Unsung sporting heroes honoured at Sport NI’s SportMaker Awards

Coaches, volunteers and officials – the unsung heroes who make sport happen – were honoured on Tuesday night at Sport NI’s annual SportMaker Awards Celebration Evening. Returning for the first time since the pandemic, the SportMaker awards recognise the outstanding contribution of coaches, officials, volunteers and projects over the last 12 months and the vital role they play…Continue reading this article →

Gareth Sharvin moves from behind the camera to win Volunteer of the Year award

Gareth Sharvin never pictured it, but the Saul GAC Public Relations Officer (PRO) has claimed the Sport NI SportMaker Volunteer of the Year award! The award is for a volunteer in a non-coaching or technical official role, who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of sport. Gareth fits the description perfectly. The County…Continue reading this article →

Coach Erroll Lutton adds to trophy cabinet with SportMaker Award

After a remarkable season for Lisnagarvey Hockey Club, Coach Erroll Lutton has won Sport NI’s Club Performance Coach of the Year award. The award recognises the achievements of a coach working with athletes at the highest level of domestic club sport. Lisnagarvey had a season to remember after claiming the All Ireland EY Irish Hockey…Continue reading this article →

‘Sport must change the game for women and girls’

Women’s sport has come a long way in the ten years that I have led Sport NI. We continue to see incredible success women in sport on and off the pitch – as participants, elite athletes, as officials and as leaders in sports governing bodies and sports councils. And yet ten years later, we remain…Continue reading this article →

From Pupil to Teacher – Rachel McClean wins Sport NI Volunteer Award

Providing a safe space for young people to play sport in her local community has led Rachel McClean to winning the Sport NI SportMaker Young Volunteer of the Year award. The award recognises the important work carried out by a volunteer, under the age of 25 years old, who has made an outstanding contribution to…Continue reading this article →

Anna Pim shows her heart for people to win Sport NI Award

18-year-old Anna Pim has not only had a successful season on the hockey pitch, but also off it by claiming the Sport NI SportMaker Project of the Year award. This award celebrates a project/programme which uses high quality coaching, officiating and/or volunteering as a means of enabling more people to benefit from the power of…Continue reading this article →

Hockey Umpire Scores Win with Sport NI Award

There were celebrations at North Down Hockey Club when Amy Jones received the prestigious SportMaker Young Technical Official of the Year award. Amy, an up-and-coming hockey umpire, was surprised by a Sport NI film crew who captured the moment she was told of her win during a mid-week training session. Sport NI’s annual SportMaker awards…Continue reading this article →