The Irish Sport Industry Awards will take place tonight at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown.
Awards run by the The Federation of Irish Sport will gather the great and the good from across the worlds of sporting administration and the commercial partners that help to bring sport to an ever wider audience.
The awards were set up in 2015 to highlight the contribution that sport makes to Ireland’s economy both directly and indirectly.
The Awards recognise and reward excellence in the business of sport, whilst simultaneously highlighting the contribution of sport to Ireland.
A Women in Sport award, under the banner of 20×20, will be a new addition to the award ceremony this year in a move towards showcasing the increasing contribution and value of women in sport in Ireland.
In all a total of 14 awards will be distributed on the night, reflecting the diverse nature of Irish sport.
Sport for Business has been honoured with shortlisting in two categories, for Sports Business of the Year and Sports media Outlet of the Year.
“The awards were set up to highlight the importance of the business of sport in Ireland and the value of sport to the Irish economy,” said Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport.
“Today sport supports almost 40,000 jobs, represents almost €2.4 billion in household expenditure and has been estimated to contribute almost €1.9 billion in tourism revenue. And that is beyond all of the other contributions sport makes in areas such as health, inclusivity, diversity and reputation both at home and abroad.”
The winners have been determined by a judging panel drawn from both the business and sporting community. The panel is Cliona O’Leary, RTE Sport, Athlete Fiona Coghlan, Carol Andrews, BNY Mellon & 30& Club Founder, Amanda Harton, JLT Insurance, Sinead Galvin, Galvin Sports Management, David McHugh, Line Up Sports, Gerry McDermott, Fingal County Council, Miriam Malone, Paralympics Ireland and Jill Downey, Core. The panel is chaired by Sport for Business founder and past Irish Sport Industry Award winner Rob Hartnett.
We will be on hand tonight to share news of the Winners and will carry a full report in tomorrow morning’s Sport for Business.
Here are the shortlists for each of the award categories
Best Sporting Event of the Year
World Para-Swimming Allianz European Championships
Ladies Gaelic Football TG4 All Ireland final
All Ireland Hurling Final
Guinness Series – Ireland v New Zealand
SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon
Best Sports Sponsorship of the Year
Vodafone and Irish Rugby
Lidl and Ladies Gaelic Football
Liberty Insurance and Camogie
SoftCo and Irish Hockey
Allianz and Paralympics Ireland
Best Sports Business of the Year
Sport for Business
Croke Park Stadium
Line Up Sports
Best New Sports Business of the Year
Galvin Sports Management
ND Sports Performance
Best Use of Social Media by an Organisation
Horse Sport Ireland
Best Sports Media Outlet of the Year
Sport for Business
Jimmy Magee Sports Journalist of the Year
Best Sporting Innovation of the Year
FAI Walking Football
South Dublin/FAI Frame Football
Munster Rugby High-Performance Leadership Programme
Best Programme or Campaign to Increase Participation
Athletics Ireland – Daily Mile
LIDL Ireland and LGFA
Cork Sports Partnership – School sports programme
Basketball Ireland – Junior NBA
Badminton Ireland – Shuttle time schools programme
Louth County Council Sports Unit – Sports Inclusion Disability Programme
Gymnastics Ireland – GYMable
Irish Sailing – Watersports Inclusion Games
#GameOn Autism Golf Programme Ireland
Irish Wheelchair Association
Basketball Ireland – Women’s Coaching Forum
Volleyball Ireland – Transition Year Women in Sport programme
Dublin City Sports and Wellbeing Partnership – GAGA Programme
Waterford & FAI – Soccer for Girls
LSP initiative of the Year
Wexford Local Sports Partnership – Experiencing Success
Wicklow Local Sports Partnership – Wicklow Warriors
Cork Local Sports Partnership – Staying Fit for the Future
Limerick Local Sports Partnership – Sports Talk
Fingal Local Sports Partnership – Athletics League
NGB of the Year
Horse Sport Ireland
Special Olympics Ireland
Outstanding Achievement award will be announced on the night.