One of the biggest, single development awards ever offered here, worth £5,000 to the young athlete recipient, has been launched by leading dairy company Dale Farm.
Delivered in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust, the Dale Farm FutureStar Award is calling for applications from athletes aged 16 years and over who have demonstrated the excellence and potential to participate at an international level.
As well as much-needed financial support, the recipient will receive new kit and a steady supply of dairy products, including Dale Farm Protein Milk aimed at increasing protein intake pre-and post-training. The winner will also be given the opportunity to enhance the skills required by a professional athlete, including a media interview training session with the Belfast Telegraph's Group Sports Editor Jim Gracey.
Building on the company's long-standing history of supporting local sports, from grassroots to elite levels, the Dale Farm FutureStar Award is one of the most significant, private-sector funded, individual athlete awards in Northern Ireland.
"We are proud to once again partner with Mary Peters Trust to launch the Dale Farm FutureStar Award, which will recognise the cream of the crop of local athletes - and provide a springboard to help them reach their full potential," said Caroline Martin, Head of Marketing, Dale Farm.
"We understand the hard work and determination that athletes, their coaches, and indeed their families, put into developing their career and the associated time and financial commitment that goes along with that," Caroline said.
Applicants must be 16 years of age as of May 26, 2017. A judging panel, consisting of representatives from Mary Peters Trust and Dale Farm, will assess all applications, with the winner being announced in June.
Application forms are available from www.marypeterstrust.org or by contacting the Mary Peters Trust on 028 9068 6730 or email email@example.com