Doncaster boxing legend Jon Jo Irwin signs knockout new sponsorship deal

L to r:- Jim Walton, Jon Jo Irwin, Kristian Walton and Jackie Irwin, with some of Jon Jo's boxing belts.

L to r:- Jim Walton, Jon Jo Irwin, Kristian Walton and Jackie Irwin, with some of Jon Jo's boxing belts.

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A knockout new deal has been signed to help secure the long-term future of an educational project for disadvantaged youngsters set up by Doncaster boxing legend Jon Jo Irwin.

Denaby-based haulage firm JP Walton and Son Transport signed a sponsorship deal to provide funds for the Dearne Valley Personal Development Centre in Mexborough.

The sum paid has not been disclosed but it will be made in monthly instalments.

The project is run by former British and Commonwealth boxing champion Jon Jo and his wife Jackie, a qualified secondary school art and design teacher.

Jon Jo, from Denaby, said: “The extra money coming in every month will certainly help us.

“We would like to supply the students with a uniform or excise kit.

“With JP Walton and Son Transports’ monthly donations we are now be able to do this, and so much more, it’s great news and we’re all delighted.”

Formed in 2012, the non profit DVPDC offers educational programmes in subjects such as English, maths and art, along with projects focusing on boosting health and fitness.

It is aimed at young people from across the Dearne Valley who have become disengaged from mainstream schools and colleges.

DVPDC currently has more than 60 young people on its books, all of whom have the chance to study and gain an NCFE qualification, which is equivalent to an A-level.

The scheme also employs nine members of staff to deliver the courses.

Jim Walton, managing director of JP Walton and Son Transport, said: “We like to get involved in supporting locally based community projects and we are delighted to help Jonjo and his team.

“They’re doing a great job helping young people, build confidence and self esteem.

“Long term it can only help the community of Mexborough and South Yorkshire.”

For more information about DVPDC visit www.dearnevalleypdc.co.uk