2019 is the year of the come back!

The Federation of Irish Sport are delighted to announce that the National Volunteers in Sport Awards supported by EBS will be returning on 12th November 2019. The awards, which were last held in 2014, celebrate all that is good about the some 450,000 volunteers delivering sport in Ireland week in week out. 

First held in 2007, the awards recognise coaches, managers, officials and administrators who give of their time to grow and develop amateur sports.

The commitment, dedication and leadership of Ireland’s sporting volunteers, found to be in the region of 450,000 people, allow athletes and communities to participate in sport all around the country. It is estimated that over a million hours are put into sport on a weekly basis by adults volunteering in sport.

Members of the public are invited to nominate an individual whose contribution to their sport has made a real difference and to provide details on the person nominated.  Winners will be selected to receive an award from the nominations received. A Lifetime award to honour a volunteer, who has consistently given of their time for a sport, a team, or an event over many years, will also be awarded as well as a Team of Volunteers who work together in a particular club or sport.

Previous winners include Liam Sheedy, who managed Tipperary to All Ireland Senior success in 2010, Oliver O’Neill, youth coach and father of Olympic Boxer Darren O’Neill and Dublin City Marathon organiser Jim Aughney.