The 2019 Irish Sport Industry Awards – Could It Be You?

The 2019 Irish Sport Industry Awards will take place on April 15th and a call for entries across 14 categories is now open.

The awards, which are in their fourth year, recognise the invaluable relationship between business and sport in Ireland. Sport for Business is proud to be a supporter of the Awards and Rob Hartnett will be the chair of the 2019 Judging Panel.

Last year’s winners represented a roll call of talent within the business side of the sport.

Gymnastics Ireland won the National Governing Body of the Year while Lidl, AIG, AIB, Ladies Football and the IRFU all went home with accolades.

Vincent Hogan won the first Jimmy Magee Award for Sports Journalism while Off The Ball won the Sports Media Outlet of the year.

You can see the full list of last years winners below.

“I am delighted that the Irish Sport Industry Awards are returning for another year,” said Federation of Irish Sport CEO Mary O’Connor.

“The Awards were established by the Federation in order to highlight the overall impact sport has on the economy from a variety of sources including sports businesses, sporting equipment, the construction of facilities, jobs, marketing spends, tourism and more.”

“These awards recognise the value that sport adds to the Irish economy while also acknowledging the work done by those National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships who deliver on the continued investment from business.”

The 2019 awards are bigger and better than ever with 14 categories encompassing everything from Best Sporting Event, to New Sports Business, to National Governing Body and Local Sports Partnership of the Year.

In a change from previous years, the 2019 awards will be comprised of six open categories for which organisations, agencies and the public put forward nominations and eight closed categories which will be chosen based on the in-depth knowledge of the expert judging panel.

“These awards are a true reflection of the high standards that run to the core of sport in Ireland,” said Chair of the judging panel and founder of Sport for Business, Rob Hartnett.

“The winners will emerge through a process of serious argument and deliberation so that it is the best of the best that emerge.”

“Every year when we look back we think that how could we top the past twelve months, and every year we do as an industry.”

“I would encourage everybody to look at the categories and make a submission for those they have worked with to such a high level over the past twelve months. It is a way for us all to recognise the talent that exists within the industry and something that carries real weight.”

The Awards event will be held on Monday the 15th of April in the Crown Plaza Blanchardstown.

Nominations are now being accepted for all open categories via

www.irishsportindustryawards.ie.

Closing date for applications is Friday 29th of March 2019.

The full list of categories is:

Open categories where submissions can be made

Best use of social media by an organisation
Best programme/campaign to increase sporting participation
The Inclusivity Award
20X20 Award
Local sports partnership initiative of the year
National governing body of the year

Closed categories which will be decided by the Federation of Irish Sport Judges

The Jimmy Magee award for Sports journalist of the year
Sports media outlet of the year
New sports business of the year
Sports business of the year
Sporting innovation of the year
Sporting event of the year
Best sports sponsorship of the year
Outstanding contribution

The full list of those shortlisted and the winners from 2018 is as follows

DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT COMMUNITY OF THE YEAR

Winner: AIB/GAA – Club and County
IRFU/Vodafone – Team of Us
Basketball Ireland – Overall Digital Strategy
Triathlon Ireland – Overall Digital Strategy
GAA – GAANOW
Motorsport Ireland– Overall Digital Strategy
Shamrock Rovers – #FootballLovesUs

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AWARD

Louth LSP – INCLUSIBILITY PROJECT 2017 Cricket Ireland – Get Into Cricket
Boxing Ireland – Cashen Vale Boxing Club
CARA – FIT4ALL
Winner: FAI – CARA/Sport Ireland Inclusive NGB
Gymnastics Ireland – Gymable
GAA – Healthy Club

CAMPAIGN OR PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR AWARD


Vodafone/ IRFU – Team of Us
AIB/GAA – Jeff and Kammy Journey to Croker
IRFU – Women’s Rugby World Cup
AIG – Dublin GAA
Winner: Lidl – Ladies Football
Largo Foods – Basketball Ireland

GOVERNING BODY OF THE YEAR AWARD


Ladies Gaelic Football Association
Cricket Ireland
Winner: Gymnastics Ireland
Triathlon Ireland
Tennis Ireland
Swim Ireland

LOCAL SPORT PARTNERSHIP OF THE YEAR AWARD

Limerick Local Sports Partnership – Sports Inclusion Club
Waterford Local Sport – WSP Balance Bike Programme
Laois Local Sport Partnership – Transformation Programme for women over 50
Clare Local Sport Partnership – Active Primary Schools programme
Winner: Cork Local Sports Partnership – Cork Sports Ability

SPORTS EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

LGFA – TG4 All Ireland Ladies Gaelic Football Finals 2017
Winner: IRFU – Women’s Rugby World Cup
IRFU – Six Nations Match Ireland vs England
Badminton Ireland – FZ Forza Irish Open 2017
Basketball Ireland – FIBA U18 Women’s Europeans

BEST COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIP AWARD


Lidl – Ladies Gaelic Football
Largo Foods – Hula Hoops Basketball Cup
Winner: AIG – Dublin GAA
Electric Ireland – Minor GAA
Fighter.ie – Broadcasting of Mixed Martial Arts

JIMMY MAGEE AWARD FOR SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR


Winner: Vincent Hogan – Irish Independent
Roy Curtis – Sunday World
Kieran Cunningham – Irish Daily Star
Malachy Clerkin – The Irish Times
Sinead Kissane – TV3
Niall Kelly – The42.ie
Keith Duggan – The Irish Times

SPORT BUSINESS OF THE YEAR AWARD


Clubify – Community engagement app
SportTech – Developing Sport Technology Companies
SportsJoe.ie – Broadcasting Sport
Winner: Fota Island Adventure – Sport Experience and training
KitmanLabs – Athlete optimization system

SPORTS MEDIA OUTLET OF THE YEAR AWARD


The Irish Times – Women in Sport
The 42.ie – Journalism
The Irish Examiner – Overall regional and national sport coverage
The Irish Independent- Tee to Green
Winner: Off the Ball.ie – Digital Sports Show

SPORTING INNOVATION OF THE YEAR AWARD

Motorsport.ie – Broadcasting own content
Irish Sailing – Water Sport Inclusion Games
Dublin Simon Community – A Gym for the Homeless
Complyfile – Software Platform for Voluntary Organisations
Rowing Ireland – Get Going – Get Rowing

 

 

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