Sinead Toal wins Volunteer of the Year 2022   23/05/2022

Congratulations to Sinead Toal from Clann Eireann Netball Club in Lurgan for winning Volunteer of the Year 2022.

Due to the restrictions caused from the pandemic, this is the first time since 2019 we have been able to recognise and celebrate the tremendous work of our coaches, officials and volunteers as well as performances of our players.  With restrictions lifting in January 2022, we have been able go out to the communities to present award winners in their school or club.

Thank you to everyone that nominated.  We were overwhelmed with the number and quality of the nominations across the award categories, this shows that there is massive support for our workforce and players, we are truly are a #netballfamily.

Winners will automatically be put forward for the Sport NI 2022 #Sportmakers awards.

Karen Towe, the nominator for the Volunteer award had this to say:

"Sinead has developed netball in the Lurgan area through Clann Eireann. On Tuesday evenings she facilitates around 90 children from primary 3 to primary 7 in three different sessions. She gives up her weekends and time away from her own children to accommodate local children through tournaments, matches and team building activity days. Sinead also plays for the Clann Eireann Senior team. She promotes the sport enthusiastically and she works closely with other club officials to organise tournaments and blitzes especially for the mini age group who do not participate in any other league. Sinead makes life easy for the other three coaches as she communicates all information with parents, sets up for the evening sessions and encourages and organises for children to attend trials for Northern Ireland. She is great at reaching out to community groups to organise funding and she gained funding so that all 90 children had a netball of their own to practice with at home and T-shirts to play in free of charge, as the area is one of social deprivation. She wants to makes sure all children are nurtured and included."

Head of Workforce, Tom Causer commented on the award:

"it was obvious from the turn out when we presented the award to Sinead that the players, coaches and parents really value the hours of voluntary time Sinead has put into growing the club, not to mention all her work behind the scenes to get funding for the new full size netball court."