Press Release

May 12 2023

Basketball Ireland nominated for National Governing Body of The Year at Irish Sports Industry Awards

Basketball Ireland have received two nominations, including National Governing Body of The Year at the 'Federation of Irish Sport' 2023 Irish Sport Industry Awards. 

The second nomination comes in the 'Best Use of Communications Platforms in Sport' category for the introduction of and the Swish All Hoops app. The winners of the 11 categories in total will be revealed at the 2023 Irish Sport Industry Awards ceremony at Dublin’s Westin Hotel on Thursday 25th May.

'It's fantastic to see the ongoing hard work of the staff and volunteers of Basketball Ireland being recognised,' said Basketball Ireland CEO John Feehan. 'The last twelve months have been a very important period of development for Irish basketball both on and off the court, and lot of hard work has gone in at all levels to ensure it was a success. ' and the Swish All Hoops app are two key building blocks in the digitisation of Irish basketball, bringing an increased accessibility and awareness of the sport to our fans in Ireland and across the globe. There's also been some fantastic innovation across the spectrum of sport in Ireland this year, so for Basketball Ireland to be amongst the nominees for the Irish Sport Industry Awards is a nice acknowledgement of what we are trying to achieve.' he added. 

The awards ceremony will be attended by an audience of invited guests from across the sports sector with Deputy Niamh Smyth TD, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media delivering the keynote address.

The 11 award categories celebrate a cross section of organisations, people and capabilities that fuel and drive the management, funding, and sustainability of sport in Ireland. 

The Judging Panel for the 2023 awards chaired by Rob Hartnett, Founder and CEO of Sport for Business comprises members of the sports sector from media, business, PR, and local and national representative bodies.

Mary O’Connor, CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport said, We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Irish Sport Industry Award categories, in association with Financial Broker. Sport is an integral part of Irish society, and we are really looking forward tocelebrating and recognising the immense value of sport to the Irish economy."

“I would like to say a big thank you to the national governing bodies, local sports partnerships and those in the sports sector that submitted entries this year. The standard and number of entries for 2023 has been phenomenal.”

 Rob Hartnett, Chair Judging Panel, CEO and Founder Sport for Business said: "It is always a pleasure to judge great work and that is what we have seen this year. The judges pored over nearly 100 submissions and we emerged with the best of the best. "Sometimes we fail to stop and recognise our achievements. That is why these awards are so important, and why chairing the judging panel is such an Honour."

Shortlist of Open Category Nominees 

Best Sports Sponsorship                                                      

  • Fyffes Fit Squad - Titan Experience
  • Athletics Ireland, 123.i.e., National Cross-Country Championship
  • Electric Ireland, GAA Minor Championship ‘This is Major’
  • AIG Ireland, ‘Effort Is Equal’ - Futureproof Media
  • VHI, ‘More Than Running’ - Teneo 

Best Use of Communications Platforms in Sport

  • Fifty-Three Six – FAI ‘Give a Little, Get a Lot’
  • Basketball Ireland - All Hoops App
  • Gymnastics Ireland – The Floor
  • Munster Rugby – Access Munster
  • Canoeing Ireland – WWW (Workouts, Wellbeing & Wellness)

Best Initiative to Promote Women in Sport & Physical Activity             

  • Golf Ireland – LevelPar
  • Canoeing Ireland – Bridging the Gap
  • TITAN Experience, HER Outdoors week
  • Laois Local Sports Partnership – MenoWell Programme
  • Rowing Ireland - Get Going Get Rowing

Best Initiative to Promote Inclusivity in Sport & Physical Activity

  • IMART (International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament), Mixed Ability Sport
  • Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown Sports Partnership, Inclusive Cycling For All
  • Sporting Pride, LGBTQ+ Learn to Swim Programme
  • Vision Sports Ireland, Zero Limits Track Day
  • Irish Sailing, Sailing For All 

Local Sports Partnership of the Year                                  

  • Mayo Sports Partnership
  • Meath Local Sports Partnership
  • Clare Sports Partnership
  • Laois Sports Partnership
  • Louth Local Sports Partnership

National Governing Body of the Year                                              

  • Athletics Ireland
  • Vision Sports Ireland
  • Swim Ireland
  • Basketball Ireland
  • Canoeing Ireland

Best New Sports Business of the Year                                

  • Brace Social Ltd.
  • Her Sport
  • RugbySmarts
  • ForeFront Sports
  • Output Sports

Best Sports Business of the Year                                         

  • Fifty-Three Six
  • Tixserve
  • TITAN Experience
  • Sports Key
  • Irish American Events Ltd.