Taking part in sport when young is widely regarded as having a protective effect on health in later years.
Research by Sport England also shows that physical activity is linked to reduced risks of over 20 illnesses, as well as improved mental wellbeing.
At Morningside Pharmaceuticals we’re keen supporters of Sport in the Community and this year we’re proud sponsors of the Leicester Mercury Sports Awards.
Our mission is to ‘make quality healthcare an affordable and accessible reality throughout the world’, which drives our passion for bringing communities together and supporting learning through sports, healthy living and team work.
Dr Nik Kotecha OBE, Chief Executive of Morningside, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the Sports Awards because they play an important role in highlighting and honouring sporting individuals and their contribution to our communities.
“The Under 19s Team category is particularly important for us, because we’re keen supporters of sports within education, which can have a positive impact on students’ overall wellbeing.
“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.