GAA Football

Translink and Ulster GAA launch Community Support award for clubs

Crossmaglen star Aaron Kernan launches the Translink and Ulster GAA Community Support award
Neil Loughran

TRANSLINK and Ulster GAA are calling on officials from across Ulster to showcase the work of their clubs during the Covid-19 crisis for the Translink Ulster GAA Community Support award.

The new award has been created to recognise the outstanding contribution of clubs in the community throughout the pandemic. Since GAA activity was suspended at all levels in March 2020, clubs and their members have remained active in a range of different ways to provide much-needed support.

This community focus continued over the course of the past 12 months through safely managed off-field activities to maintain club life as well as the implementation of best practice procedures for the resumption of training and playing activities.

Translink and Ulster GAA would like to hear from Gaelic football, hurling, camogie, rounders and handball clubs about all the great community-focused initiatives carried out over the last 12 months and are calling on officers to nominate their clubs.

After nominations have closed, a panel of judges will select a shortlist to include one finalist from each county, with the overall winner receiving the Translink Ulster GAA Community Support award plaque and £1,000 of O’Neills Sports equipment vouchers.

Encouraging GAA club Officers to shine a light on the efforts of their members, Translink’s Belfast area manager Damian Bannon said: “After a very challenging year, we are proud to partner with Ulster GAA on a new initiative designed to recognise the innovation and commitment of clubs to support communities over the last 12 months.

“On the same week that Translink celebrates its 25th anniversary, this award demonstrates the importance of our ongoing partnership with Ulster GAA.”

Ulster GAA president Oliver Galligan added: “The GAA in Ulster has always taken great pride in being not just a sporting organisation but also a community one and the level of support our clubs have provided during the Covid-19 health crisis has been simply incredible.

“I would encourage the officers from all of our clubs to showcase their own initiatives by submitting a nomination for this award.”

Club officials can find out further details and nominate their own club for this award by visiting ulster.gaa.ie/communitysupportaward. The nomination process is now open and closes on April 18. For further information on the Translink Young GAA Volunteer of the Year award, contact Fionntan.odowd.ulster@gaa.ie

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