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Penalty Shootout with NUFC and SAFC mascots

Raising money for charity

The NUFC and SAFC mascots came for an ultimate penalty shootout at Quorum Sports Courts. Participants had 3 shots to score a goal against their choice of mascot in a nail-biting tournament.

Monty and Maggie Magpie for NUFC and Samson and Delilah Blackcat for SAFC came along and were great sports as well as fairly skilled goalkeepers!

The penalty shootout helped to raise money for the Newcastle Foundation and Foundation of Light; the respective charities for each Football Club.

The Newcastle Foundations mission: “To use the local passion for football to encourage learning and promote healthy lifestyles that will make a real difference to the lives of disadvantaged children, young people and families in our region.

Last season, the Foundation helped over 50,000 local people and we aim to increase this during 2014/15. We are fortunate to receive a huge amount of support from Newcastle United Football Club, but as a local, independent charity we also need to raise over £1.5 million annually to fund our projects.”

The Foundation of Light’s established in 2001 by former club Chairman Sir Bob Murray CBE.

“We use the power of football to involve, educate and inspire more than 42,000 young people and their families across the North East each year through a broad range of innovative and award-winning programmes that can help change their lives.

The organisation is committed and pro-active in addressing the issues within our community, running programmes at specially designed classrooms within the Stadium of Light, in local schools, community centres and at bespoke outreach centres throughout Sunderland, South Tyneside and County Durham.

Our passionate, dedicated and highly skilled team includes more than 100 professional teachers, health workers, football coaches, family learning officers, youth workers and support staff. This means a very diverse range of talent, skills and experience, all united in a common passion, enthusiasm and drive to make a difference.”

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Quorum Games 2014

The Games have begun!
The Quorum Games is back for a third year running and is going from strength to strength. It promises to be another fantastic event and sees tenants from across the park compete to win the Gold Silver or Bronze at the Quorum Games.

The event commenced on the 23rd of June and the Boules Competition got the Games off to a nail-biting start with 4 sets of double teams playing tough matches against one another. Homegroup triumphed with an overwhelming defeat and took an early lead. The Egg and Spoon race was a close call with one circuit around the Sport Courts making it another victory for Homegroup! Everyone got to eat their kinder eggs after the race, a fair compensation for not winning we thought!

The Netball Tournament was a close call between Macaw and Homegroup but Macaw beat Homegroup with a 4-1 victory! Still to play next month are the Tennis and Football Tournaments and the Bubble Football taster sessions!

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Tynedale Beer Festival

Quorum sponsors two beers!
Tynedale Beer Festival is a joint venture between Tynedale Lions Club and Tynedale Rugby Football Club. Its purpose is to raise money for good causes. The event is organised by a committee representing both clubs. The organising team and helpers are all volunteers who give their time and effort free of charge to ensure the festival is a success.

The festival started in a modest way back in 2002. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, growing in size and popularity and raising over £390,000 in the process.

The Beer Festival receives enormous support, not just from main sponsors and customers but also from many other organizations and individuals. They help by sponsoring a beer or cider. Obviously, the more sponsorship they get the more they will be able to donate to the good causes.

Quorum Business Park were the proud sponsors of ‘Pullet Please’ brewed in High House Farm, a pale golden refreshing ale with a delicate grapefruit nose and a crisp dry finish. An easy drinking bitter. And ‘Silver Dollar’ brewed in Tynebank using US alpha hops with a decent I.B.U. of 45 for its strength of 4.9% ABV it has the characteristics of the style with a strong grapefruit and citrus aroma leading to a clean slightly dry bitterness that lasts!

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Finchale College Horticultural Students

Host Plant Sale
Finchale was established as a specialist centre for disabled adults when the previous hotel was transformed in 1943 to provide support for injured ex-servicemen returning home from active service during the Second World War.

Since then they have become a leading national provider of specialist employment programmes for over 300 men and women each year. Their trainees bring a wide variety of life experiences upon which they build for the future. You can choose to reside at the College or travel daily. There is a wide range of occupational programmes as well as specialist support by highly qualified and experienced staff to meet your personal needs.

Their success in achieving one of the highest employment progression rates in Britain is founded on their unique approach in addressing all the employment barriers experienced by an individual as part of a single customised programme that is focussed on ability and realistic employment opportunities.

Among the list of programmes to choose from is Horticulturalist classes, and as part of an initiative intended to help students prepare and progress to employment/self-employment of more than 16 hours per week, the horticultural students of Finchale College hosted a Plant Sale on-site. Completion of the course provides students with the necessary skills to seek opportunities in general and specific areas of horticulture, including working for public authorities, specialised producers, landscape contractors and garden and commercial retail centres.