Become a patron – old

The future for Chorley’s young people just got a whole lot better!

Patrons are key to the success of a Youth Zone. Becoming a Patron of Chorley’s Youth Zone is your chance to be part of the Inspire story.

Our Patrons are a group of individuals and companies united by a determination to give young people in Chorley somewhere to go, something to do and someone to talk to. As a Patron you will form part of an exclusive group who share the vision to transform the lives of thousands of young people in Chorley.

Providing over 100 activities each week for all young people, regardless of ability or disability, we’re sharing skills, building confidence and creating positive experiences. Resulting in both happier, safer and healthier young people and a community the whole of Chorley can be proud of.


  • Create a bespoke, and mutually beneficial partnership.
  • Inspire and motivate your team, offering them professional and personal development opportunities.
  • Positively change the lives of 1000’s of young people in Chorley.
  • See at first hand the difference your involvement with the Youth Zone is making to future generations.
  • Increase brand awareness through positive local PR.
  • Allow your business to fulfil its Corporate Social Responsibilities.

If you would like to know more about becoming a Patron contact Our Partnerships team at –


Matt Hirst is the CEO of leading energy technology provider ESG with over 700 staff and operations in the USA, Canada and the UK. ESG’s UK headquarters are based in Chorley, Lancashire.


ESG empowers global leaders in energy to deliver on the future promise of energy through its SAAS solutions for Customer and Market Data Management and Smart Metering. Matt has a background in Sales and Marketing and led a MBO of UK company Utiligroup in 2014 before it was acquired by ESG in 2017 and has been with the business for 24 years. Matt won an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2016 as well as being a judge in 2018 and in 2017 his team was awarded the UK Regional and National Mid Market Management Team of the Year awards by the BVCA. Matt holds a BSc (Hons) degree from The University of Salford and a MBA from Lancaster University.

Ryan powell

head of operations

Hi, I’m Ryan and I’m the Head of Operations at Inspire Youth Zone.