The Federation of Irish Sport will host the inaugural Sport Industry Awards on 5th November this year at the Smock Alley Theatre. www.sportindustryawards.ie
The sports industry in Ireland supports 40,000 jobs, contributes 2.4% to GDP and stimulates €1.9 billion in household spending each year. The sport industry awards are intended to recognise and reward excellence in the business of sport whilst showcasing the contribution of this developing sector to Ireland’s economy.
Winners will be announced at the inaugural award ceremony to be held on Thursday 5th November at the Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin. Twelve awards shall be for up for grabs showcasing the various aspects of the sports industry in Ireland. Categories include established and emerging sports business, best mass participation event, best international sports event hosted in Ireland, best sports facility, best CSR initiative in sport and excellence in media coverage.
An experienced and knowledge judging panel drawn from both the sport and business communities including, former Dublin Football Manager and Veolia CEO, Pat Gilroy and Consultant and Santry Sports Clinic Founder, Ray Moran will determine the winners. Matt Cooper is chairing the judging panel and shall act as MC at the award ceremony. The judges shall not be required to select an entry where it is felt that no applicant has met the standard required.
The awards are being supported by a number of brands including Supervalu, Paddy Power, Crowne Plaza Blanchardstown, Failte Ireland, WHPR, IPB Insurance, Leman Solicitors as well as the Sunday Business Post. Full details together with information as to how to enter the awards can be found at www.sportindustryawards.ie and https://twitter.com/SportAwardsIRE and the deadline for entries is Friday 2nd October.
Speaking about the awards, the President of the Federation of Irish Sport and Dublin footballer Bernard Brogan said:
“We all know that sport is hugely important to us here in Ireland. However, the contribution that sport makes to the economic life of the country is much less known. Sport is one of the fastest developing sectors here in Ireland and indeed, between 2006 & 2011 there was more growth in the number of people employed as professional athletes or sports officials than in computer related activities. The Federation strongly believes that much more benefit can be derived from the commercial side of sport and to this end have developed the inaugural sport industry awards both to recognise those who have achieved excellence as well as shine a light on the economic contribution of the sector as a whole.”
He continued that “Irish companies such as Teamer have previously been shortlisted for the equivalent awards in the UK and with a growing number of Irish companies for example, Orecco and Kitman increasingly making an impact on the world stage, we feel it is a welcome development to have an appropriate forum in which to acknowledge such enterprises here in Ireland.”