Father’s Day treats for Dad

When it comes to choosing a Father’s Day gift, many find themselves heading to the nearest supermarket for a last-minute card, or perhaps a bottle of their Dad’s favourite drink. It can’t be that exciting opening the same pack of chamois leathers each year, and many dads across the country have enough pairs of slippers to wear a different pair each day of the week.

Break from the ordinary! When it comes to gifts, experiences can very often exceed material offerings and that’s why 2011 could be a good time for sons and daughters to share some unforgettable moments with their fathers. Extreme sports provider Extreme Element has a range of experiences ideally focused for this year’s Father’s Day. Climbing the scale from the mildest of leisure activities, through to hair-raising deeds, Extreme Element’s ideas for Father’s Day include:

Chilled Out: Some dads have a slightly sensitive disposition so that’s why Extreme offer a range of tamer experiences which include falconry, yachting and balloon flights available in ten UK locations.

Comfort Zone: Activities including an introduction to wakeboarding or a surfing and yoga course take things up a peg or two whilst keeping a relaxed vibe.

Heart Racing: For slightly bigger thrill-seekers, Extreme also offers courses such as zorbing, car racing and tank driving.

Adrenaline pumping: Getting the adrenaline pumping through the veins is idea when going bungee jumping, shark diving or a taking part in a Ferrari challenge. Strictly for offspring who feel taking on a ‘fight or flight’ situation this Father’s Day.

Most extreme: Challenge those dads with the strongest disposition; those signing up for a tandem skydive, day of Monster Car Crush or an aerobatic flight will need a strong drink immediately after!

Those taking the chance to do something different this year will have some great memories…photographs, on the other hand, might be tougher to arrange. Maybe mums can take them from the side!

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npower Announces the Winner of Every Shirt Competition for Huddersfield Town

npower has announced that Terriers’ fan Sam Preest will be the face of Huddersfield Town when they take on Peterborough United.

Sam, 29, originally from Aspley, West Yorks, will feature on a giant 15×6 metre banner on the side of Old Trafford – seen by thousands of people on their way into the ground on Sunday, May 29 for the npower League One play offs Final.

He won the competition – run by Football League title sponsors npower – after explaining what the Huddersfield shirt means to him. There were more than three thousand entries from football fans across the country.

Sam, who works as a finance officer at the University of Huddersfield, said on his Every shirt winner entry: “I’ll always remember walking on the beach in Dubai with my Town shirt on; local people coming up to me to ask which shirt it was.

“It was great to explain about Town and its history…the fact we won the League three times in a row before Manchester United, Liverpool or anyone else.”

The giant banner of Sam will be revealed on Old Trafford’s East Stand in full view of the thousands of fans walking up Sir Matt Busby Way to the stadium.

Sam added: “I couldn’t believe it when I found out I would be the face of Huddersfield at Old Trafford.

“It’s surreal to think that my face will represent the Terriers in the biggest match of the season. I’ve told my close friends and family about the banner, but it will be a shock to a lot of people.

“I’ll be going to the match with my Dad, Cliff. We are both season ticket holders at the Galpharm and huge fans.”

The competition was part of npower’s Every Shirt Has a Story campaign, which encouraged football fans across the country to submit their favourite shirt stories.

npower sponsorship manager Emma Collins said: “We’re delighted to announce Sam as our Every Shirt Has a Story winner for Huddersfield.

“We hope that this helps make it a memorable day for Sam and his family, regardless of what happens on the pitch.”

The Every Shirt promotion is still open for fans to enter, with a range of prizes and football tickets to be won before June 30.

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NYC Firefighters Donate World Trade Center Artifact To Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday

To mark the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy, New York City firefighters will donate a ribbon beam from the fallen North Tower of the World Trade Center to Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, according to the golf marketing cooperative. The donation will be made on Wednesday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. at Springmaid Pier in Myrtle Beach. The presentation will be part of the events surrounding the 10th Annual FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing, May 22-26, 2011.

The permanent location for the beam will be determined this summer with a dedication ceremony scheduled near the time of the 10-year anniversary of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history. The golf event will mark the first significant gathering and remembrance of the 10-year anniversary of the 9-11 tragedy in the United States. “We are honored that the New York City area firefighters would provide such a gesture of thanks to us for the years they have held their memorial golf tournament in Myrtle Beach,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday. “We will work with the city of Myrtle Beach to find an appropriate location to dedicate the beam, so we will never forget the tragic events of 9-11.”

Developed by New York City firefighter, Kevin O’Brien, the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Ball Tournament raises money for The Thomas Elsasser Fund, a charity backed by the United Firefighters Association (UFA) and designed to benefit families of fallen firefighters. The tournament provides an opportunity for firefighters, many who assisted in the recovery efforts at Ground Zero, to gather together in the “Golf Capital of the World” for camaraderie and to remember fallen heroes from 9-11. The tournament is an offspring of O’Brien’s original event, the Alfred E. Ronaldson Spring Golf Classic, which was designed in 1992 to benefit the Ronaldson family following his death. Ronaldson was a member of Rescue 3 in the Bronx and died in 1991.

“We are very appreciative to Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday for hosting our event for the last ten years,” said O’Brien. “While remembering 9-11 each year is painful and brings back memories of the horror of 9-11, it is also a time where fellow firefighters can gather, pay tribute to their fallen heroes and build a unique bond and brotherhood with people from all over the country who converge on Myrtle Beach for this annual event.” Over the years, more than 6,000 firefighters have participated in the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing with over $300,000 raised for the Thomas Elsasser Fund.

More than 800 firefighters from 15 states and Canada are expected to participate in the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing. The Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday member golf courses hosting rounds for this year’s event include: Aberdeen Golf Club; Arrowhead Country Club; Blackmoor Golf Club; Burning Ridge Golf Club; Caledonia Golf & Fish Club; Farmstead Golf Club; Grande Dunes (Resort Course); Indian Wells Golf Club; International Club; Legends Golf Resort; Long Bay Club; Man O’War G.C.; Meadowlands Golf Club; Myrtle Beach National’s SouthCreek Course and West Course; Myrtlewood Golf Club; Prestwick Country Club; River’s Edge; Shaftesbury Glen Golf Club; Tidewater Golf Plantation; The Pearl (East); True Blue Plantation; The Witch Golf Club; TPC Myrtle Beach; Wachesaw East Golf Club; Tradition Club; Waterway Hills; Willbrook Plantation; and World Tour Golf Links.

For more information about the 10th Annual FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing and other Myrtle Beach area golf events, go to www.GolfHoliday.com.

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npower Announces the Winner of Every Shirt Competition for Swansea City

npower has announced that Swansea City fan Steve Meredith will be the face of the Swans when they take on Reading.

Steve, originally from Swansea but now based in St Helens, will feature on giant 24×16 metre posters outside Wembley Stadium on Monday May 30, which will be seen by thousands of people on their way into the ground to watch the npower Championship play offs Final.

He won the competition – run by Football League title sponsors npower – after explaining the history behind his Swansea City shirt.

Steve’s Every Shirt winner entry told how he cradled his newborn son, Will, with his Swansea City shirt when he was born.

Will, now 13, features on the huge poster, wearing the very same shirt from the day of his birth.

The artwork of the pair will be revealed on the North External Wall of Wembley Stadium.

He said: “I was completely gobsmacked when I heard I’d won.

“The day was always going to be a special one, with Swansea so close to promotion. But for me to represent the club in this way is incredible.

“It still hasn’t really sunk in. I can’t wait to see the posters when they’re on display.”

npower sponsorship manager Emma Collins said: “Steve’s story really deserved to win the competition. We’re delighted for him.

“The poster of the two promises to look fantastic. Fingers crossed for Steve it will be a wonderful day at Wembley, regardless of the result.”

The competition was part of npower’s Every Shirt Has a Story campaign, which encouraged football fans across the country to submit their favourite shirt stories.

There were more than three thousand entries from footy fans across the country.

The promotion is still open for fans to enter, with a range of prizes and football tickets to be won before June 30.

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npower Announces The Winner Of Every Shirt Competition For Reading FC

npower has announced that Royals’ fan Mark Horseman will be the face of Reading FC when they take on Swansea City.

Mark, 63, from Kennington, Oxford, will feature on a giant 24 x16 metre poster on the side of Wembley Stadium on Monday, May 30 – seen by thousands of people on their way into the ground for the npower Championship play offs Final.

Mark won the competition – run by Football League title sponsors npower – after explaining what the Reading shirt means to him. There were more than three thousand entries from football fans across the country.

He explained on his entry: “I may not have got an invite to the Royal Wedding, but this shirt is the only proof I need that I’m a Royal.”

The giant poster of the Every Shirt winner will be revealed on Wembley’s North Exterior Wall in full view of the thousands of fans walking up Olympic Way to the stadium.

Mark added: “I could hardly believe it when I heard I would be the face of Reading at Wembley. It is a huge day for the club and I am proud to be a part of it.

“I can imagine thousands of Reading fans walking towards the stadium. They will see my picture as soon as they are off the train. Several of my friends will be at the game and I am not going to tell them about the posters. It will be a big surprise for them.

“I go to most games with my daughter Helen and we will be at Wembley together to cheer the Royals on. I’m predicting a 3-1 win for the Royals with Super Shane Long to score.”

npower sponsorship manager Emma Collins said: “We are delighted for Mark. He is clearly a huge Reading fan.

“It is the biggest day of the season for the Royals. We’re sure Mark and Helen will enjoy their trip to Wembley – which promises to be a huge occasion for everyone involved.”

The competition was part of npower’s Every Shirt Has a Story campaign, which encouraged football fans across the country to submit their favourite shirt stories.

The promotion is still open for fans to enter, with a range of prizes and football tickets to be won before June 30.

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Matchplay Championship Crowns 2010/11 Winners

Grand Final of the UK’s biggest amateur golf event comes to a close at The Els Club in Dubai.

After a stunning display of fearless golf over the back nine at The Els Club in Dubai, the Matchplay Championship Grand Final was won by Andy Billson and Andy Castell from Collingtree Park Golf Club in Northamptonshire. The pair overturned a one-shot deficit going into the final 4 holes to claim the title by 2 shots from overnight leaders Chris Scott-Douglas and Mike Ankers. In the Mixed Pairs event Paul Fell from Clays Golf Centre and Joanne Beddows from Caldy Golf Club in Wrexham produced a dominant performance to take the title by 5 shots from Mike Perry and Samantha Hill. Fell and Beddows added a best-of-the-day 43 points to their existing 78 total in the better-ball stableford format. Meanwhile, in the non-active category, Stuart James and Craig Sullivan from Cardiff are the new Matchplay Champions for 2010/2011

“We’ve had a fantastic experience this week, if you’re an amateur golfer and you don’t enter this tournament you must be mad, everything is so well run it’s like playing in a professional tournament,” commented Andy Billson. “We got off to a slow start today, perhaps nerves played a part, but we really got it going around the turn making 3 straight birdies from the 7th to the 10th holes. On the 15th when Andy hit it in the hazard but amazingly the ball was playable and he managed to got it greenside. He ended up chipping it in for a birdie and four points, which took us into the lead.

The players have enjoyed luxurious accommodation at the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel throughout the week, as well as complimentary flights to Dubai and 4 rounds of golf at the world-renowned Els Club. Perfect weather has been a feature throughout the week as the 36 finalists, who entered for just £25 were whisked off for a truly unique amateur golf experience.

“It’s been a fantastic Matchplay Championship Grand Final. We’ve seen some great golf and experienced superb hospitality, professionalism and courtesy at both the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel and The Els Club,” commented John Woosey, Managing Director of The JRW Group, which organises the Matchplay Championship. “The tournament has been an overwhelming success and we couldn’t be happier. I know the players have had an unbelievable experience, so a big thanks go out to all the sponsors who without their support none of this would be possible.”

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The Matchplay Championship Grand Final Gets Underway In Dubai

Tie at the top in the first-round of Men’s Pairs Final at The Els Club, while David and Tracy Morris storm ahead in Mixed Pairs.

The Matchplay Championship Grand Final, one of Europe’s largest amateur golf tournaments has got underway today at The Els Club, Dubai, with Jim Bishop and Michael Cunningham from Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club in Essex tied for the first-round lead with Chris Scott-Douglas and Mike Ankers from Bloxwich GC and Darnford Moors GC in the West Midlands. Both teams scored 41 points in the Men’s Pairs event in the better-ball stableford format. Meanwhile, David and Tracy Morris of Collingtree Park Golf Club, Northamptonshire have stormed ahead in the Mixed Pairs with 38, and Stuart James and Craig Sullivan in the non-active event with 35 points. Perfect weather conditions and an immaculate golf course has greeted the players, who entered the tournament for just £25 at www.matchplaychampionship.co.uk. Enjoying luxurious accommodation at the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel, the players are battling it out in front of Sky Sports cameras for the right to be named Matchplay Champions 2010/2011.

“We had a great score today and we’re going to give a good go to keep it going over the next two days,” commented Jim Bishop, Langdon Hills Golf & Country Club. Mike made birdie on the first, which got us off to a flying start and we just tried to enjoy it from there. We’re playing well and enjoying the whole experience.”

First launched in 2003, the event has flown out 36 players to Dubai who qualified through Matchplay qualifying rounds and a Regional Final back in the UK. A competitive tournament with an essence of camaraderie has created a unique feel to this years’ Grand Final, as players bask in the delights of Dubai’s first-class hospitality.

“We’re thrilled to host the Matchplay Championships here at the Marriott Dubai Harbour Hotel, commented Jeff Strachan, Marriott’s Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, Middle East and Africa. “We’ve got a great bunch of competitors, who are staying in our luxurious apartments with panoramic views of the Dubai Palm and Dubai Marina. With incredible views from the Observatory Bar on the 52nd Floor and exquisite dining in AZ.U.R and Counter Culture restaurants, as well as a host of Spa and leisure facilities, the hotel is the ideal place to wind down after a competitive day on the golf course.”

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The Matchplay Championship All-Set For Grand Final Showdown In Dubai

Competitors gather from all over the UK to battle it out for The Matchplay Championship crown.

The Matchplay Championship, one of Europe’s largest amateur golf tournaments, will crown its new winners next week as competitors from across the UK and Ireland assemble at The Els Club, Dubai for the 3-day Grand Final showdown from the 10 – 12th May. After entering the tournament for just £25 at matchplaychampionship.co.uk, a diverse array of golfers will stake their claim for the title, having booked their place in the field by virtue of their success in the Matchplay qualifying rounds and Regional Final last month. With Sky Sports filming the action throughout the week they will have the chance to shine in front of a TV audience usually reserved for the world’s best players.

“There have been some unbelievable performances to get this far, including the team of Army Captains John Donaldson and Jon Sheard, who as recently as last year where out in Afghanistan,” commented John Woosey, Managing Director of the JRW Group, which promotes the Matchplay Championship. “With so much to play for this really could be a fairytale ending for one of the teams, and it will be interesting to see who can handle the pressure of playing in a televised Grand Final at one of the world’s best golf courses.”

Notable teams include the husband and wife pairing of David and Tracy Morris, who return to the Grand Final after finishing 3rd in last years’ Mixed Pairs event. They will be joined by fellow Collingtree Park members Andy Castell and Andy Billson, who claimed victory at the South Regional Final at Marriott St. Pierre. Graham Young and his son Patrick, a Bradford Golf Union player, have made the final by virtue of their success at the North Regional, played at their home club Marriott Hollins Hall. Scotland’s Robert Brown and Brian Williamson make the trip to the Grand Final for the first time, as do Stuart James and Craig Sullivan of Wales, both of whom have done so without the benefit of a home match in the qualifying stages.

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