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Ulster GAA receives ‘Impact Award’

June 13th, 2024

Ulster GAA is honoured to be awarded with the highly prestigious ‘Impact Award’ for its youth volunteering programme.

The first ever Impact Awards Ceremony was hosted by Volunteer Now at Belfast Castle during Volunteers Week and celebrated outstanding young volunteers and organisations leading in youth volunteering.

Is mór an onóir linn é gur bronnadh an gradam seo ar CLG Uladh ar son na hoibre a dhéanaimid leis an aos óg. Tá sé rí-thábhachtach go ndéantar ceiliúradh ar an obair óige, agus ar an phobal deonach i gcoitinne.

Ulster GAA President Ciaran McLaughlin commented:

“We are delighted to partner with Volunteer Now offering our young volunteers the Youth Impact Award.  All recipients of our own Sports Inspire Awards also are awarded the Youth Impact Award which highlights the positive impact young people can make to their community through volunteering in the GAA.

“Ulster GAA has a comprehensive programme for youth volunteering in the GAA including our highly prestigious Young Leaders Programme, Sports Inspire Awards, Volunteer Now’s Youth Impact Award, and the Joint Award Initiative delivering Gaisce – the President’s Award and Duke of Edinburgh Awards.  We are delighted to see this work being recognised. Ni Neart go chur le cheile.”

Diarmaid Marsden, Head of the Community and Health Department at Ulster GAA added:

“Volunteering in the GAA is so varied, we have young people involved in pitch maintenance, litter picks, assisting with coaching, stewarding, helping in tuck shops and with catering.  We also have young people sitting on club committees and part of the decision-making processes within their clubs.

“I am very proud of our young volunteers from clubs right across Ulster who give of their time, skills and knowledge to help in their local GAA clubs.  We have young volunteers involved in every aspect of club activities and our clubs are enriched by their involvement.”

Receiving the award, Sharon Haughey-Grimley, Ulster GAA Volunteer Development and Policy Officer concluded:

“The GAA offers amazing opportunities for young people to participate in our games and every club across Ulster are alive with youth teams, but we also offer young people, regardless if they are playing our sports or not, the opportunity to belong to their club and to make a real difference through volunteering.

“I am so proud of our many great young volunteers and its lovely to pick up this award on behalf of all our young volunteers in Ulster.”

Is féidir tuilleadh eolais a fháil ach teagmháil a dhéanamh. For more information on youth volunteering with Ulster GAA contact


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