Entries are being sought for this year’s Volunteers in Sport Awards, with EBS partnering with the Federation of Irish Sport for a third consecutive year in backing them.

The awards recognise and support the army of volunteers in sport and physical activity in local communities across Ireland. They will be presented virtually in December 2021.

More than 450,000 volunteers across Ireland ensure that sport and physical activity take place around the country every day.

Each year, this army of volunteers dedicates over 37.2 million hours of their time across the country’s sports clubs and associations. They are there to support sporting clubs and communities from early morning, to late at night, without any expectation of recognition or reward.

In partnership with the Federation of Irish Sport, EBS will once more honour the commitment and dedication of these volunteers in helping to bring sport to the fore in a safe manner, especially through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Members of the public are asked to nominate a volunteer in their particular sport that they would like to see recognised at the 2021 Volunteers in Sport Awards.

To nominate an everyday hero, and to be in with the chance of winning €1,000 for your local sports club, simply visit www.volunteersinsport.ie. Nominations can be made by a club, individual or sporting body and are open from September 7th, 2021, to October 17th, 2021.

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“The absence of sport over the past year has shown all of us just how important it is in our society and local communities,” said Federation of Irish Sport CEO Mary O’Connor.

“Sport is the backbone of many of our cities, towns and villages and the thousands of sporting volunteers across the country have been there every step of the way, turning up and supporting clubs and communities tirelessly.”

“EBS is once again proud to partner with the Federation of Irish Sport in celebrating and recognising sporting volunteers across local communities and organisations in Ireland,” added Managing Director Paul Butler.

“They are our unsung heroes who have worked tirelessly throughout the last year to keep all sporting events running safely and successfully. Without their hard work and dedication, sport in Ireland simply would not have happened. EBS has been involved in local communities around Ireland for over 80 years and we are really looking forward to showcasing the tremendous work our volunteers do for sport throughout Ireland and giving them the recognition they truly deserve.”

Volunteers in all 32 counties of Ireland will be recognised at the Awards Ceremony. Last year, basketball stalwart, Anne McHale, of Ballina Braves Boys BC in Mayo, received the Outstanding Achievement Award for the many years of tireless service she has given to the sport and the club in her county.

Olympian Pat Hooper was posthumously honoured with a Special Recognition award for his dedication to athletics. Daingean GAA in Offaly also received a Special Recognition award for their commitment to the local community during Covid-19.

For more information on how to nominate your volunteer in sport for the 2021 Volunteer in Sport Awards visit www.volunteersinsport.ie

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