Sponsorship at Derek Slack Motors
Cheque Out the New KamiQ!
A big thank you to Kim Bradley from Teesside Hospice, for making an appearance at the launch of the all-new Kamiq. Kim was there to accept our latest contribution the hospice which included some funds raised by Derek Slack Motors staff in the Great North Run.
Derek Slack Motors - Known for Great Runners!
Last Sunday, #TeamTeeside along with runners from Derek Slack Motors, completed the 39th running of the world’s biggest half marathon, the Simplyhealth Great North Run.
Derek Slack Motors are proud sponsors of Teeside Hospice and collectively our team raised almost £2,000 for their chosen charities.
Pictured L to R are: Peter Roxby - Parts Manager, Our service manager Chris’s wife Denise Harrison, Paula Slack (who was running to raise money for Multiple Sclerosis), Tony Slack - Managing Director and Andrew Fowle - Sales Manager (who ran in aid of the Stroke Association).
After the race Tony took to the massage table to have his aches and pains soothed away (His feet took the brunt of the damage as seen in a photo which is too horrific to be shown here!). Andrew managed to get a ‘selfie’ with Radzi from Blue Peter.
Peter was an official pace runner, carrying a ‘2hr 35mins’ flag to help runners pace themselves towards their target time for the half marathon. He finished the run within 35 seconds of his target!
The first Great North Run was staged on 28 June 1981, when 12,000 runners participated. By 2011, the number of participants had risen to 54,000. For the first year it was advertised as a local fun run; nearly thirty years on it has become one of the biggest running events in the world, and the biggest in the UK. Only the Great Manchester Run and London Marathon come close to attracting similar numbers of athletes each year.
Flying Falcons Fantastic Final
The National Final of the Jaguar Primary School Challenge took place on Tuesday 11th June 2019 at the British Motor Museum in Warwick.
Unfortunately, ‘The Flying Falcons’ - the Derek Slack Motors sponsored team of students, didn’t walk away with the trophy.
However, we received a lovely letter from Miss Brown - the children’s Curriculum Lead.
I am writing to inform you that our year 6 team ‘The Flying Falcons’ had a fantastic time on Tuesday at the Jaguar Primary School Challenge competition. It was a very exciting day with a total of 38 teams competing nationally. Thanks to your generous support, we were nominated for the sponsorship award, however we sadly lost out to another team. The children had the most amazing time and have learned a lot from the experience and it has certainly sparked a greater interest in engineering and design.
I would like to extend my gratitude once more for your generous sponsorship and supporting our team to reach the national final. Photographs are being currently being gathered and will be emailed to you promptly for you to use in any marketing or media materials.
Miss Amy Brown (and The Flying Falcons)
We wish all the members of the team good luck in whichever career path they choose, whether it’s car design or not!
Young Engineers in the Final
The National Final of the Jaguar Primary School Challenge is being held today, Tuesday 11th June 2019 at the British Motor Museum in Warwick.
Derek Slack Motors are proud to be sponsoring ‘The Flying Falcons’ team of students from a North East School who have managed to reach the final.
The students will researched, designed and created model racing cars, learning about aerodynamic forces, efficiency, mathematics and the principles of design. Teams were also given the chance to experiment with the electrification of their vehicles, considering the design considerations of using alternative energy sources.
Look out for updates on how they faired. Good luck kids!
Great North Run 2019 - Sunday 8th September
Derek Slack Motors are proud to sponsor Teesside Hospice and #TeamTeesside at the Great North Run.
#TeamTeesside sponsored by Derek Slack Motors will take on the world's greatest half marathon in support of Teesside Hospice this September
#TeamTeesside are participating in the Great North Run on Sunday 8th September 2019 to raise funds to help support people living with cancer and life limiting illnesses. All of the runners have been set a fundraising target of £300 with every penny raised going directly towards helping patients at Teesside Hospice.
Teesside Hospice is a local hospice which offers palliative care for people who are living with a life-limiting illness when a cure is no longer possible. Their care is provided 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year and reaches over 3,000 local people every year.
Middlesbrough college Golf Team Sponsorship
Derek Slack Motors are proud to support the Middlesbrough College Golf Academy by sponsoring the team uniforms.
Some of the academy students recently played in the AOC national qualifiers at Forest Park Golf Club, where the top 4 players from the North East region qualified for AOC National College Championship next year. All the qualifying spots were taken by Middlesbrough College Academy players!
The Middlesbrough College Golf Academy team will be participating in the AoC National Championships which take place at Morley Hayes Golf Club in Nottingham this week 26th-28th April.
Instructor James Atthey bases his coaching around the individuality of each player, he prides himself on his multi-disciplined approach that focuses on improving swing technique, mental approach and psychological abilities.
James believes each player has their own individual style, with the academy helping to perfect this.
The Academy boasts state-of-the-art facilities and analysis tools support players in identifying their strengths and weaknesses, along with suggested techniques to develop their skills.
Pictured left to right: Derek Slack, Sonnie Alder, Lachlan Kennedy, Michael Hay, Daniel Norman and James Atthey.
Derek Slack Motors Sponsor the Engineers of Tomorrow
Derek Slack Motors are proud to be sponsoring a team of students from a North East School in The Jaguar Primary School Challenge. The Jaguar Primary School Challenge is a STEM competition, open to students aged 6-11 years old and involves designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible within a set of rules, following the design and engineering processes employed by real engineering companies like Jaguar Land Rover and Skoda.
Part of the project was to secure sponsorship for the team by writing to local companies. Yr6 student Ben Gas, who is obviously a budding entrepreneur, wrote us a very persuasive letter asking for help.
The students will research, design and create model racing cars, learning about aerodynamic forces, efficiency, mathematics and the principles of design. Teams are also given the chance to experiment with the electrification of their vehicles, considering the design considerations of using alternative energy sources.
The teams then compete to be crowned National Champions, producing design portfolios, presenting to the judges and culminating in the ultimate test of speed with a pulsating head-to-head race.
Hopefully one of the Derek Slack Motors sponsored team will be taking the first steps to becoming an automotive engineer of tomorrow.
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Our team ‘The Flying Falcons’ came second in the regional finals, also winning the prize for best engineering on the day. The students are very excited to be heading down to Warwick in June to compete in the national finals for the competition.
We wish ‘The Flying Falcons’ the very best of luck in the finals.
Derek Slack Motors Sponsor Historic Road Rally Car
Derek Slack Motors are very proud to sponsor the Skoda Felicia rally car of Alan Bland from Bellingham, Northumberland who contacted us recently looking for a Skoda dealer to support him, he completed the 2018 Mull Targa Rally on Saturday the 13th October.
Although Alan (67) has been involved in rallying since he was 19, and competed in the British Rally Championship in the 70s, he only got back into rallying last year.
The Isle of Mull Targa road rally is an event restricted to road cars and road tyres and Alan saw an opportunity to get involved with his Skoda Felicia 2000 1.3 model.
Hexham's MP Guy Opperman presented Alan with a Community Champion Award for his achivements in last year's Mull Rally.
The track was mainly made up of tarmac, forestry commission land and farm tracks. Alan was thrilled to have competed again and to have raised money for the Great North Air Ambulance through sponsorship and donations.
You can donate at Alan's justgiving.com page.
Pictured in action is Alan with navigator Alistair Murray.
North of England Open Golf Championship
The best young players from around the UK visit the North East in August for the North of England Open Amateur Youth Golf Championship at Middlesbrough Golf Club – an event which has played an important part in the careers of major champions and European Tour winners.
The event, which is open to players under the age of 23, awards World Amateur Golf Ranking points and has welcomed a number of the UK’s finest players in its history.
Some of British golf’s biggest names have competed in the event in the last 42 years, including three Masters champions – Danny Willett, Sandy Lyle (the third winner of the tournament) and Ian Woosnam. Ryder Cup legend and eight-time European Tour Order of Merit winner Colin Montgomerie went home empty handed from Middlesbrough, as did European Tour winners Ken Ferrie and Graeme Storm, while two-time senior major winner Roger Chapman (1979), David Horsey (2006) and Richard Finch (1998) are all present on the MacGill Challenge Trophy.
Derek Slack Motors are once again delighted to continue their sponsorship in 2017 with fully qualified class AA PGA Professional, James Atthey. James has been a golf professional and involved in coaching for 14 years. Before moving to Stokesley Golf Range, James started his training in Spain under the supervision of Philip Murphy (Former Head Irish Junior Coach). James has played on both the Euro Pro and Tamsel tours, winning various tournaments throughout the Midlands.
SKODA dealer, Derek Slack Motors, welcomed the return home of Middlesbrough swimmer, Aimee Willmott to recieve her new SKODA Fabia. Aimee, 23, who now trains at the London Aquatics Centre was competing in her second Olympic Games in Rio as a ‘Team GB Swimmer’ in both the 400IM and 200FLY, finishing 7th in the 400IM Rio Olympic final. On receiving her SKODA Fabia, Aimee said, “I absolutely love it and I am very thankful to Derek Slack Motors for all their support”. The Middlesbrough born, ex Nunthorpe School pupil, has also represented Great Britain at the FINA world championships and European championships, and England in the Commonwealth Games. Swimming is certainly in the blood. Aimee’s father, Stuart Willmott, having also competed during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, now coaches in their home town of Middlesbrough. Aimee’s sister is also a talented swimmer. The whole family travelled to Rio to cheer her on.
Stokesley Golf Range
Budding young golfers recently competed in a junior golf competition at Stokesley Golf Range with Academy Coach- James Atthey. Over 40 children and parents took part in the event, which offers guidance and local support in developing junior golf in the community. Coach James said, “We had a fantastic day, blessed with lovely spring sunshine. It was great to see so many children attending the event with committed parents and guardians supporting junior golf. These structured events provide a friendly competitive environment for youngsters to develop skills at an early age whilst still having fun learning.” With the support of the community, more initiatives are planned during the summer, hopefully with more of those yummy cupcakes too!
Junior Masters 2014
Stokesley Golf Range held their first ever ‘Derek Slack Motors-Junior Masters’ competition in 2014. The event proved a huge success with local children setting their skills against other gifted young players. Derek Slack, Chief Executive at Derek Slack Motors said, “The competition was structured to provide a fun environment, helping to stimulate young golfers’ appetite for the game.” Derek added, “Academy Coach - James Atthey, is doing a fabulous job developing young players’ skills in Stokesley. Plus, by playing in local, friendly competitions such as these, we are also helping to produce professional golfers of the future and we’re proud to support him.”
Derek Slack Motors Sponsor James Atthey
Derek Slack Motors, already linked to several individual organisations and events, are delighted to announce their association with James Atthey, Academy Coach and Fully Qualified PGA Golf Professional at Stokesley Golf Range.
Tony Slack, Dealer Principal at Derek Slack Motors said, “ The main purpose of our sponsoring and partnership policy is to support individuals and organisations within the local area. As a family run operation, I truly believe business is not just about making profits, but also needs to take into account the interests of the community it serves.”
Tony continued, “James has coached for over ten years, one of the highlights being a long-term pupil winning The Leicestershire Amateur Championship. James has played on both the Euro Pro and Tamsel tours’, his involvement at both junior and adult level offers coaching skills from a mixture of playing, study and coaching experiences and we’re delighted to support him.”
Finale to the Derek Slack Junior Golf Tour 2015
The Derek Slack Junior Golf Tour is a series of 4 Major junior golf competitions, hosted by the James Atthey - Golf Academy at Stokesley Golf Range. The competitions are held during school holidays, with juniors competing against other kids in a similar age group, categories split into 9 and under / 10-11 Years / 12 and over. The Golf Tour is open to boys and girls of all ages, ranging from 5-17 years old. We also encourage all abilities to enter from juniors that have only recently started playing to those which play at county and national level. Our aim is to offer the opportunity to play and interact with others from our Junior Academy in a fun, relaxed, competitive environment. Each event offers prizes for the top 3 players in each age category and there is an annual Order Of Merit Championship to play for, as juniors are awarded points depending on their finishing position at each competition. We offer a Scholarship Scheme for the top 2 juniors in each age group, in the final Order Of Merit standings, with these juniors winning both individual coaching programmes and memberships of the driving range facilities. The Scholarships are to be used through 2016 and are designed to develop the skills of these talents youngsters further. This is the second year that Derek Slack Motors have sponsored the Junior Golf Tour and the numbers of entries have increased each year with over 60 juniors entering in 2015. "Having the support from such a big and respected local business is fantastic", said James. "Derek Slack Motors are helping to grow the game of golf at grass routes in Teesside, they offer some amazing prizes giving motivation for juniors to participate, improve and flourish in a fantastic sport. A big thanks should also go to Stokesley Golf Range who continue to offer their 1st class facilities to juniors, and encourage family participation."