2020 Ulster Herald Sports Awards Launched
THE Coronavirus Pandemic brought about many disruptions to our lives and the world of sport over the past twelve months and as a result the annual 2020 Ulster Herald Sports Personality Awards have undergone some major changes.
We are delighted to welcome a new main sponsor onboard in MFC Sports, which is a local sports clothing manufacturer formed by Dromore natives, Sean O’Neill and Fabian O’Neill. The company supplies many local sports clubs and teams with their playing kit and it aims to design, develop and deliver excellent quality teamwear and leisurewear to clubs, schools, organisations and individuals across the world. And they are delighted to come on-board with the Ulster Herald to celebrate another wonderful year of sporting success and celebration in the local area.
“We, here at MFC, are delighted to be onboard this year as sponsors of the Ulster Herald Sports Awards,” said MFC managing director, Sean O’Neill. This is a fantastic initiative recognising individuals across the board of sport within the local community and acknowledging their contributions. Sport plays a huge part of many people’s lives and helps to build a strong heart within the community, bringing people together from far and wide. We, as teamwear specialists, are fortunate to supply a number of teams and sporting associations within Tyrone, and further afield, and love nothing more than to see our customers excel. It brings us great pride to work with the Ulster Herald to reward these individuals for their dedication, hard work and devotion to their sports.”
As Sean pointed out, sport plays a huge part in people’s lives and that was most definitely the case in 2020. Although there were more cancellations and postponements than anyone would have liked, local people found other ways to use sport to help their communities and neighbours.
While the sporting calendar changed almost beyond recognition last year, so too must our annual celebration, which will move online rather than being a black-tie function. We will remind everyone of the 12 monthly nominees starting next Thursday in the Ulster Herald and then daily via social media over 12 days. Voting will open on Tuesday 2nd March and will close four days later. From this we will use the votes as guide to help us honour a young sports personality and an overall sports personality of the year, each of whom will receive some unique sportswear from our sponsor, MFC Sports.
The results will be broadcast ‘live’ via the Ulster Herald Facebook and Twitter accounts on Wednesday, March 10th at 7pm.
“While we are disappointed not to be able to hold our annual awards night in person this year, we are delighted to welcome MFC Sports onboard as the event’s new sponsor,” stated Herald sports editor Barry O’Donnell. He added: “We look forward to unveiling our awards winners online and hope you can join us on Wednesday, March 10th for the results broadcast.”