The Federation of Irish Sport today announced the official support of the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships for the 2022 Volunteers in Sports Awards. The nationwide awards recognise individual volunteers at sports clubs and organisations across the country, who give freely of their time and energy to their local club to help make sport happen.

The 2022 Volunteers in Sport Awards, supported by the National Network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships will be celebrated on the 22nd March 2023 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown. In light of the of this announcement the closing date will now be extended to Wednesday 8th February. Nominations can be made by completing a short online entry form at

The National Network of Local Sports Partnerships has a huge presence in sport at a grassroots level engaging with local communities to promote physical activity for all ages and abilities, removing barriers and increasing inclusivity. They offer a wide variety of opportunities to access training, education and targeted programmes and initiatives in sport.

Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport said, “We are absolutely delighted to have the support of the Local Sports Partnership Network. Volunteerism in sport forms the foundation of sport the length and breadth of the country. The LSPs are in the heart of communities, supporting all sports at grassroots level and encouraging physical activity for all. We believe their involvement in the awards will deepen the appreciation of volunteers locally.”

Graham Russell, Head of Sport Louth Sports Partnership said, “As a national network of 29 Local Sports Partnerships we are thrilled to be able to come together to support the Volunteers in Sport Awards as they celebrate those who volunteer their time and energy for the good of their locality. Each Local Sports Partnerships proactively engages locally with sporting clubs and organizations, as well as partnering with the National Governing Bodies of Sport to support local volunteers and encourage clubs and organisations locally to provide opportunities for everyone in the community to get involved in sport and physical activity, ensuring that sport is inclusive and accessible to all.”


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List of Local Sports Partnerships

Carlow Sports Partnership

Cavan Sports Partnership

Clare Sports Partnership

Cork County Sports Partnership

Donegal Sports Partnership

Dublin City Sports Network

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership

Fingal Sports Partnership

Galway Sports Partnership

Kerry Sports Partnership

Kildare Sports Partnership

Kilkenny Sports Partnership

Laois Sports Partnership

Leitrim Sports Partnership

Limerick Sports Partnership

Longford LSP

Louth Sports Partnership

Mayo Sports Partnership

Meath Sports Partnership

Monaghan Sports Partnership

Tipperary Sports Partnership

Offaly Sports Partnership

Roscommon Sports Partnership

Sligo Sports Partnership

South Dublin Sports Partnership

Waterford Sports Partnership

Westmeath Sports Partnership

Wexford Sports Partnership

Wicklow Sports Partnership

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