fencing Judo
Rowing
 Thursday 20 February
Whiterock Leisure Centre Cricket Fencing Judo Rowing
  Ballysillan Leisure Centre Rugby Weightlifting Volleyball
Gymnastics
  Olympia Leisure Centre* Athletics TBC Table tennis
Tennis
Friday 21 February Whiterock Leisure Centre Athletics TBC Table tennis
Tennis
  Ballysillan Leisure Centre Cricket Fencing Judo
Rowing
  Olympia Leisure Centre Rugby Weightlifting Volleyball
Gymnastics

To take part in Find A Sport Star please register by completing our registration form (available soon.

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