Sports Awards: Nominate your Sporting Star

Friday 1st December 2023

Ards and North Down Borough Council has launched the 2023 Sports Awards to recognise sporting achievement in the Borough. Nominations are now open and the winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony on 1 March.

Photo: Leigh Bradshaw/Inspire

The aim of the Awards is to recognise, promote and reward local sporting achievements of teams and individuals across the Borough. Schools, sports clubs, and members of the public are encouraged to nominate their sporting stars from this year.

Whether it is someone you admire for their passion in sport, or someone who has inspired you, instilled great confidence in you or your child, or perhaps given up a lot of their free time to help in a sports club - there are many reasons why you can nominate that sporting star who has made an impact on you.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Jennifer Gilmour, said:

“We are seeking nominations from schools, sports clubs, individuals and members of the public to nominate the sporting stars of Ards and North Down. It is important to recognise the efforts and achievements of all our sporting stars and there are many reasons to nominate someone. There are different categories so make sure the dedicated sporting people of our Borough are recognised for their efforts by nominating them for an award.”

The nomination categories are:

- Sports Person of the Year Sponsored by Mervyn Stewart Skoda
- Sports Person of the Year U18 Sponsored by Prestige Trophies
- Sports Person of the Year U15 Sponsored by Royal British Legion
- Sports Team of the Year Sponsored by Progressive Building Society
- U18 Junior Sports Team of the Year Sponsored by K9 Search and Rescue
- U15 Junior Sports Team of the Year Sponsored by Dynes Residential
- Sports Coach of the Year Sponsored by Quarry RNLI
- Volunteer of the Year in memory of Alderman Menagh
- Lifetime Service Recognition Sponsored by the Mayor of Ards and North Down
- Wall of Fame Inductee Sponsored by Ards and North Down Sports Forum

Nominations opened on 1 December and close at 4pm on 5 January 2024. Nomination forms can be downloaded from or by contacting the Sports Development team. Call 0300 013 3333 (ext. 40341) or email