Sport NI SportMaker Awards 2023

sportnisportmakerlogo.jpgSport NI’s SportMaker Awards are back for 2023 and nominations are now open!

The SportMaker Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of coaches, officials, volunteers and projects over the last 12 months and the vital role they play in supporting, developing, and encouraging people to benefit from the Power of Sport.

Nominations can be made by members of the public across six award categories for coaches, two award categories for officials, two award categories for volunteers and one category for SportMaker projects.

Awards for Coaches

  1. Children’s Coach of the Year
  2. Community Coach of the Year
  3. Young Coach of the Year
  4. Disability Coach of the Year
  5. Performance Pathway Coach of the Year
  6. Club Performance Coach of the Year

Awards for Officials

  1. Technical Official of the Year
  2. Young Technical Official of the Year (25 years of age and under)

Awards for Volunteers

  1. Volunteer of the Year
  2. Young Volunteer of the Year (25 years of age and under)

Awards for SportMaker Projects

  1. Project of the Year

Nominations close on Monday 9th October 2023.

Categories and criteria


Nomination Form


2022 Sport NI SportMaker Awards Winners for Athletics

Community Coach of the Year- Aidan O’Neill

“Aidan, your strength, courage and determination is unbelievable. It is phenomenal over the years what you have overcome to build the running community in Crumlin. You are an inspiration to us all!”


Performance Pathway Coach of the Year- Mark Kirk

“Mark coached Nick Griggs to a European Indoor Mile Record and freely gives of his time to mentor & support many other junior endurance coaches in Northern Ireland”


Technical Official of the Year- Liz Glover

“Liz is a stalwart of officiating for Athletics NI, giving up many hours to help & assist with competitions, and to encourage others to get involved. Her professionalism and calm presence is an inspiration to others”.2022-sportmaker-lizglover.jpg