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SPORT NORTHERN IRELAND

PRESS RELEASE

22 June 2017

 Local Sportmakers to be celebrated as Sport NI launches 2017 Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards

Sport Northern Ireland is inviting the sporting community to say ‘thank you’ to the local people who make sport possible as online nominations open for its 2017 Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards.

The Awards acknowledge the work of Northern Ireland’s sporting workforce and highlight outstanding coaches, officials, volunteers and coaching projects which have made a big impact over the last 12 months. Sport NI’s judging panel will be considering nominees across 12 award categories, recognising achievement at all levels of sports participation, from grassroots through to high performance.

Launching the Awards, Sport NI Chair George Lucas said:

“Sport Northern Ireland is committed to helping local people enjoy, engage and excel in sport, and we know that our local sporting workforce is at the heart of making sport happen. That’s why we’re delighted to be launching this year’s Coaching, Officiating and Volunteering Awards, and to be giving individuals and projects the opportunity to be recognised and celebrated for their dedication and talent.”

Ben Neal, tennis coach at Belfast Boat Club and winner of the 2016 Children’s Coach of the Year Award added:

“It is a great privilege to be a coach and a volunteer in local sport, and knowing the hard work you do is recognised and valued by others means a tremendous amount. Receiving my award from Sport NI was a real highlight of the past 12 months. I would encourage everyone to submit their nominations as there are many talented and dedicated coaches, officials and volunteers out there, and these Awards are a great platform for acknowledging the important work they do behind the scenes”.

Members of the public can make their nominations via the Sport NI website www.sportni.net. Nominations close on Friday 7th July 2017 for all categories.

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