Young people, 10 -16 yrs old, get the chance to be the next Jessica Ennis-Hill or Carl Frampton, as they try out for the Belfast City Council and Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council ‘Find a sports star¹ initiative.
Phase 1 assessments in sports such as athletics, badminton, bowling, gymnastics and squash took place today at Avoniel Leisure Centre with a similar assessment taking part on Friday at Andersonstown Leisure Centre.
The ‘Find a Sports Star’ initiative, in which the council is investing £10,000, is part of Belfast’s preparations for hosting the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games. It will enhance talent pathways, provide opportunities for young athletes to compete at a high level and potentially become sports stars ahead of the 2021 Youth Games.
Lord Mayor, Alderman Brian Kingston said: “Winning the right to host the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2021 is a fantastic coup for Belfast and will provide a springboard for aspiring local athletes to compete in a global event in front of home support.
“The Commonwealth Youth Games will also provide important opportunities for sports development, volunteering, education and boost our economy through tourism. With competitors arriving from all parts of the world, the 2021 Youth Games will be a celebration of sport, culture, diversity and inclusivity, showcasing the vibrancy of Belfast and Northern Ireland.
“I look forward to seeing one of these young people competing and perhaps even winning in the 2021 games,” added Alderman Kingston.