Sport NI SportMaker Award Nominations Now Open!

21 June 2019

Sport NI SportMaker Award Nominations Now Open!

Athletics Northern Ireland are encouraging as many nominations as possible for the Sport Northern Ireland SportMaker Awards. The SportMaker Awards are all about shining a light on the local sporting workforce- the people and projects that make sport happen. It's your chance to say "thank you" for the outstanding contribution of coaches, officials and volunteers and projects over the previous 12 months and the roles they play in encouraging people to enjoy, engage and excel in sport.

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

2017-sportnisportmaker-niallwilkinson.jpgNiall Wilkinson- Talent Coach of the Year 2017

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
  7. High Performance Coach of the Year

Awards for Officials:

  1. Technical Official of the Year
  2. Young Technical Official of the Year

Awards for Volunteers:

  1. Volunteer of the Year
  2. Young Volunteer of the Year

Awards for SportMaker Projects

  1. Project of the Year

 2017-sportnisportmaker-mattshields.jpgMatt Shields- Talent Coach of the Year 2017

Coach Development Lead Laura Kerr explains: "I am delighted to see 7 coaching award  categories and believe these national awards are a great way for athletes, parents and clubs to recognise the great work athletics coaches do at all stages of the pathway. Having attended the awards previously I have been elated to see so many winners representing Athletics. Athletics Northern Ireland look forward to putting forward several of the award winners from our own 2018 Coaching Awards and encourage others to take the time to make nominations and help to raise the profile of athletics."

2019-kurtisscottsportsmakeraward.jpgKurtis Scott- Young Technical Official of the Year 2019

Athletics NI Director of Business & Operations, Kerry Woods added: "Coaches, officials and volunteers play a vital role in promoting sport in their local communities and supporting athletes to achieve their sporting goals. The commitment, passion and technical ability of our sporting workforce within Athletics NI is outstanding, with the majority of the work happening behind the scenes and often going unnoticed. The SportNI SportMaker awards creates the perfect opportunity for members of the sporting community to acknowledge their hard work and to say thank you."

How to Nominate:

All nominations must be submitted through the designated online system. To begin completing your nomination, please click here

Further Information and Guidance:

For further information and guidance on the SportNI SportMaker Awards, including category criteria and completing the online nomination process, please click here: SportMaker 2019 Guidance and Support Document

The deadline for the submission of all nominations is Wednesday 10th July 2019.