There are several different types of sports related awards in NUI Galway. All of them recognise excellence albeit in different spheres of sporting life. At the start of each year the University Sports & Recreation Unit awards Scholarships to its most promising athletes. These Scholarships allow our most talented sports people the opportunity to develop their ability . The University's annual sports awards are given out each March to the Athletes and teams who through the academic year have proven to be of a high standard in their respective field. Throughout the year, the sports clubs promote recreational and competitive aspects of sport.

In April the Students' Union host an awards ceremony to reward clubs for their work in the student body through the year. The university recognises the time club members volunteer to clubs through the ALIVE programme.