BLS wins Disability Sport NI’s ‘Inclusive Club Award’

We are very proud to have been presented with the Inclusive Club Award for disability clubs by Disability Sport NI.

It’s wonderful to have been recognised as a sports club that positively includes people with disabilities. Nominations were open to both mainstream and disability sports clubs who have made noteworthy improvements or introduced innovative programmes to include people with disabilities in the last twelve months.

At the presentation, our Vice-Chair Bill Foster said, “Sailing is for all and is one of the few sports where able-bodied people and those with disabilities can compete or pleasure sail on a level playing field.  At Belfast Lough Sailability we encourage everyone to get involved and would welcome anyone with an interest in water sports to come along and give it a try”.

Elaine Reid, Performance Sport Manager at Disability Sport NI commented, “I have watched Belfast Lough Sailability develop over a number of years and it is a pleasure to see the continual dedication and desire shared by all of their volunteers to make water based activities inclusive for all of the community.”

As part of the award Disability Sport NI created the fabulous video above that really shows what we do and the benefits that can result for individuals and families.

If you would like to hear more about the Inclusive Club Award please e-mail

Congratulations to Rathgael Gymnastics and Tumbling Club, winners of the Inclusive Club Award for mainstream clubs.

Remember that our Open Sailability Boating and Sailing Sessions commence at 7pm on Wednesday 3rd May!!


DSNI’s Elaine Reid presents the Award to Bill Forster

DSNI’s Elaine Reid, right, with BLS participants


Intro pic: Meg Lindsay

Other pics & video: DSNI