WYZ Hosts the President’s Cup 2019
On Saturday we hosted the 2019 President’s Cup, our second time hosting the event since 2015. We welcomed 14 Youth Zone teams, which amounted to 482 young people and staff, from across the network to take part in the event, making it the biggest ever President’s Cup!
The teams took part in 6 challenges including wheelchair basketball, hockey, climbing, fitness, dancing and arts, but there were plenty of mini activities also on offer throughout the day including air hockey, pool and zap-a-mole.
The shining factor of the day is always the way young people from different communities come together to make new friends and enjoy themselves in a safe environment with a spectacular atmosphere. Although, the event is a competition so there has to be a winner! This year, for the 2nd time in 3 years, the winners were The Way Youth Zone who took home the trophy, as well as the Senior and Junior competition trophies.
The Hive took home the Bill Holroyd Fair Play Award, while debutants Future Youth Zone won the incredible dance off.
We were lucky enough to win the Inclusion competition, which saw dozens of young people with additional needs take part.
Anthony Ashworth-Steen, our Executive Director, said of the event:
“It is a great honour for Wigan Youth Zone to be hosting the President’s Cup for the second time in the 7 years that the competition has been running, and to be welcoming hundreds of young people from across the country from Carlisle to London.
The President’s Cup is the only regular annual event which brings young people together from across the Onside Youth Zone network and is a firm favourite for the young people who have the chance to compete, have fun and socialise with peers from different backgrounds to share a unique experience. Last year Wigan Youth Zone won the cup for the first time in our history which was a very special moment for all our young people, staff and supporters and I hope that the team that triumphs savours it as much as we have.”