Sport NI SportMaker Awards 2023

Closed 9 Oct 2023

Opened 31 Aug 2023


Sport Northern Ireland is giving the sporting community an opportunity to say “thank you” to local coaches, officials, volunteers and projects, through their 2023 SportMaker Awards.

The Sport Northern Ireland SportMaker Awards recognise the outstanding contribution of coaches, officials, volunteers and projects over the previous 12 months and the role they play in encouraging people to benefit from the power of sport.

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

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

Awards for Officials

  1. Technical Official of the Year
  2. Young Technical Official of the Year (25 years of age and under)

Awards for Volunteers

  1. Volunteer of the Year
  2. Young Volunteer of the Year (25 years of age and under)

Awards for SportMaker Projects

  1. Project of the Year

Why your views matter

Everyone working and involved in sport know that coaches, officials and volunteers play an absolutely vital role in getting people active and supporting them to pursue and achieve their sporting goals.

The talent, commitment and passion of our sporting workforce here in Northern Ireland is outstanding, but because their work happens behind the scenes or off the field of play, they all too often go unnoticed.

That’s why Sport Northern Ireland is so delighted to be providing a platform for the public to recognise and celebrate the success and dedication of those who make sport happen every day, at community, club and elite level, through this year’s SportMaker Awards.

For further information and guidance on the SportMaker Awards, including category criteria and completing the online nomination process, please click here  SportMaker 2023 Guidance and Support Document 

To begin completing your nomination, please click on the nomination form link below.


  • Citizens


  • Higher Education