Nominate your rising stars for the Junior Sports Awards

3 females standing in front of a Manfreight Limited lorry cab.
Pictured at the launch of the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Junior Sports Awards 2024 (L-R) Irene Campbell, Sales Manager, Manfreight Ltd; Edith Jamison, Vice Chairman of the ABC Sports Forum; Lord Mayor, Alderman Margaret Tinsley.

Individuals, schools and sports clubs have until 5pm on Friday 5 July 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 1 July 2023 and 30 June 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 27 September in Craigavon Civic and Conference Centre.

Click here for more information on nominations and guidance notes.

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