Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Active Communities Awards

The Active Cork Community Awards were established by Cork Sports Partnership under its Active Cork Communities Initiative to honour, recognise and celebrate the individuals and groups in our local Cork communities that go above and beyond in their efforts to promote community sport and physical activity opportunities while equally promoting positive health and wellbeing for all. 

This is the first year of the awards, which were organised to highlight the important role that community groups, organisations and individuals play in local community health and wellbeing, in addition to the many ways these groups and individuals enhance the quality of life and health of their local community. The last year has been particularly challenging for community groups and individuals alike, we know that people and groups have gone above and beyond to support the most vulnerable in their communities through this pandemic.

Communities have come up with unique and innovative ways to keep people engaged in physical activity and sport, thus supporting them to look after their physical and mental health.

Through the Cork Healthy Ireland fund with the support of local partners and agencies we can now begin to recognise these efforts across the many communities in Cork with our Active Community Awards 2021. This awards scheme is now open and is seeking nominations from groups and individuals, community campaigns and inclusion initiatives.

About the Awards

The Active Community Awards are coordinated by Cork Sports Partnership with the support of the Cork Healthy Ireland Fund and local partners Cork County Council and Cork City Council.

The aim of the Active Community Awards is:

  • To recognise and highlight the contributions, commitments and dedication of volunteer groups and individuals who strive to create local opportunities for people to be active while equally promoting positive health and wellbeing for all.  
  • To bring recognition to projects and people for the work they do, that may otherwise go unrecognised. 

>>Active Community Awards Press Release Final<<

Award Categories


  • This award is to acknowledge a volunteer group of people that campaign to give members of the community the opportunity to participate in locally coordinated physical activity and community sports programmes and opportunities.    
  • As a group, they bring about change in their community. Examples of projects may include; Development of facilities/ infrastructure, applications for grants, online campaigns, community physical activity campaigns etc. 
  • They inspire and motivate others and have been particularly successful in engaging and creating sustainable local opportunities to benefit the whole community. They equally promote positive health and wellbeing, inclusive for all. 
  • Nominee examples; Local Town Councils, Community Groups, Tidy Towns, Parents Associations, Sports/Physical Activity Group or Club, Volunteer Groups, Disability Service, Local Schools Groups etc. programmes or events. 


  • This award is to acknowledge and recognise successful community campaigns, events or initatives that encourage people to be active. 
  • These events or initiatives give people the opportunity to participate in locally led physical activity and community sports programmes while equally promoting positive health and wellbeing for all. 
  • They encourage and promote the use of existing facilities and amenities or engage people in online programmes or initatives.
  • Nominee examples; walking weekends, local health campaigns, part of a national campaign eg European Week of Sport, Bike Week, Operation Transformation, Active Schools etc.
  • Campaigns may include; Annual to once-off events, Programmes and Initiatives.


  • This award is to acknowledge an individual’s work in the development and or promotion of locally led physical activity and community sports programmes.
  • This award recognises the individual who has made a significant impact on improving local health and wellbeing through sport, exercise or physical activity opportunities and initatives in a voluntary capacity.
  • It recognizes individuals’ efforts in leading and activating opportunities for people to be active across sport, exercise and physical activity. Without this individual, community lead initiatives would not be possible.


  • This award is to acknowledge groups or organisations that provide a leading role in the area of inclusion in their communities.  Their aim is to minimise social exclusion and/or help to improve the quality of life and reduce barriers to participation for socially excluded groups through physical activity or sports. 
  • This award will focus on support which has been given to socially excluded groups in the area of sport and physical activity. 
  • Examples include; Working with the elderly, People with Disabilities, Ethnic Minority, Travelling Community, People in Direct Provision and the Homeless. 

Application Process

  1. All nominees shall receive a certificate of participation to acknowledge the work they have done in their communitIes across each category.  
  2. Nominations are made through the online nomination form (see below).
  3. Category finalists will be picked from the nominations recieved per category.
  4. The category finalists will be in 1) Active Community Group Award, 2) Active Community Campaign 3) Active Community Champion Award, 4) Active Community Inclusion Award.
  5. An Awards Ceremony (virtual or face to face will take place in May)  
  6. An overall winner will be selected for each category. 

Active Community Awards 2021- Finalists

Cork Sports Partnership would like to thank all the people who took the time to send in nominations accross the four categories. The calibre of the nominations that were submitted were amazing. It showcased some of the phenomenal worked being carried out in communities across Cork City and County. The winners across each category were announced at the virtual awards ceremony on Friday June 18th. Please click on the link below to watch the Awards Ceremony on playback and check out all our wonderful finalists and category winners below:

Congratulations to all of our worthy Winners and Finalists for 2021:






>> Post Awards Press Release Final<<

Contact:  Catherina Lane at

Active Community Awards

An experienced and knowledgeable judging panel will determine the category winners of the Active Community Awards 2021.  The awards will go to the community groups and individuals that receives the highest average mark from our judging panel based on the criteria. 

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