Ulster Rugby Academy
Phoenix has a long history of supporting young people and helping them meet their potential goals in life. Having been its main sponsor for several years, over the past year we have continued with our commitment to support the Ulster Rugby Academy. It is designed to nurture, develop and prepare the next generation of Ulster and Ireland rugby stars. Former graduates include current Ireland rugby international stars Andrew Trimble, Stephen Ferris and Craig Gilroy.
Phoenix GAA Partnership
Phoenix is supporting the Gaelic Athletics Association with the creation of the Phoenix Ulster GAA Elite Academy. The Phoenix Academy brings together Ulster's most promising young GAA athletes. It recognises and develops the skills and abilities of 90 selected young players who have impressed playing for their club, school or county underage teams in both Galeic footabll and hurling.
The Phoenix Elite Academy will encourage the young players to look after their health and wellbeing while developing their skills in Gaelic Games. Areas such as nutrition and hydration, fitness testing, functional movement analysis, skill development and flexibility will be some of issues tackled at the academy sessions.
Alastair Pollock, Business Development Director of Phoenix Natural Gas, said: “Phoenix take its corporate social responsibility very seriously and we have a long history of supporting young people. We feel that our young people need all the help they can get to help them reach their full potential, whether that be through the arts, education or on the sports field. We are delighted that our award-winning community programme now includes a partnership with the GAA”.
As part of Phoenix's commitment to developing local talent there are a number of sports bursaries available to high level athletes who represent their region or country competitively or have the potential to do so, whilst living in Northern Ireland.
This will offer local athletes the opportunity to develop their sporting potential by providing them with funding that will enhance their ability to compete in their given sport at regional, national and international levels.
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