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Mary Peters Trust offers £42k to Northern Ireland athletes

By Robert Jones

Published 17/05/2016

Helping hand: The Mary Peters Trust has once again helped 80 young athletes from across Northern Ireland to support their professional careers. Kane Tucker, Kyle Marshall and Lauren Strange, pictured with the Chairperson of the Mary Peters Trust Eilish Rutherford, all received funding at the Athlete Academy
Helping hand: The Mary Peters Trust has once again helped 80 young athletes from across Northern Ireland to support their professional careers. Kane Tucker, Kyle Marshall and Lauren Strange, pictured with the Chairperson of the Mary Peters Trust Eilish Rutherford, all received funding at the Athlete Academy

The Mary Peters Trust has once again provided funding in excess of £42,000 to 80 young athletes from across Northern Ireland in order to support and accelerate their professional careers.

In addition to this financial support, the athletes — along with their parents, coaches and sports body representatives — were invited along to the Trust’s Athlete Academy where they heard from industry experts who advised them on how they can best manage the non-sporting elements of their careers.

The Athlete Academy takes place bi-annually and the focus of the event was managing a professional online presence with guest speakers including Carly Rodgers, Digital Communications Manager at George Best Belfast City Airport and Pete Hanlon, Head of Creative at Flint Studios.

Eilish Rutherford, Chairperson of the Mary Peters Trust, said: “Our Athlete Academy allows the athletes to gain knowledge in areas such as nutrition, media relations, maximising and leveraging sponsor relationships, to managing their personal online social media presence.”

The Mary Peter’s Trust recently unveiled its new website which was designed and developed by Flint Studios. The company is also creating a digital funding application form, which will be live in the near future.

Hanlon said: “We are delighted to partner with the Mary Peters Trust. It is inspiring to see the funding and support the Trust provides having such a positive impact on young people, creating the next generation of sports ambassadors in Northern Ireland.”

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