Bill Holroyd recognized in the Queen’s New Years Honours List

Congratulations are in order for UK member Bill Holroyd. He was recently honored by the Queen’s New Year Honours List for his work in youth development for his contributions to OnSide.  Onside is a charity that develops world class youth facilities and youth zones where young people can have a safe and inspiring place to go and somewhere to call their own. Bill says: “I am thrilled to bits with the award, especially as it will help the charity and it recognizes all our efforts.”

Please read the full press release below. Congratulations, Bill!

Northwest Chairman recognised in New Year Honours list

Bill Holroyd, Founder and Chairman of North West based charity OnSide, has been recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.

Bill Holroyd has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the charity OnSide, which he set up in 2008 to create modern state-of-the-art Youth Clubs (Youth Zones) across the region, giving young people somewhere safe and inspiring to go, 365 days per year.

Jerry Glover, Chief Executive at OnSide said today that: “The Board and everyone connected with OnSide were thrilled with the news that Bill Holroyd, founder and Chairman of On-Side, has been awarded the CBE.

“Bill’s drive, ambition and total commitment to young people means that in just three years the charity now has four Youth Zones operating in Carlisle, Blackburn, Oldham and Manchester (Harpurhey) with a further four Youth Zones in the process of being built in Wigan, Preston, Chester and Wolverhampton.”

Bill’s inspiration for establishing the charity followed his time as Chairman of the nationally acclaimed Bolton Lads and Girls Club, which attracts 3000 young people each week in an outstanding purpose built facility.

Commenting on his award, Bill Holroyd said: “This award is really recognition for the extraordinary commitment I have received from our supporters, private sector “Champions”, volunteers, staff and the Local Authorities who have given the Youth Zone projects their total support.

“From the outset I have had an outstanding Board of Directors, all of whom have worked with me to accelerate the growth of the charity. In addition we now have local Boards of Directors in each of the Youth Zones and collectively we share a common vision; to have a Youth Zone in every town and city in the country.

“My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone who has supported me and OnSide.”