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OnSide Golf Day a big hit

17th June 2015 by Onside Youth Zones

Rugby League legend Jon Wilkin and his talented St Helens teammate Mark Flanagan recently threw their weight behind our Golf Classic event at Stockport Gold Club; helping inspire 20 leading businesses to raise £13,000 for our young people. 

Hosted by the St Helens pair, teams including; Agilisys, Hill Dickinson, The PFA, Pulse Fitness, RBS, Seven Architecture and long-standing supporter and generous sponsor Wainhomes all took to the glorious course of Stockport Golf Club in aid of OnSide Youth Zones.

Blessed with good weather once again, the golfers teed off in good spirits at midday for a shotgun start, which always makes for a fun event with all teams out on the course at the same time. After the day’s good play, Guy Topping of Barton Grange Garden Centres compered the evening’s formalities which included a young talented enterprise group from Wigan Youth Zone presenting to their award-winning Cookie Mad project to the guests.

A quiz and auction then followed before prizes to overall winners, The PFA, and the best scorer of the day Mark Row of One Stop Hire, were awarded.

Steve Toghill, Managing Director at Wainhomes commented on the day: “This is Wainhomes’ second year as main sponsor of the OnSide Annual Golf Day and we were delighted to be able to provide assistance to what is a very special organisation. Investment in our young people is of vital importance and we recognize the OnSide Youth Zones are at the forefront of this; providing safe and nurturing environments which allow young people to grow and develop.”

OnSide Youth Zones Head of Private Sector Development, Francine Healey commented: “Thanks to everyone who took part in what was a fantastic day. Not only was the golf enjoyed by all, but the entertainment, headed by young people from our network of Youth Zones, was a huge hit! The Cookie Mad group really did re-enforce the value of the Youth Zone offer. I must also thank both Jon Wilkin and Mark Flanagan who talked passionately about their experiences both on the professional rugby circuit and about the importance of the development of young people. Finally a huge thanks to sponsors Wainhomes for their support as well as all those who donated prizes.”

You can see a gallery of all images from the day by clicking here