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Nominate your rising stars for the Junior Sports Awards

Individuals, schools and sports clubs have until 5pm on Friday July 5, to nominate young people aged 18 and under who have brought pride and prestige to the borough through their outstanding sporting achievements

Organised by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sports Forum, in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, these annual awards recognise elite sportspeople who have excelled in their chosen sport, and at the same time, acknowledge the outstanding contribution of coaches and volunteers who have helped build on the borough’s reputation for sporting excellence.

Nominations are being sought in the following award categories: Sports Person/Team with a Disability; Junior Male; Junior Female; Junior School Team; Junior Club Team; Youth Male; Youth Female; Youth School Team; Youth Club Team; School Coach; Club Coach and Young Volunteer.

To be eligible, nominees must have achieved a high level of sporting success while competing at county/regional level or above between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

Speaking at the launch of the Junior Sports Awards, Lord Mayor Alderman Margaret Tinsley said: “From the dedicated coaches and volunteers to the talented young athletes who
train and compete at the highest level, these awards are a celebration of the individuals and teams who bring so much sporting pride and success to our borough.

“I am confident we will be inundated with nominations, and I am really looking forward to meeting our inspirational young people, coaches and volunteers at the awards ceremony later this year.

“Once again, we are sincerely grateful to Manfreight Limited for their ongoing sponsorship of the awards.”

Manfreight Ltd Managing Director Nick McCullough added: “At Manfreight we recognise that sport changes lives regardless of background, social standing or even your chosen sport. Whether through individual aptitude or effective teamwork, sport provides an avenue for opportunity.

“At Manfreight, we proudly embrace this opportunity and appreciate the wide range of skills that sports participation can offer individuals throughout their lives.”

The shortlisted nominees will be announced in September and the awards ceremony will be held on Friday September 27, in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.

Nominations must be completed online and can be found along with the guidance notes at

For further information, contact Sarah Aiken, Sports Development Assistant Manager on 07733 596 612 or email

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