The 2019 Volunteer in Sport Awards, officially launched on Friday, August 9th, is seeking nominations from individuals, clubs and sports associations for individuals who have made a real difference to their club, community or county. 

The awards were created to recognise the contributions, commitment and dedication of the 450,000 volunteers who give their time to Irish sport every year.

Nominations will be accepted on a 32 county basis, with an overall winner from each county being honoured at a ceremony on November 12th.

An overall winner from each county will be selected as well as one national ‘Team of Volunteers’ award.

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 at the ceremony, taking place on Tuesday, 12 November.

The Federation of Irish Sport, who recently announced its new partnership with EBS, the Mortgage Masters, has afforded the Federation the opportunity to re-establish the awards for the first time since 2014.


The awards were launched by Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin TD, alongside Federation of Irish Sport CEO Mary O’Connor.

The Federation is the representative organisation for the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) in Ireland. The Federation’s membership consists of over 100 NGBs and LSPs from every corner of the country, including the GAA, FAI, IRFU, Swim Ireland and Athletics Ireland.

Members of the public are invited to nominate a volunteer whose contribution to their sport has made a real difference to their club, community or the wider county.

Nominations can be made by individuals, clubs or sporting associations via an online application form at The deadline for applications is Friday, 27 September.