News 2012

Title: Nominate someone for the National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport
Date: 13/08/2012
Nominate someone for the National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport

13 August 2012

The National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport presented by the the Federation of Irish Sport in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport and The Community Foundation of Ireland honours outstanding sport volunteers in communities all around Ireland.

The deadline for nominations for the 2012 National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport has been extended to 24th August 2012.

Nomination Form

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. Ten winners will be selected to receive an award from the nominations received. An Overall or 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. Full details of the scheme and how to enter can be found on line at The website includes a nomination form and guidelines for the 2012 awards. Nominations can be made by clubs, individuals or sporting bodies.

Previous winners include John O’Shea father to Ireland’s Euro 2012 John O’Shea, Brian Craig of Sailing who is largely responsible for attracting the Youth World Sailing Championships which will saw 300 sailors from 70 countries descend on Dun Laoghaire in July, Dublin City Marathon organiser Jim Aughney and coach to Olympic Silver Medallist Kenny Egan, Gerry Fleming who has been coaching at Neilstown Boxing Club for more than 20 years.