Manchester business leaders score £40k for Factory Youth Zone

Photo: Manchester business leaders score £40k for Factory Youth Zone

Manchester’s business community raised £40,000 for the Factory Youth Zone at the second Reds V Blues charity football match as Phil Neville’s Reds beat Dennis Tueart’s Blues 3-2 in a special game held at Altrincham Football Club on Friday 17 November.

Richard Marsh, chief executive, Factory Youth Zone said: “A huge thank-you to the players, managers, hosts, sponsors and supporters, raising £40k is an amazing achievement and it will undoubtedly make a difference to the young people we work with.

“We aim to encourage these young people to have dreams and aspirations, and to challenge themselves, and us, to achieve their goals. The support of Manchester’s business community, of which I am consistently overwhelmed by, continues to be vital.”

The game was organised by Will Lewis, OBI Property and Chris Davis, chief executive, MoneyPlus Group. Will Lewis said:  “Factory Youth Zone is a fantastic organisation and I am proud we are able to support them.  I’d like to thank DWF, Carfinance 247, MoneyPlus Group and Russells Construction for their support this year and all the volunteer players.

The match, which is now an annual fixture, brought together some of the Manchester’s best known names in business including:

  • Reg and Louis Rix, founders, CarFinance 24/7
  • Steve Oliver, co-founder and group CEO, Music Magpie
  • Rob Cotton and son Jack
  • Nathan Cornish, group board director, Urban Splash
  • Andrew Cowell, OBI Property
  • Matthew Morten, Bruntwood

Goal scorers for Manchester United were: fireman Tony Carroll; Kabir Breathen and Ricardo Fuller (yes, the, Ricardo Fuller) and for Manchester City: Chris Lloyd from William Hare Group and Matthew Morten.

Manchester City legend Dennis Tueart, as last year, was assisted by Gary Tipper, managing partner, Palatine Private Equity with Chris Davis returning to support new manager Phil Neville for the Reds.

The Factory Youth Zone, is a charity which provides support for disadvantaged young people from Manchester.  Working with children and young people aged 8-19 (up to 25 with additional needs), The Factory Youth Zone offers a wide range of activities including sports, arts, youth work sessions and specialist workshops with the aim of improving the lives of local young people in one of the most deprived areas of the UK.

With over 1,000 young people attending each week, its iconic building provides a base for exciting and stimulating learning which introduces new experiences, develops self-confidence, builds healthy relationships, raises aspirations and prepares young people for work and independence.

This news was published by BusinessCloud Media.