Keeping Cork Active
Keeping Cork Active

Active Community Awards

The Active Community Awards return in 2023

This is the third year of the awards that seek to recognise the amazing work done by volunteers in promoting sport and physical activity throughout Cork city and county.

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 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. Those nominated enhance the quality of life and health of their local community. 

Throughout the first two years of the awards, Cork Sports Partnership has highlighted the invaluable work being done throughout Cork. Many extremely worthwhile individuals and groups were recognised for their tremendous work while facing many tough challenges. The awards acknowledged the people and groups have gone above and beyond to support their communities.

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.

Working with local partners and agencies we can again recognise the efforts of many communities in Cork with our Active Community Awards. 

About the Awards

The Active Community Awards are coordinated by Cork Sports Partnership with the support of local partners, agencies and organisations. 

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. 

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. Please Note: This award is for those acting in a voluntary capacity only


  • 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. Nominations are made through the online nomination form
  2. Category finalists will be picked from the nominations received per category
  3. 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.
  4. The Awards Ceremony will take place online in November 2023. 
  5. An overall winner will be selected for each category. 

Active Community Awards 2023 - Finalists

Active Community Group

Active Community Champion

Active Community Campaign

Active Community Inclusion

Active Community Awards 2022 - Finalists & Winners

Cork Sports Partnership would like to thank and acknowledge all the 2022 nominees and finalists:

Active Community Group

  1. Bandon GAA Healthy Club
  2. Delanys GAA – (Winner)
  3. Lough Hyne Lappers
Active Community Inclusion
  1. Síulóid at CCRC
  2. Crosshaven Tennis Club – (Winner)
  3. West Cork Jesters
Active Community Campaign
  1. Keelnameela Gaelic4Mothers&Others – (Winner)
  2. Blue Movers – St. Finbarr’s GAA Healthy Club
  3. Castleview AFC
Active Community Champion
  1. Jim McEvoy
  2. Gillian Murphy 
  3. Nobby Dunne – (Winner)

Active Community Awards 2021- Finalists & Winners

Cork Sports Partnership would like to thank and acknowledge all the 2021 nominees, finalists and category winners.  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<<

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