Nominate Your Under 19s Team Superstars for Leicester Mercury Sports Awards

Submitted by lmsa on Tue, 11/19/2019 - 09:31

It’s no secret that participation in sport has a positive effect on the lives of young people.

Research by Sport England also shows that physical activity is linked to reduced risks of over 20 illnesses, and also improves mental wellbeing.

One company looking to support youth sport is quality medicines manufacturer and supplier, Morningside Pharmaceuticals. They have also shown their support for the upcoming Leicester Mercury Sports Awards by sponsoring the ‘Under 19/School Team of the Year’ award. 

The company’s mission is to ‘make quality healthcare an affordable and accessible reality throughout the world’, which drives their passion for bringing communities together and making lives healthier.

This year’s awards take place on Thursday 16th January and Morningside’s Chief Executive Dr Nik Kotecha OBE explained why they made the decision to back this particular category.  

 “We’re delighted to be supporting the 2019 Leicester Mercury Sports Awards because they play an important role in highlighting and honouring sporting individuals and their contribution to our communities,” he said.

“The Under 19/ School Team category is particularly important for us, because we’re keen supporters of sports within education, which can have a positive impact on students’ learning, health, wellbeing and be great for team building.

“We’re also keen supporters of sports in Leicestershire, with our named sponsorship of the Morningside Arena, Leicester, being one of our biggest partnerships. The 5,000 capacity arena provides leading sports facilities to students from Leicester College, as well as being the home of UK basketball champions the Leicester Riders.

“Under our partnership we’re able to gift good causes use of the arena’s conference facilities for free, which they then use as fundraising space for their activities.”

Morningside Pharmaceuticals also sponsors the Morningside Medical Centre at Leicestershire County Cricket Club’s Grace Road ground, which is helping the club continue to be at the forefront of sports science and medicine.

Prior to the creation of the Morningside Medical Centre players and visitors were treated offsite for injuries or if they fell ill, which put added pressure on the club and emergency services when treatment was urgently needed.

While the winning decision for these awards is down to an external panel of judges, Dr Kotecha and his team still have a clear view of what they hope to see in 2019’s winners.

This award recognises a school, college or youth team that has excelled in its chosen sport,” said Dr Kotecha. 

“The nominees and overall winners will demonstrate an inspiring level of dedication to achievement, great teamwork and building upon their success continually, for excellent results.”

For more information contact Megan Whittaker at Champions (UK) plc on 01509 85 29 27 or email

Morningisde Pharmaceuticals