The Tyrone senior ladies who reached the all Ireland intermediate final in September are back in preparation for the new season but they will also be focusing on their first major fundraiser of the year this coming February. Players, management, officials and indeed a couple of special guests will tackle a sponsored "Spinathon" in Omagh town centre on Saturday 17th February with all proceeds going to support the senior squad.
Speaking at the launch of the event over the Christmas holidays the players outlined their plans for this 2018 fundraiser…
"There has been plenty of discussion about the costs of facilities and the fact we don't get the same financial backing as the men's footballers but it's a case of not dwelling on that and getting things done ourselves, being hands on it's all about raising vital funds"
Tyrone management and players hope that the local communities and clubs will get behind the players who will be seeking sponsorship now over the coming weeks ahead of this big fundraiser, they will also be gearing up for the opening salvo's in the national football league, manager Gerry Moane admits it will be a distraction but unfortunately one that's needed,
"Yes we could do without the girls being distracted and it's certainly something that Mickey Hartes players don't have to do but look it has to be done in ladies football, it costs money to keep things to the professional standard that we have introduced, if you want success further down the line it's about the preparation now at this time of the year and like everything we need to be using the best facilities"
The Tyrone ladies "Spinathon" is just one of several major events planned for the year, already in the diary is a golf classic at Omagh golf club on July 20th , Tyrone Chair Donna Mc Crory admitted that fundraising is a key element for the county
"It's great that the senior girls have taken the initiative to go ahead with the spinathon, we have the golf classic planned and all our underage teams will also be seeking local sponsorship ahead of their seasons, it will take a team effort from everyone in the county, from executive to the clubs and players, they all have to do their part"