Full video highlights from the Federation of Irish Sport Conference, 29th May at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Watch full speech from Dr Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport as well as contributions from panellists- Andy Reed, OBE (Chair of UK Sport and Recreation Alliance), Hugo MacNeill (Goldman Sachs, Ireland Funds and former Rugby international), Garrett Kelleher (St Patrick Athletic owner), Kate O’Flaherty (Dept of Health), Keith McCormack (Failte Ireland), Brendan Kenny (Dublin City Council) and Fiona Coghlan (PE Teacher and Irish Rugby Captain).
The Volunteers in Sport Awards 2014 were recently launched by Minister Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Sport and Tourism at the Aviva Stadium. An initiative of the Federation of Irish Sport in conjunction with the Irish Sports Council, the Department of Tourism, Transport and Sport and The Community Foundation of Ireland, the Volunteers in Sport Awards are run to honour the work of volunteers in Irish sport.
The Minister was joined at the launch by John Treacy, CEO, Irish Sports Council, Olympic Gold Medallist Ronnie Delany, Fiona Coghlan, Captain, Irish Women’s Rugby team, Stephanie Roche, Peamount Utd and Republic of Ireland Women’s Football Team, Keith Fahey, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Republic of Ireland and Irish Olympic Boxer Darren O’Neill.
The first awards were presented in 2007 and are designed to recognise the contribution, commitment and dedication of the 500,000 volunteers who give so generously of their time to sport every year. Sport remains the single biggest driver of voluntary activity in Ireland.
Ten winners will be selected to receive an award from the nominations received. An Overall or Lifetime award to honour a volunteer, who has consistently given of their time for a sport, a team, or an event over many years, will also be awarded. Full details of the scheme and how to enter can be found on line at www.volunteersinsport.com
The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Volunteers in Irish Sport Awards is 12noon, Friday 25th April 2014. The awards will be presented to the winners at a ceremony in the Aviva Stadium in early Autumn. Nominate here
Launch Video: Volunteers in Sport Awards 2014