Jimmy Nolan Named Athletics Northern Ireland Volunteer of the Year

IMG_1416North Belfast Harriers’ stalwart Jimmy Nolan has been honoured as the Athletics Northern Ireland Volunteer of the Year for 2012.

Jimmy is 69 years old and has been with North Belfast Harriers for more than 20 years. Currently he is our Welfare Officer and Junior Coach.

Jimmy seems to be an ever-present face in the clubhouse, volunteering at a minimum 12 hours a week. Over the last few years, as regulations for volunteers have increased, Jimmy has risen to the challenge by obtaining a level two coaching certificate, as well as child protection, junior coach development, disability awareness, first aid and welfare officer qualifications.

He has been involved with the Harriers’ new outreach programme into the schools in North Belfast, which have fed numbers at club sessions. The outreach programme has also involved acquiring the use of the community schools’ facilities in North Belfast. There are currently around 100 junior members and many more children attend on a casual basis. Jimmy has recruited a team of four coaches and oversees Junior Track Tuesday, Sports hall Thursday, Various runs Saturday and all the associated competitions. In addition he has organised activity days, most recently at the Belfast Activity Centre Belvoir, where we had 70 plus kids. Jimmy was to be seen on high platforms, caving and canoeing with the kids.

Most important of all, it is obvious that the children in North Belfast Harriers have great affection and respect for Jimmy. His encouraging and gentle support extends to every athlete as he helps them to learn to have fun in athletics and in life.

Congratulations Jimmy!

(Image: Jimmy Nolan receives his award from Athletics Northern Ireland President Gerry Lynch)

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