Bank of Ireland and Ulster GAA launch Community Support Award for Clubs

Diarmaid Marsden, Ulster GAA Head of Club and Community Development Department, William Thompson, Bank of Ireland, and Stefan Campbell, Armagh and Clan na Gael footballer launch the Bank of Ireland Ulster GAA Community Support Award at Corrigan Park, Belfast.

Bank Of Ireland and Ulster GAA are inviting GAA leaders across the province to submit the work of their clubs for the Bank of Ireland Ulster GAA Community Support Award.

The award was created to recognize the outstanding contribution of GAA clubs in their communities.

Clubs are at the center of communities and many go beyond their day-to-day operational activities to promote awareness, equality, diversity and inclusivity.

Bank of Ireland and Ulster GAA would like to hear from Gaelic football, hurling, camogie, rounders and handball clubs across Ulster on any major community-focused initiatives in 2022 and call on club leaders to nominate their clubs.

After nominations close, a panel of judges will select a shortlist, to include one club runner-up from each county and they will receive a certificate and a £250 O’Neill sports equipment voucher.

The panel will then together review the nine county winners and select the standout club to win the Bank of Ireland Ulster GAA Community Support Overall Award, as well as an O’ Sports Equipment Plaque and Voucher. Neill of £1000.

Encouraging GAA club leaders to shine a light on their members’ efforts, William Thompson, Bank of Ireland’s head of consumer banking for Northern Ireland, said:

“We are proud to sponsor the Ulster GAA Community Support Award, a fantastic initiative to recognize the important and lasting contribution clubs make to their communities.

“A sense of community doesn’t happen overnight, it develops over time, boosted tremendously by the commitment and hard work of volunteers and clubs within the community. I encourage every club, big or small, to nominate – you deserve to be recognized for all you do.

Diarmaid Marsden, Ulster GAA Head of Club and Community Development said:

“Clubs are at the heart of their communities and contribute enormously to the lives of their members and the community at large. GAA is an open and welcoming organization and the more our clubs are involved in community connections and activities, the stronger that club will be and the healthier the community will be.

“It is important to recognize the incredible and diverse work that our clubs are involved in, and Ulster GAA is delighted to partner with Bank of Ireland in this initiative.”

Club officials can find more details and nominate their own club for this award by visiting ulster.gaa.ie/communitysupportaward.

The nomination process opens on Monday, October 24 and closes on Friday, November 18.

For more information on the Bank of Ireland Ulster GAA Community Support Award, please contact diarmaid.marsden.ulster@gaa.ie.