The Ulster Bank League Awards were launched yesterday and will take place at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday, 17th May.
They are a celebration of the local heroes who line out for their clubs across the country.
While approaching the end of the season, there is still plenty left to play for in the Ulster Bank League with the Division 1A semi-finals and the remaining promotion/relegation playoffs all taking place this weekend which will have a huge impact on the season.
Sport for Business and Ulster Bank have been touring the country in recent weeks with the Help for What Matters Rugby Club Roadshow, seeing at first hand the effort and belief that goes in at this level of the game.
The end of season Awards include a Player of the Year in each division, a Provincial Player of the Year and the new #UBLTry of the season award.
This Award will be decided by public vote via social media. The nominees for the Awards will be announced shortly and Ulster Bank League fans will have the opportunity to vote for the Provincial Player of the year Awards as well as the Try of the Year.
Last year, a new category was added to recognise a Club Volunteer of the Year. The Award proved a very popular addition and highlighted the amount of hard work put in behind the scenes. This Award will again be included in this year’s event and clubs will be encouraged to submit their nominations over the coming weeks.
“Local clubs are the core of our game and the Ulster Bank League is at the pinnacle of the club game,” said Nicholas Comyn, Junior Vice President of the IRFU.
“Rewarding the players who excel at this level is very important and we would like to commend Ulster Bank for doing so and we look forward to the event.”
“We are delighted to announce the 2018 Ulster Bank League Awards and very much look forward to honouring the hard work and dedication of the players and club members who performed admirably throughout the 2017/2018 campaign,” added Carol McMahon, Head of Business Marketing and Sponsorship for Ulster Bank.
“We realise that there are some very important matches down for decision this weekend and we would like to take this opportunity to wish all the players and clubs the best of luck.”
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