The Federation of Irish Sport has called on entries for the 2019 Irish Sport Industry Awards.

The awards, which are in their fourth year, recognise the invaluable relationship between business and sport in Ireland. The Sport industry in Ireland supports 40,000 jobs, stimulates €1.9 billion in household spending and generates €1 billion in tourism receipts each year. The awards recognize and reward excellence in the business of sport, while simultaneously highlighting the contribution of sport to Ireland Inc. An experienced and knowledgeable judging panel, drawn from both the sport and business communities, will determine the winners of the fourth annual Irish Sport Industry Awards. The judging panel will be Chaired by Sport for Business founder Rob Hartnett.

Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport said, “I am delighted that the Irish Sport Industry Awards are returning for another year. The Awards were

set up to highlight the overall impact sport has on the economy from a variety of sources including sports businesses, sporting equipment, the construction of facilities, jobs, marketing spends, tourism and so on. These awards recognise the value that sport adds to the Irish economy while also acknowledging the work done by those National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships who deliver on the continued investment from business. I would encourage everyone involved in sport to submit an entry to the variety of open categories available.”

The 2019 awards are bigger and better than ever with 14 categories encompassing everything from Best Sporting Event, to New Sports Business, to NGB and LSP of the year and beyond. In a change from previous years, the 2019 awards will be comprised of 6 open categories for which the public can apply and/or nominate and 8 closed categories which will be chosen based on the in depth knowledge of the expert judging panel.

The event will be held on Monday the 15th April in the Crown Plaza Blanchardstown this year.

Nominations are now being accepted for all open categories and can be made via www.irishsportindustryawards.ie. Closing date for applications is Friday 29th of March 2019.

Full category list:

Open categories

1. Best use of social media by an organisation

2. Best programme/campaign to increase sporting participation

3. The Inclusivity Award

4. 20X20 Award

5. Local sports partnership initiative of the year

6. National governing body of the year

Closed categories : decided by the Federation of Irish Sport Judges

7. The Jimmy Magee award for Sports journalist of the year

8. Sports media outlet of the year

9. New sports business of the year

10. Sports business of the year

11. Sporting innovation of the year

12. Sporting event of the year

13. Best sports sponsorship of the year

14. Outstanding contribution For more information visit www.irishsportindustryawards.ie or contact Sinead Conroy on 01 6251155 or via sinead.conroy@irishsport.ie