Eastside Award for Contribution to Sport

Entries were invited from individuals, teams or groups involved in the promotion and provision of sports related activities that contribute to greater involvement and engagement in sporting activities and or the pursuit of sporting excellence in the East Belfast area.

We are grateful to Charles Hurst and Fleet Financial for sponsoring.

The finalists for the Eastside Award for Contribution to Sport were:

  • City of Belfast Boxing Academy
  • East Belfast Football Club
  • Glentoran FC Academy
Glentoran FC Academy

The judges said that the Glentoran Academy was particularly impressive as an inclusive club with boys, girls, Polish and disability teams making up around 500 young people taking part each week. They reach out to all the community, using sport as a hook to bring young people in to an environment that builds skills confidence and healthy lifestyle. It was also noted that their volunteer effort is outstanding with some 85 coaches involved.