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Cream of local starlets can receive a real boost from Dale Farm

By Jim Gracey

Northern Ireland's leading dairy company Dale Farm have renewed their support for local sporting talent by launching the 2015-16 Dale Farm Athletes' Academy, in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust.

The annual programme provides five of Northern Ireland's most promising young athletes with access to expert mentorship to help them meet their international career goals as well as a much-needed financial boost.

With a history of backing local sport, from grassroots to elite levels, Dale Farm have been helping drive the careers of young athletes through the Academy, and previously the Dale Farm Sports Award, for many years.

Dale Farm Commercial Director of Branded Products, Jason Hempton, said: "We are committed to nurturing young sporting talent and highlighting the benefits of an active lifestyle."

Dame Mary Peters DBE, President of the Mary Peters Trust, added: "We have such a wealth of sporting talent in Northern Ireland but young athletes rely on support such as that of Dale Farm. We hope that the 2015-16 Dale Farm Athletes' Academy will once again shine the light on our passionate young sports people."

As well as receiving a bursary, the five selected athletes will participate in a masterclass, during which they will access one-on-one mentorship from a team of experts on topics such as nutrition and sports psychology.

The quintet will also have the chance to inspire 'little athletes' at primary school level through the Dale Farm School Sports Day programme next spring.

Nomination forms for the 2015-16 Dale Farm Athletes' Academy are available from all sports governing bodies, Mary Peters Trust or www.dalefarm.co.uk with applications closing tomorrow. Winners are announced in October.

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