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Welcome to the Sport Northern Ireland Athlete Awards 2024-25


In this investment, where applicable, Sport Northern Ireland will contribute to the essential personal living costs of an athlete.

This investment aims to enable athletes to train in order to maximise potential.  Those applying will be required to demonstrate that their circumstances have changed or need to change significantly to allow them to adequately prepare for competition or the national high performance programme.

This investment is in line with Sport Northern Ireland’s Corporate Plan and Strategic Outcome 2; ‘Our athletes among the best in the World’ by targeting athletes who have the potential to achieve success and excel in Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games.

How to apply

Governing Bodies of sports will be responsible for nominating athletes for the Athlete Awards. Applications submitted directly from athletes will not be considered.

These awards will operate on an annual basis. The 2024-25 awards nomination process will open on Friday 2nd February 2024 and close at 4pm on Friday 1st March 2024.

Successful nominations can expect to receive the award in advance of the expenditure period; half of the award in April 2024 and the second instalment in October 2024.

  • Please use the Athlete Award Nominations document to submit nominations to Sport Northern Ireland.  Each tab on this nomination form must be completed in full.

Please submit the Athlete Award Nomination document to by 4pm on Friday 1st March 2024.

To see the Athlete Awards 2023/24 funding amounts, CLICK HERE.

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