As well as providing Talent awareness, the Network has been proactive in ensuring that success is measured by progress on the ground. In the past three years, a number of events, programmes and initiatives have been implemented and delivered.

Giant Challenge

In partnership with Ulster Rugby, the University of Ulster and Sport Northern Ireland this project was developed to find Tall Athletes with the potential to play professional Rugby in the second row position. ‘Ulster’s Giant Challenge’ invited applicants from all sporting backgrounds to attend a screening day, where the performers were tested on their skill levels, and physical and mental attributes. The campaign received support from current Ulster Rugby players Stephen Ferris, Johann Muller and Dan Tuohy as well as Ulster Rugby staff David Humphreys and Brian McLaughlin. From the test day a number of athletes were identified and have been placed at various stages of the player development pathway.

Southern Sports Partnership

The Southern Sports Partnership is a regional working group that wishes to sustain, develop and deliver a quality regional development programme, which maximises the potential of coaches, performers and clubs within the Southern Sports Partnership area. This is achieved through the delivery of a range of programmes, including:

  • Sports Academy
  • Coach Academy
  • Coach Education
  • Clubmark NI
  • Regional Cross Country

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North West Talent Project

The North West Talent Project is organised in partnership with National Governing Bodies of Sport, Derry City Council and Sport Northern Ireland. The aim is to implement bespoke Governing Body of Sport programmes that will maximise the potential for Talent Development within the North West area in the sports of Wrestling, Mountaineering, Hockey, Judo and Rugby.

The key objectives are:

  • To develop a pool of coaches who can effectively deliver on future talent development programmes to help young performers to reach their potential.
  • To identify new and develop existing talented performers and integrate with the Governing Body of Sport performer pathway.
  • To share best working practice as coaches, reflect upon their coaching experience and address their future development needs.