Jack Petchey Foundation
If you think you can, you can!

Sir Jack Petchey, aged 90, knighted for services to young people, congratulates Queen on 90th

(10.6.16) Sir Jack Petchey CBE received his knighthood at Buckingham Palace yesterday for services to young people in London and Essex through the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Sir Jack Petchey CBE, aged 90, said “I would like to wish Her Majesty a Happy Birthday today from one 90 year old to another! It was also such an honour to receive a knighthood at Buckingham Palace just a day before. I have had the pleasure of meeting Her Majesty on a few occasions often due to her support for good causes.

More than receiving recognition myself I am proudest of  the recognition this knighthood gives to the Jack Petchey Foundation and the young people we support. I always say ‘If you think you can, you can’ whatever your background. Being recognised with this honour proves just that to the young people we work with. They can achieve, make positive contributions to society, and they will be satisfied in their lives.”

The 90 year old is still determined to go to work every day at the Jack Petchey Foundation which he created in 1999. It has contributed over £100 million to a wide range of good causes, benefitting over 500,000 young people every year.

Major schemes the Foundation funds include: 

  • Step into Dance through a partnership with the Royal Academy of Dance,  providing dance opportunities in over 200 secondary schools
  • The Jack Petchey London Schools’ Table Tennis Championships organised by Table Tennis England which increases participation and awareness of table tennis in secondary schools in London
  • The Panathlon Challenge inspiring young disabled people to use competitive sport and fair play as a means of social and personal development.

At a time when many youth services are being cut the Foundation provides over 2000 organisations with the means to recognise young people’s accomplishments through membership of its prestigious Achievement Award scheme. This in turn invests over £3m per year in grass roots youth work.

Sir Jack left school aged 13 with no qualifications yet went on to become one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs. His driving ambition has been to inspire and motivate young people and give them positive encouragement to achieve. 

Trudy Kilcullen CEO of the Jack Petchey Foundation said “The young people we support are absolutely delighted about this award. In their eyes Jack Petchey already is ‘Sir Jack’, not just because of the £100 million his charity has invested in them but because of the hope and inspiration his own personal story provides.”

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