Cash boost for rising stars
Leading dairy business Dale Farm has launched a major funding boost for local sporting talent, through the Dale Farm ‘2012 Dreams’ Sports Award in association with the Mary Peters Trust.
Specifically open to local athletes aiming to compete at Olympic and Paralympic Games level, the award represents the biggest individual sporting bursary available in Northern Ireland — worth £5,000.
The initiative also incorporates a possible £1,500 for runners at grassroots level and a support campaign this summer will provide local primary schools with special sporting equipment for use at Sports Day events.
The winner of last year’s Dale Farm ‘2012 Dreams’ Sports Award, long distance runner Ciara Mageean, helped launch this year’s award alongside Dame Mary Peters DBE and Brian Beattie, head of marketing with Dale Farm.
Beattie said: “With the Olympics drawing ever closer, we want to encourage Northern Ireland’s sporting elite to come forward for this award, which has been designed specifically to help them realise their goals.”
Dame Mary Peters DBE added: “Recognising and supporting young talent is so important and with the Games in 2012 fast approaching this year’s award is more significant than ever.”
Nomination forms are available from from all sports governing bodies, the Mary Peters Trust or by logging on to www.dalefarm.co.uk.
The deadline for entries is Friday, May 27.