Tony Wood, Managing Director of Petty Wood in Andover, handed over a cheque for £1500 to Andover Athletic Club Chairman Nick Woodford.
"This was very generous of Tony, as the money will help fund the Young Athletes Meeting in Andover on May 28th. 500 young athletes from all over England will come to compete in track and field events, and this costs a lot to organise."
Petty Wood distribute food under the Epicure brand.
Petty Wood is in a position to offer members of the Athletic Club first refusal on work experience opportunities, jobs (full and part time) and casual labour in their extra busy periods; "This is a major coup for the club and offers a great opportunity for its members."
This is the Press Release put out by the Club
Petty Wood Support Andover’s Youth
Local firm Petty Wood, who are perhaps best known for their brand name Epicure, recognised the sterling efforts that Andover Athletic Club have played in encouraging Andover’s young people to get involved in the sport of athletics by presenting them with a cheque for £1,500 to sponsor its annual Young Athletes Meeting. The Club, which now has 200+ members ranging from age 7 to 72, is holding its Young Athletes Meeting on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May.
The cheque was presented to Club Chairman, Nick Woodford by Petty Wood’s Managing Director, Tony Noble. Also attending the presentation was local MP Sir George Young, who commented, ‘I am so pleased to see a local company demonstrating social responsibility by helping a local club in this way. I have been so impressed with the professional and dedicated way in which the Club helps to develop the athletes, none of which could happen without the commitment of the volunteers, plus support such as this from firms who take the time and money to help their community in such a valued manner.’
The event, which will take place at the newly laid Charlton track, is expected to have around 400 entrants, many of which will be local and also attracts talented athletes from clubs from all over the South.
Commenting on their support, Tony Noble said, ‘We had been looking for a suitable way of putting something back into the local community and felt that the Athletics Club ticked all of the boxes. I had no idea how popular the club was until discussing its current activities and successes, Nick’s plans for the future and visiting the facilities here. They have such a wide range of ages and abilities that they cater for and have a strategic vision for the future of the Club which encompasses both success and inclusion, a very difficult balance to strike in sport. The Young Athletes Meeting provides a wonderful opportunity for Epicure to help encourage the youth of Andover to become or stay involved in a sport that caters for all levels of ability, which can only be a positive, enjoyable and therefore worthwhile initiative as we all look forward to the 2012 Olympics.’