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Mid Ulster Sports Awards 2024

Mid Ulster Sports Awards

The Mid Ulster Sports Awards aims to recognise those people who have excelled in the world of sport and recognise the valuable contribution and time commitment of individuals and teams across the Mid Ulster District Council area.​ 

Nominations are welcome from sports clubs, physical activity groups, schools and members of the public across the eight award categories for teams and individuals, coaches, officials and volunteers. 


Nominating is easy! 

Just complete the nomination form at the link below. All teams/individuals can complete only one nomination in each of the eight categories available. Nominations will close on 12 February 2024.

Nominations are now closed.

The Assessment Panel can only score on information provided in the nomination form so it is important that you read the guidance notes and complete each section, supplying as much information as possible to enable the assessment panel to award an appropriate score.

​This information can be made available in alternative formats, such as audio, braille, easy read or large print and may be provided in alternative languages, upon request. Please contact Mid Ulster District Council’s Policy Engagement & Equality Officer on 03000 132 132 Ex 24612 or via ann.mcaleer@midulstercouncil.org.


The following categories are open for nominations.

Sports Person of the Year Award

This award recognises the highest achieving sports person (over 18). The Sports Person of the Year should have achieved at a high level, show strong leadership, set a good example, and uphold high behavioural and sporting standards. They should go above and beyond in support for, and participation in, their sport.

Nomination forms should include details of all sporting achievements, including competitions and honours at club, county, regional, national, and international levels.  The form should include an indication of the nominee’s strong leadership, going above and beyond, level of commitment to their sport (training schedule, dedication), opportunities taken to develop and other contributions to roles such as mentor, coach, or club ambassador.

Young Sports Person of the Year Award (18 and under)

This award recognises the highest achieving sports person (18 and under). The Young Sports Person of the Year should have achieved at a high level, show strong leadership, set a good example and uphold high behavioural and sporting standards.  They should go above and beyond in support for, and participation in, their sport.

Nomination forms should include details of all sporting achievements, including competitions and honours at club, county, regional, national, and international levels.  The form should include an indication of the nominee’s strong leadership, going above and beyond, level of commitment to their sport (training schedule, dedication), opportunities taken to develop and other contributions to roles such as mentor, coach, or club ambassador.

Sports Person of the Year Award (Disability) 

This award recognises sports people with a disability. Nomination forms should include details of all sporting achievements, including competitions and honours at club, county, regional, national, and international levels.  The form should include an indication of the nominee’s level of commitment to their sport (training schedule, dedication), challenges that have been overcome, opportunities taken to develop and other contributions to roles such as mentor, coach or club ambassador.

Team of the Year Award

This award recognises the most successful sports team of the year in terms of performance and achievement.  Nomination forms should specify the achievements of the team during the year, including any standout individual achievements, obstacles overcome and excellent co-operation in working towards a shared goal. Teams may have achieved excellence at club, county, regional, national, or international level.  Clubs may nominate more than one of their teams.

Club of the Year Award 

This award recognises success in all areas of a club.  The nomination form should highlight how the club has succeeded in performance and achievement, leadership, participation, sustainability and development and connection with the wider community. 
 
The Nomination Form should include details of a Club’s achievements in terms of teams and individuals, the range of demographics, level of activity, any new innovate developments, commitment to the continuous development of members, coaches, volunteers and opportunities for non-players and non-members to participate.

Coach of the Year Award

This category recognises unpaid coaches who have made an outstanding contribution to coaching. This can be either through getting more people involved in local sport, or by working with athletes at a high level and achieving club or athlete success working with potential recognition at national/international level. Nomination forms should include details of the level and range of achievements, progress and development and commitment to coaching eg hours, mentoring, support provided.

Volunteer of the Year Award

This category recognises Volunteers who have given an invaluable contribution with their sport as an administrator, coach or official. A volunteer is described as someone who does not get paid for their services but may be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses.  Nomination forms should include details of the progress and development this volunteer has brought to the club and the range of achievements it has resulted in.

Unsung Hero of the Year Award

This category recognises an unsung hero. The Unsung Hero award celebrates volunteers who make a positive impact in their community by enabling participation in grassroots sports. This person has achieved great things yet is not normally celebrated or recognised. Nomination forms should include details of the level and range of contributions to club life and connections with the wider community.


The decision of the Assessment Panel is final. The outcome cannot be appealed. However, feedback can be requested on the process.