TAYLOR'S EASTER SUPPORT FOR THE PAUL HUNTER FOUNDATION
The 1985 World Champion, Dennis Taylor, was in Lancashire over the Easter weekend supporting the Paul Hunter Foundation with their participation in Lancashire County Council's Young Peoples Services youth work projects and local initiative funding projects.
Dennis and the Paul Hunter Foundation team were in Skelmersdale, Chorley and Clayton le Dale. Chris Lovell, on behalf of the Foundation said, "Every young person played Dennis and he also presented everyone with a cue and case and because it was Easter everyone received an Easter egg". Taylor said, "To support Paul's charity is a special thing to be asked to be involved with and it's great to see so many young people playing the game Paul loved and snooker putting smiles on their faces."
THE FOUNDATION PRODUCE KEY RESULTS .
The Paul Hunter Foundation recently completed a project in Rawtenstall, Lancashire funded by Lancashire County Council's Young Peoples Service. Various sessions were delivered using a mix of snooker and Functional snooker aimed at engaging 'kids off the streets' and engaging 'kids out of the NEET group (Not in Education, Employment and Training) and improving their English and Maths. A sexual health specialist together with drug awareness specialists attended some sessions in order to advise youngsters in these areas. The sessions were attended by youngsters from all backgrounds that were at risk from areas such as: Becoming NEET Children in care Risk of being taken into care Known to the Youth Offending team Homeless Risk of involvement in crime Teenage parents Teenage carers Drug abuse These were referred by various agencies such as YPS, schools, the police, YOT, social care, voluntary agencies and also some youngsters referred themselves. During the sessions youngsters had the opportunity to work with World Snooker coaches, Paul Rinaldi and Neil Ormerod and develop the snooker skills through coaching and also the AQA award for basic skills in snooker were accredited. Outcomes for the programme included: Improved emotional health and wellbeing Reduction in self harm/risk taking behaviour Improvement in self confidence and aspiration Improved economic wellbeing Improved attendance Places volunteering Places in Further Education Improved English and maths skills Apprenticeships/jobs Free snooker Free snooker coaching Steve Davis attended the final day and coached and played over 40 youngsters and 144 youngsters took part in the programme overall. On behalf of the Paul Hunter Foundation, NLTG's Chris Lovell said, "It's a big thank you to all the partners involved such as YPS, NLTG, the police, YOT and the Voluntary Agency. In line with Paul Hunter's wishes and the Foundation's objectives, young people have come off the streets to play free snooker and receive support, together with help and guidance which could influence their lives whilst having fun. The team are very proud to have been involved." Over 50 youngsters from the Paul Hunter Foundation will attend the first day of the UK Snooker Championships in York this weekend.
Young People turned out enmasse in Preston and Lancaster to meet Snooker Legend , Dennis Taylor .
Smiling Irishman,Dennis Taylor,proved to be a star attraction when he appeared as part of the Paul Hunter Foundation road shows in Preston and Lancaster recently.
Commissioned as part of Lancashire County Council's Young Peoples Services, the Targeted Youth Support Programme.
Both programmes are delivered over a ten week period with the Dennis Taylor day an integral part of the young people's experience. Prices included TVs,I pods and games. Everyone received a snooker cue and case ,financed by current World Champion, John Higgins.
The Preston event was attended by County Councillor, Mark Perks. On behalf of the Foundation, Chris Lovell said, "It was a remarkable day with forty-five young people coming to the YMCA in Preston and Ninety young people to the Lancaster event.Of the ninety at the Lancaster event, twenty-five were girls".
"Special days for snooker and the memory of Paul Hunter".
We now focus our attention on the Paul Hunter day, which is the middle Sunday of the World Championships in Cue Zone, which is situated in the Winter Gardens Blackpool.
Can we also take the opportunity to thank all the team for their hard work, all the people at YPS and the venues for the support."
SHEFFIELD HALF MARATHON PRESS RELEASE
Six times World Snooker legend, Steve Davis, together with World Champions, Shaun Murphy and Peter Ebdon, are heading up the Paul Hunter Foundation team who are taking part in this year's Sheffield half marathon.
The event takes place on Sunday 27th May 2012 around the streets of Sheffield, the home of snooker, beginning and finishing at the Don Valley Stadium from 9.00 a.m. The WPBSA Chairman and former professional player, Jason Ferguson, has also joined the team together with North Lancs Training Group's and the Paul Hunter Foundation, Chris Lovell; also representing World Snooker will be Rachel Hadley.
The team are taking part to raise funds for the Paul Hunter Foundation. Every penny donated will go to the delivery of free snooker sessions for able bodied, disadvantaged and disabled youngsters across the UK and Ireland, in line with Paul's wishes when he set up the Paul Hunter Foundation shortly before he passed away.
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