Celebrate your local Volunteer in Sport today! Volunteers are the lifeblood of sporting activities in clubs and communities nationwide. They generously invest their time, energy, and passion, dedicating themselves to the development of their chosen sport. Over 450,000 dedicated volunteers are needed on a weekly basis to fuel club activities. Their collective efforts translate into an astonishing estimated economic value of €1.5 billion, showcasing the immeasurable impact of their contributions.

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Without these volunteers, the very existence of sports clubs would hang in the balance. They fulfil a wide variety of roles from the traditional clubhouse, coaching and membership management to driving new initiatives driving inclusivity, promoting women in sport, encouraging teenage girls to stay in sport and promoting a nature positive approach to encourage sustainability in sport.

From left, Federation of Irish Sport Chairperson Clare McGrath, Jean Courtney from Killarney Valley AC, Kerry, Collette Riordan from West Muskerry AC, Cork, Paul McGibney from Kilrush Basketball Club, Clare, and Head of Sport, Louth Sports Partnership and Louth County Council, Graham Russell at the 2022 awards.

The 2023 awards, supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships will culminate in a spectacular in-person awards ceremony celebrating 32 awards winners, scheduled to take place on Thursday 29th February 2024. Nominations opened today Monday, November 13th, and the window for entries will close on Monday December 18th, 2023. The nominations received will be meticulously shortlisted and thoughtfully considered by our Judging Panel. This prestigious event will see 32 county awards presented, and one exceptional individual will be crowned with the coveted Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Don’t forget winners from 32 counties will each secure a monetary donation directly benefiting their clubs. It’s time to shine a light on the unsung heroes of sport, whose commitment and passion drives the thriving sports culture in Ireland. For every county winner, a donation of €200 will be awarded to their affiliated club or sporting organisation.

You can have a look back at our celebration of the 2023 awards earlier this year!